This aged white tea is comprised entirely of an autumn harvest Shoumei form 2013. It has been pressed into a chocolate bar shape so that each 'chunk' comprises 6-8 grams of tea, perfect for a gongfu or boiling session. These bars, comprised entirely of Fuding white tea, were made with the intention of convenient brewing and they make excellent travel companions when venturing far from the tea set.
As this tea is compressed fairly tightly, these chunks take some time to open up; around the third brew, the liquor begins to turn darker and the leaves unfurl and wake up. Tea compressed in this fashion have a slower aging process, which is particularly noticeable when compared with the 2014 shoumei of the same producer and farm. The tea is very smooth and soothing in the throat, and while the leaves are less overtly fragrant than white tea that has been aged loose, the versatility in brewing really pays off. With 6 chunks to each bar, there is plenty of chances to experiment with different brewing styles, try gongfu, grandpa style, and boiling!