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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:
86% of 100
Categories:
TeaPu-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.

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
Mr Zhou and Angel

A born-and-bred Yunnan farmer, Mr. Zhou has been avidly contributing to the tea business for more than 20 years. A short chat with him made his passion for using traditional tea crafting processes apparent.

He values the essential quality inside the tea leaves, and says that his experience comes from spending most of his time in the tea gardens along the mountains.

Mr. Zhou is passionate about bringing out that internal quality of the tea to share with tea lovers around the world - and also claims that the best environment for growing the perfect tea is in Fengqing.

At the 14th Chinese Tea Industry Economic Annual Conference in 2021, Mr. Zhou won the honorary title of "National Tea Craftsman -- Tea Master".

Origin

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

History

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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