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Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016

Ba Qi, with sweet and soft taste

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Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016

Ba Qi, with sweet and soft taste

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80% of 100
Categories:
Pu-erh
Summary
Origin:

Mengyou & Xueshan Town, Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

Tea leaves hand-picked between March and May, 2016

Production Date

July 26, 2016

Plucking Standard:

One bud with one or two leaves

Net Weight

357g

Dry Leaf: 

Round and smooth cake, well-shaped, it darkens in color with a scattering of red-colored tea leaves,

fat tea leaves with lots of white hairs on the surface and inside the cake.

Aroma: 

Rich woody aroma

Liquor: 

Golden bright in color

Taste: 

The aroma hints of orchid flower and wild flavor; it tastes smooth, soft, and slightly bitter but

quickly turns to sweet; its long-lasting fragrance will entirely cross your upper and lower jaws,

producing a copious secretion of saliva.

Tea Bush:

Fengqing large-leaf species (100-300 years old)

Tea Garden:

Lida & Xueshan tea garden (at an average altitude of over 1,800m above the sea level)

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:

Combining the features of Ba Qi (霸气:it is a term to describe the strength of the tea over other teas), sweet and soft taste, this raw Pu-erh tea will offer you a sense of excitement on its taste.

Teavivre’s Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) Raw Pu-erh tea is made of leaves from Fengqing large-leaf tea bushes between 100 and 300 years of age. The leaves for this tea were picked between March and May of 2016, with the standard of one bud with one or two leaves; only Grade 1 leaves are used, specially and carefully crafted using traditional processing methods. This raw cake is named for Da Xue Shan mainly because some of the original material comes from the beautiful town of Xueshan, situated in the southern part of Fengqing County. The highest point here is about 3100m above sea level, and the lowest is 1200m.

 

When compared to other raw pu-erh cakes produced in 2016, our Da Xue Shan has a characteristically strong “ba qi”, with its fullest flavor coming out around the fourth infusion. This tea has a prominent bitter character up front that quickly melts into a sweet aftertaste, going down smoothly and leaving an enjoyable fragrance in your mouth; this bitterness almost completely fades in later infusions, just as the sweetness becomes more and more prominent. In the end it carries a strong, heavy honey aroma, most noticeable when smelling your empty cup after brewing.

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 12 steeps: rinse, 15s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 40s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 150s, 200s
Tea Garden
Xue Shan Tea Garden

Mengyou and Xueshan towns are located in Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan province. With an average elevation higher than 2km above sea level, this area is blanketed with many large-leaf ancient tea trees. At these heights trees tend to grow more slowly, but produce tea of noticeably higher quality - which in turn leads to the saying that “good tea come from high mountains”. The trees here are nourished by the beautiful Lancang River, giving the trees a finer texture and thick taste, rich in water-soluble extractives that can be coaxed out of the leaves over many infusions. Along with this, pu-erh teas from this region feature a smoother taste and long-lasting fragrance.

Xue Shan Tea Garden

Tea Farmer

An authentic Yunnan farmer, Mr. Zhou has been avidly contributing to the tea business for over twenty years. A short chat with him revealed to us his passion for crafting tea and his insistence on using traditional production methods, and that he values the essential quality inside the trees. Mr. Zhou is passionate about bringing out that nature, to share it with tea lovers around the world. He also claims that the best environment for growing perfect tea trees is right where he lives in Fengqing.

Angel and Tea Partner in Tea Garden

Origin

This raw pu-erh cake comes from the representative pu-erh production area, Fengqing, located in the southern part of the Dianxi Longitudinal Valley. Fencing is a country in the northwestern area of Lincang, one of the four famous pu-erh production regions (with the others being Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, and Baoshan), and is one of the original tea-producing regions in the world. It is also famous as the hometown of Yunnan black tea, with a long history of planting, producing, and drinking tea, and features a throng of mountains webbed with beautiful rivers.

Map of Fengqing

Tea Bush

This pu-erh tea is made from the Fengqing large-leaf varietal, belonging to the Yunnan large-leaf species. This particular plant can grow to over six meters tall. In 1984 it was certified by the Chinese government as national-grade, and contains an abundant amount of tea polyphenol and catechin: 30.2% and 13.4%, respectively.

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’er in Yunnan province, which was the original trading center of this tea. In its early history, this tea was actually used as bartering currency in southwest China, where the famed Cha Ma Gu Dao, “Tea Horse Road”, was built for the sole purpose of transporting it through the Himalayas to other countries and areas in Tibet.

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