Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China
One bud with one leaf and one bud with two leaves
Round and smooth cake, well-compressed, full of tea buds and pekoes, yellowish green or dark green in color
Aged Woody flavor
Bright golden yellow
well-balanced smooth taste, tangy characteristic at first three to five steeps, astringent taste stays longer on the tongue, sweetish and mouth-watering afterwards
Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species (100-300 years)
Mengyou Tea Area
Low caffeine (nearly 20% of a cup of coffee)
Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated
The aged the better
This tea is picked in the autumn of 2012 and pressed into cake in the spring of 2013, and the teas picked in the autumn can also be called as “Gu Hua” or “Dao Hua”, which is the origin of this Daohua Xiang tea. This tea has been stored in Lincang city under dry storage condition, which means that the Pu-erh cake is natural fermentation under the environment of moderate temperature and humidity, ventilation and fresh air and does not absorb moldy odor or any other unpleasant bad odors, which will greatly retain the original flavor of Pu-erh teas.
The taste experience of this tea can be divided into 3 sections. The first two steeps taste weak. From the third to fifth steeps, the raw Pu-erh taste appears, and the astringent taste stays longer on the tongue, and even becomes sweetish and mouth-watering afterwards slowly. However, from the sixth steeps, the bitterness will be weak, and the first feeling while drinking is sweet, followed by a little bitter soon covered by mouth-watering sense. Overall, this is a raw Pu-erh cake with enough raw Pu-erh taste.
This cake is suitable for people who prefer raw pu'erh which has strong and sharp taste.
Recommend Brewing Method
Chinese Gongfu Way
Water: 12 oz / 355 ml 203℉ / 95℃ Use 5 Grams Tea Brewing time: 3-5 mins
There’re fifteen towns and villages in Fengqing that are covered with wild and cultivated old tea trees. Puerh tea areas include Xiang Zhu in Xiaowan Town, Xinyuan, Dashi Village, Mengyou Village, Yongxin, and so on, totally around 31000 mu.
The region of Mengyou area in Yunnan is a prominent place with wild tea trees, half wild and half cultivated tea trees. There’re lots of old tea trees that are aged to a few hundred years and some are even up to a thousand years old or more. The Ancient Tea Plantations here in Mengyou is a special cultural landscape, which gives vitality to this place.
An authentic Yunnan farmer, Mr. Zhou has been avidly contributing to the tea business for over 20 years. A short chat with Mr. Zhou revealed his passion and insistence of the traditional tea process. He values the quality inside tea and his experience came from spending most of his time on tea mountains. Mr. Zhou is passionate about bringing out the nature of tea to share with tea lovers around the world and claims that the best environment for growing perfect tea trees is in Fengqing.
This Raw Pu-erh Cake is from the representative Pu-erh production area Fengqing. Fengqing is a place in Lingcang which is one of the four famous Pu-erh production areas (Xishuangbanna, Pu’er (Simao), Lincang and Baoshan). Fengqing located in the northwest of Lincang, east longitude 99°31′～100°13′, northern latitude 24°13′～25°03′. It has a distance of 580 kilometers from Yunnan province Kunming. Fengqing is also the original place of the world-wide famous Dian Hong Tea and also one of the original habitats of planting tea all over the world. Fengqing is also an important place of the north part of Ancient Tea Route. There’s a biggest old tea tree named “Jing Xiu Cha Wang” found in Xiang Zhuqing village in Fengqing. It is a representative tea tree cultivated in Fengqing which is more than 3200 years old with 1.84 meter in diameter.
The highest altitude is 3098 meters while the lowest is 919 meters. It is subtropical monsoon climate with average 13-15℃ temperature. The lowest temperature is -5℃. The annual precipitation is 1200mm. The relative humidity is 70%. The soil is red. The raining is synchronous with the high temperature. The temperature is warm and sunshine is sufficient. The rainfall is concentrated.
The tea trees in Fengqing belongs to Fengqing Large-leaf vaviety, a kind of Sexual variety, Arbor, quite large. Original in Fengqing, tea tress very big, some even up to 6 meters high, the leaves 12.6 to 20.5 cm length, width 5.2 to 8.1 cm. In 1984 China identified the Fengqing Large-leaf as national improved variety, named “Hua Cha No. 13 (GsCTl3)”. It contains high content of the tea polyphenols and catechin. Usually the spring one bud and two leaves contains amino acid 2.9%, polyphenols 30.2%, caffeine 3.2% and catechin 13.4%.
Pu'erh tea is one of the oldest types of tea in China, with a history stretching back over 1,700 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty, when the tea was called Jing Cha. Pu'erh is named after the town of Pu-erh in Yunnan province, which was the early trading center for this tea. In this teas early history it was used as a bartering currency in south west China. In south west China the famed Cha Ma Gu Dao - “Tea Horse Road” - was built especially to transport this tea through the Himalayas to other countries and areas in Tibet.