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- 2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha 100g
A kind of Sheng Puerh Tuocha From Yunnan fengqing
- Produced in Fengqing(凤庆), Lincang, Yunnan, China
- Made of 100% pure one bud with one to three tea leaves from 50 to 150 years fengqing large tea-leaf speices
- Pressed into well-proportioned nest shape, which is tight and even.
- Leaves Hand-picked around April 1 to 10, 2006.
- Bright yellowish color, taste strong flavor of first sip, quick sweet after-taste.
- Soft and bright tea leaves after brewing
- Production Date: July, 2006.
Tuocha, a compressed tea in hollowed hemispheric shape, is mainly produced in Yunnan. This 100g Tuocha is from Fengqing, Lincang, Yunnan.
The materials of Tuocha are from Fengqing large tea speices. Fresh tea leaves will be made into dry tea in traditional craft method after being picked, then will be pressed into nest shape. The appearance of Tuocha reminds you of mountain. While smelling the faint scent of Sheng Pu-erh, you will have the feelings of being in beautiful scenery of Yunnan.
Sheng Pu-erh has strong flavor for first sip. Yet the sweet aftertaste will bring you a wonderful impression. You can feel a hint of sweet as sugarcane remaining in your mouth. To make good Sheng Pu-erh, the picking of fresh tea leaves is strictly required. It must be picked around the term of Qing Ming. This 100g Tuocha was compressed in July, 2006. It has dark green color, and looks cute when held in hands. This Tuocha is in 7cm width and 4.5cm height. The leaves are soft after brewed. If you like the taste of Sheng Pu-erh, or want to try compressed tea of medium weight, you will be satisfied with this 100g Sheng Tuocha.
The tissue paper wrapped over the cake or brick can help to keep the tea dry and protect it from foreign flavor, but it is very thin and breakable. The tissue paper will wear and tear after long time's storage due to oxidization.
You can place the Pu-erh tea in sealed bag or box to keep it from air.
Raw Puerh refers to the raw loose tea leaves (the sun dried teas) that made from fresh tea leaves by de-enzyming, rolling and sun-drying. To steam the loose teas, shape it into cakes with mould, then dry the cakes in the sun, you can get Puerh raw tuocha. Normally one tuocha weights 100g, 250g. Compared with Ripe Puerh, Raw Puerh has stronger flavor and aroma, with a stronger taste but sweet aftertaste. It has high tea polyphenol content and a strong ability of antioxidant. Puerh lovers will often start with ripe Puerh, and gradually get fond of raw Puerh.
The Place Where Our Raw Pu-erh Tea Comes From
Fengqing, the hometown of Yunnan black tea, has provided good materials for tea producers for long times. In the area of Yunnan, Fengqign County in Lincang City is one of the most featured places of producing Puerh.
This 2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha is from De Si Li county, Meng You, Fengqing, Lincang (凤庆县勐佑镇德思里乡). Lincang is one of the four major origins of Puerh (The four are: Xishuangbanna, Simao, Lincang and Baoshan). Fengqing locates in the northwest of Lincang in the elevation between E 99°31’ - 100°13’, N 24°13’ - 25°03’. It’s about 580 kilometers far from provincial capital Kunming. Also Fengqing is the origin place of Yunnan black tea. It owns the reputation as the hometown of Yunnan black tea, as well as the origins of planting teas. Moreover, Fengqing is an important path on the south of Ancient Tea Route.
Introduction of the tea farmer
The founder of Yunnan Sanning Tea Factory Mr Zhou Zhirong, who is an authentic Yunnan people, has been in tea business for more than 20 years. He established Sanning tea in 1998 which was authorized famous brand by Yunnan province. We deeply felt his insist of traditional tea process by communicating with him. He said: “Most of my time is spent on tea mountain. I think the most important is the essential quality inside the tea.” “There’s the best tea trees and best environment in Fengqing. What we need to do is to bring the natural of tea to all the tea lovers”.
Mr Zhou in his tea garden
About Tea Tree
The tea tree in Fengqing is Fengqing large leaf species (belongs to Yunnan large leaf species). It is the variety of sexual propagation, arbor, super large leaf, origin in Fengqing, big plant which could reach the height over 6 meters, with the leaf at length of 12.6 – 20.5 centimeters and width of 5.2 – 8.1 centimeters. In 1984 the Chinese government certificated Fengqing large leaf species as national grade, and numbered it as “Huacha NO. 13 (GsCT13)”. Fengqing large leaf species contains a large amount of tea polyphenol and catechin. Usually in spring teas there are 2.9% of amino acid, 30.2% of tea polyphenol, 3.2% of caffeine and 13.4% of catechin.
The most important things decide the Puerh quality:
1 Place: The high quality Puerh should use the Yunan Large-leaf variety. The main traditional Puerh production areas are Xishuangbanna, Pu’er (Simao), Lincang and Baoshan. The tea from different area has different characteristic. And each place also has their own representative places, for example, the representative places in Lingcang are: Fengqing and Mengku.
2 The quality of tea tress: Although all the Puerh tea trees are Yunnan Large-leaf tea trees variety, this variety also has many subcategories. There are many ways to distinguish the tea trees. In order to understand easily, we can judge the quality by the age of the trees. The older the tea tree is, the deeper the root is, so it can absorb more nutrient and mineral substance which can ensure the high quality of the tea. Generally speaking, the 60 years old tea tree (also called big tea tree 大树茶) is better than the 30 years old tea tree (also called arbor tea tree 乔木茶) which is better than 10 years old or less than 10 years old tea tree (also called tableland tea tree 台地茶). Of course, there are also some tea trees more than hundred years old which is quite rare.
3 Picking time: For big tea tree, the Spring tea and Autumn tea both have their own characteristic which are better than Summer tea.
For tableland tea tree, the Spring tea is the best, then Autumn tea, Summer tea is the worst
4 The grade of tea leaves: The thick branches and big leaves don’t mean it is bad quality. Usually the grade only means the tenderness of the maocha. It can be divided into ten grades by the tenderness. The super grade is the most tender which contains tiny buds with golden tips. The worst is the tenth grade which contains big leaves with stalk. The appearance of higher grade maocha is elegant and the also contains more inclusions. But the higher grade also has bitter taste. The lower grade taste roughly and clearly, and also contains much fragrant which make the tea rich taste. So it is better to choose puerh by the taste you like but not only focus on the grade.
5 Storage time: Under the condition of dry storage, the taste changes with the length of time it stored; the longer it stored, the better it tastes. With fine Pu-erh tea, the longer it is stored and aged, as long as it is stored properly, the more complex the flavor and the more valuable the tea gets. But it need to note that it is under the condition of good place, tea tree and proper picking time, it can’t be only emphasis the storage time but ignore the tea inner quality.
Additionally, compare with Ripe Puerh, the Raw Puerh doesn’t have the wet piling process so it should be more focus on the tea resource quality.
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Commonly asked questions
- Q: Hello,
Could you please tell me the brewing plan in a gaiwan for this amazing tea? Posted on 8/27/13 by Barkoczi Eduard
Reply: Pu-erh tea is better to be brewed in yixing teapot. If you want to use gaiwan, you can choose a 3oz or 4oz gaiwan, use 10g tea, brew for 14 steeps. For the time of each steep, you can check this as reference: 10s,20s,25s,30s,35s,40s,50s, 60s, 1m10s, 1m30s, 2m, 2m30s, 3m, 3m30s.
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