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

87% of 100

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


Dry Leaf: 

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


Fresh and fruity


Brilliant light yellow


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


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


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.

This Chun Jian Pu-erh tea cake is made from the leaves of an ancient Fengqing large-leaf tea tree, older than 500 years. Seasoned, master workers hand-pick these leaves during the Ming Qian and Yu Qian tea-picking season, between March 10th and April 20th; the tea picked during this period are called Chun jian. Ming Qian tea contains a high amount of amino acids and presents a fragrant, mellow flavor, while Yu Qian has a brighter aroma and a light, bitter taste. Combining the features of both under the excellent skill of the tea makers, this ancient Chun Jian raw pu-erh has a characteristic, even shape, strong aroma, and a bright yellowish-green color.

Compared with ripe pu-erh, raw pu-erh has a stronger flavor and aroma, with a more bitter taste but a sweeter aftertaste. It is high in tea polyphenols and contains strong antioxidants.

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 are fifteen towns in Fengqing that cultivate old tea trees, including Xiang Zhu in Xiaowan Town; Xinyuan; Dashi Village; Mengyou Village; Yongxin; and others, all in all totalling around 31,000 mu.

Mengyou in Yunnan is an area thick with wild tea trees, half wild and half cultivated. Many of the old trees here are aged to a few hundred years, while a rare few are a thousand or more. The ancient tea plantations here in Mengyou establish a special cultural landscape, giving great 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 more than twenty years. A short chat with him revealed to us his passion for and insistence on traditional methods of tea production, and that he values the quality inside tea. His experience comes from how he has spent most of his time along the tea mountains. Mr. Zhou is passionate about bringing out the essential nature of tea to share with tea lovers around the world, and he claims that the best environment for growing perfect tea trees can be found in Fengqing.


This pu-erh cake comes from the representative pu-erh production area, Fengqing, in the southern part of the Dianxi Longitudinal Valley. Fenging is a county in the northwest of Lincang, one of the four famous pu-erh production areas (among Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, and Baoshan), and is one of the first birthplaces of tea in the entire world. It is also famous as the hometown of Yunnan black tea in Lincang. Fengqing has a long history of planting, producing, and drinking tea, and the land features a throng of mountains webbed with rivers.

Map of Fengqing

Tea Bush

This tea is made from the Fengqing large-leaf species, a type of Yunnan large-leaf tea tree. It propagates sexually and takes the form of a super large-leaf arbor, which means that this plant can grow to over six meters tall. In 1984 the Fengqing large-leaf species was certified by the Chinese government as a national grade. It contains an abundant amount of tea polyphenol and catechins, 30.2% and 13.4% respectively, and also contains 2.9% amino acids and 3.2% caffeine.

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species


Pu-erh tea is one of the oldest types of Chinese tea, with a history stretching back over 1,700 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty, when the tea was called Jing Cha. It is named after the town of Pu’er in Yunnan province, which was the earliest trading center for this tea. In its early history pu-erh was used as a bartering currency throughout southwest China, and there the famed Cha Ma Gu Dao - or Tea Horse Road - was built especially to transport this tea through the Himalayas to other countries and areas in Tibet.

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