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Rich embedded substance, capable for long time steeping
The elegant Xi Gui Raw Pu-erh – TeaVivre’s 2014 Recommendation Tea
- Original Place: Xigui (昔归), Bangdong, Lincang, Yunnan
- Harvest Time: 2013
- Tea Tree: Yunnan Large Leaf Species
- Appearance: bold leaves and buds both outside and inside the cake.
- Tea Liquid: full and strong flavor, nice and smooth taste; high aroma, with lingering, strong sweet aftertaste, along with a heavy secretion of saliva.
- Tea Leaf: complete in shape, with obvious tea buds.
- Production Date: April 18, 2013.
- Weight: 357g.
Xi Gui Raw Pu-erh 2013 is quite changeful in taste. Maybe you are familiar with the typical bold and unconstrained features of raw tea, or have tasted the mild and gentle characteristic brought by our Wild Tree Pu-erh. But this Xi Gui tea is a combination of both.
The initial several steeps bring high aroma and pure sweetness, also a hint of stringency, followed by a quick sweet aftertaste. The tea liquid leaves sweet and rich fragrance, lingering wonderfully in the throat. You can feel saliva secreting spontaneously in your month.
About seven or eight steeps later, the teas shows more tender and mild flavor, carrying a light orchid fragrance, tastes mellow and pure, along with a long, sustained aftertaste.
Xi Gui Pu-erh has dark green leaves, tight and strong. The leaves smell of orchid flower, brews dauntless and rich tea liquid, can bring a little bit bitterness mixed within the brisk and sweet aftertaste.
As written on The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu that the high quality tea must have roots under rubble. Bangdong village is a place like this. Big stones here scattered all over the ancient land, with fertilize soil which can be 2 meters thick below them. Tea trees are luxuriated in such fertile soil with deep roots.
TeaVivre’s Brewing Review
Use 10 grams Xi Gui Ancient Tree tea, brew at 100℃ with a 100ml gaiwan.
First Steep 20s
Fragrant and sweet, tastes strong, sweet aftertaste.
Second Steep 30s
The liquid is yellow and clean, tastes powerful, quick sweet aftertaste; high and long-lasting aroma revealed.
Third & Fourth Steeps 20s – 30s (10s additional time to each steep)
Tastes stronger, richer with instant sweet aftertaste; high and long-lasting aroma.
Fifth Steep 30s
With the aroma lingering in the mouth, the tea starts turning; aroma and taste is less powerful
Sixth Steep 30s
The strong taste at first sip became tender.
Seventh Steep 30s
Became softer and mellower; fragrance still remains.
Eighth to Tenth Steeps 50s – 70s (10s additional time to each steep)
Mild and rounded with sweet aftertaste; can feel saliva secreting spontaneously.
Eleventh & Twelfth Steeps 90s – 120s (add time to each steep based on your favorite taste)
Bitterness is gone. Mildness and mellowness left with sweet aftertaste.
The Original Place – Xigui Village, Bangdong, Lingcang
Xigui village is a small village, located in mountainous areas in Linchang, Yunnan province.
Bangdong Township is at the eastern foot of Bangdong Snow Mountain chain, which has a peak altitude of 3,429 meters. Unimaginably, some of tea gardens are located in these mountains, about 2,000 feet high above sea level, where we sometimes called sunny slope. With a sea of clouds hovering over the lower part of those grotesque mountains, the sun light was unable to penetrate dense frog here until noon (sometimes 2 pm).
All those factors contribute to a good environment for tea trees growth, where teas trees are hazed by mist in most of a day, absorbing the essence from the sun and clouds. No wonder Lu Yu said in his work The Classic of Tea that “better mountains, better mist, and better teas”.
Xigui Village lies in the east part of Bangdong region, is the lowest altitude in Bangdong. Bounded on Lancang river on the west, the altitude in this small village drops (from west to east) sharply from 3,300 meters to 800 meters, which is not common in the whole Yunnan province. But it makes Xigui as one of the most precious treasured producing area of puer teas.
Tips: Lancang River is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It is the world's 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km. From the Tibetan Plateau this river runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam).
The average altitude in Xigui is about 750 meters. The average temperature is around 21℃. Especially, its average annual rainfall is up to 1,200 millimeters. All those conditions are favorable to crop plantation. Most ancient tea trees in Xigui are grown in the old forest there. The tea trees are about 200 years old. By 2012, Bangdong Township has more than 3,570 acres of tea gardens in all, including 1,275 acres of precious ancient teas tree garden.
Introduction of the Tea Tree and Tea Leaves
The tea trees in Fengqing belong to Fengqing Large-leaf species, a kind of sexual variety, arbor, quite large. Original in Fengqing, those tea trees are very big, even up to 6 meters high; the leaves can reach 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 species, named “Hua Cha No. 13 (GsCTl3)”. It contains high content of the tea polyphenols and catechin. Usually the spring one bud and two leaves contain amino acid 2.9%, polyphenols 30.2%, caffeine 3.2% and catechin 13.4%.
The tea leaves used to make this Pu-erh cake tea Teavivre carefully selected are picked from 30 to 40 years old Large-leaf Arbor Tea Trees. The trees are naturally growth without any fertilizer and pesticides, only need manually loosen the oil and trim branches and leaves. The tea leaves are hand-picked and selected on April, 2006. It contains many golden buds which ensure the high quality of this pu-erh cake.
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