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Fengqing Ancient Tree Spring Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2012

Pleasant bitterness, sweet aftertaste

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Fengqing Ancient Tree Spring Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2012

Pleasant bitterness, sweet aftertaste

Rating:
85% of 100
Categories:
Pu-erh
Summary
Origin:

Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

Tea Leaves Hand-picked between March 10, 2012 and April 20, 2012

Production Date

July, 2012

Net Weight

357g

Dry Leaf: 

Round compressed cake shape, Made of 100% pure one bud with one to three tea leaves

Aroma: 

Fresh and fruity

Liquor: 

Brilliant light yellow

Taste: 

Taste soft of first sip, smooth, quick sweet after-taste,

the earthiness is perfectly complimented by the silky honey notes.

Tea Bush:

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species

Tea Garden:

Mengyou Tea Area

Caffeine:

Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated

Shelf Life:

The aged the better

Angel's Comment:

A great Raw Pu erh tea with pleasant bitterness and sweetness.

Ancient Chun Jian Puerh Cake Tea is made from leaves of ancient tea tree (Fengqing large leaf tree species) of more than 500 years old. Seasoned Master workers hand picks these leaves between the time of March 10th and April 20th, which is the pick time of Ming Qian tea and Yu Qian tea. These tea picked in this period are called Chun Jian. We know that Ming Qian tea contains a large amount of amino acid, presenting a fragrant and mellow flavor, while Yu Qian tea has high aroma and light bitter taste. Combining the features of both Ming Qian and Yu Qian, with the excellent skills of tea makers, this Ancient Chun Jian Raw Puerh is characteristic of even shape, strong aroma and bright yellowish green color.

Compared with Ripe Puerh, Raw Puerh has stronger flavor and aroma, with bitter 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.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
203℉ / 95℃ 203℉ / 95℃
5g Tea 8g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 10 steeps: rinse,10s,10s,10s,20s,20s,30s,30s,45s,45s,60s
      Rinse time is 3 seconds
Tea Garden

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.

Dashi Wild Area

tea picking 1
tea picking 2

People here usually climb up the tree to pick tea leaves.

Tea Farmer

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.

Origin

This Pu-erh Cake is from the representative Pu-erh production area Fengqing which is located in the south of Dianxi Longitudinal Valley. Fengqing is a county locates in the northwest of Lincang, one of the four famous Pu-erh production areas (Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, Lincang and Baoshan), and is one of the first origin places of tea in the world. It is also famous for being the hometown of Yunnan black tea in Lincang. Fengqing has a long history of planting, producing and drinking tea and it contains a throng of mountains alternated with rivers.

Map of Fengqing

Tea Bush

This Puerh Tea is made from Fengqing large-leaf species that belong to Yunnan large-leaf species. The sexual propagation, arbour, super large-leaf means this big plant can reach over 6 meters tall. In 1984 the Fengqing large-leaf species was certified by the Chinese Government as national grade and was numbered as “Huacha NO. 13 (GsCT13)”. This species contains an abundant amount of tea polyphenol and catechin. The formation of these teas in the spring is 2.9% amino acid, 30.2% tea polyphenol, 3.2% caffeine and 13.4% catechin.

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species

History

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.

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