357g 2014 Candlelight Shou Mei Bing 燭光壽眉餅

Li Yanmei

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357.00 Grams

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2014 Candlelight Shou Mei Bing (燭光壽眉餅, Zhú Guāng Shòu Méi Bǐng, "Candlelight Longevity Eyebrow Bing") - Aged Shou Mei (the leafiest grade of Fuding white tea) is one of our favorite things. The Chinese tea world has likewise fallen in love with aged white teas over the past decade and mature cakes have become more and more rare and expensive. Each year we try to secure a few cakes of good, aged Shou Mei from master Li Yanmei, whose family has been growing and processing tea in Fuding for generations. She stores her cakes in a dedicated cedar-lined room and only releases them at intervals - Usually when they turn 7 years old. This is in accordance with the adage "One year tea, three years medicine, seven years treasure" that describes the appreciation of white tea as it ages. 

Due to our long and close relationship with her and her family, she gives us the opportunity each year to purchase the upcoming release before it hits 7 years - which makes it about 20% cheaper than it would be for people buying it after its birthday. We usually then hold onto them and age them until the following year, so we can always offer a fully mature cake. 

Candlelight is a 2014 Shou Mei and is 8 years old at the time of this writing. Compared with its predecessor Effulgence, it has more leaf content (as opposed to buds) and therefore has a darker, sweeter taste. It is very similar to our erstwhile 2012 Shou Mei Bing, Cumulus. 

As the large leaves separate and unfurl, it produces an increasingly red and date-like liquor, with notes of honey and fresh bread. After 8-9 steepings, the leaves may be boiled or long-steeped to obtain another 3-4 robust, dark infusions. 

1 Review

  • 4
    Great product, small issue with packaging…

    Posted by Brad J on Mar 18th 2024

    If this was only about the tea, it’d be a 5 star review. First aged white I’ve tried…bought it with a mini beeng of 2016 Sugar Plum Shou Mei. Overall tasting experience can only be described as comforting….gentle, persistent warm, woody, maybe baked notes on the front, with a sweet, fruity finish. Kind of combines and mellows even more after a few infusions. My only issue was how it was packaged - a loose sheet of bubble wrap folded over it in a cardboard box. The beeng was in good shape, just a little surprised it wasn’t secured or wrapped more thoroughly. Also, brewing parameters on accompanying sticker (195• for 8-11 sec) were kind of at odds with the comments from the aged white episode of the YouTube series - I went the hotter, longer route.