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Fengqing Daohua Xiang Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013

Woody, tangy, sweet aftertaste

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Fengqing Daohua Xiang Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013

Woody, tangy, sweet aftertaste

Rating:
72% of 100
Categories:
Pu-erh
Summary
Origin:

Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

Mid-autumn, 2012

Production Date:

April, 2013

Plucking Standard:

One bud with one leaf and one bud with two leaves

Net Weight:

357g

Dry Leaf:

Round and smooth cake, well-compressed, full of tea buds and pekoes, yellowish green or dark green in color

Aroma: 

Aged Woody flavor

Liquor: 

Bright golden yellow

Taste:

Well-balanced smooth taste, tangy characteristic at first three to five steeps,

astringent taste stays longer on the tongue, sweetish and mouth-watering afterwards

Tea Bush:

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species (100-300 years)

Tea Garden:

Mengyou Tea Area

Caffeine:

Low 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:

This cake is suitable for people who prefer raw pu'erh which has strong and sharp taste.

This tea is picked in the autumn of 2012 and pressed into cake in the spring of 2013, and the teas picked in the autumn can also be called as “Gu Hua” or “Dao Hua”, which is the origin of this Daohua Xiang tea. This tea has been stored in Lincang city under dry storage condition, which means that the Pu-erh cake is natural fermentation under the environment of moderate temperature and humidity, ventilation and fresh air and does not absorb moldy odor or any other unpleasant bad odors, which will greatly retain the original flavor of Pu-erh teas.

The taste experience of this tea can be divided into 3 sections. The first two steeps taste weak. From the third to fifth steeps, the raw Pu-erh taste appears, and the astringent taste stays longer on the tongue, and even becomes sweetish and mouth-watering afterwards slowly. However, from the sixth steeps, the bitterness will be weak, and the first feeling while drinking is sweet, followed by a little bitter soon covered by mouth-watering sense. Overall, this is a raw Pu-erh cake with enough raw Pu-erh taste.

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, 15s, 15s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 40s, 40s, 50s, 100s
Tea Garden

There’re fifteen towns and villages in Fengqing that are covered with wild and cultivated old tea trees. Puerh tea areas includ 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.

Gu Shu Chun Jian Tea tree
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 Ripe 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. Fengqing located in the northwest of Lincang, east longitude 99°31′~100°13′, northern latitude 24°13′~25°03′. I has a distance of 580 kilometres from Yunnan province Kunming. 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.
The highest altitude is 3098 meters while the lowest is 919 meters. It is subtropical monsoon climate with average 13-15℃ temperature. The lowest temperature is -5℃. The annual precipitation is 1200mm. The relative humidity is 70%. The soil is red. The raining is synchronous with the high temperature. The temperature is warm and sunshine is sufficient. The rainfall is concentrated.

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.
The tea leaves used to make this Puerh 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.

Fengqing large-leaf 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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