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Menghai Golden Buds Tribute Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2009

200g small and exquisite cake, palace grade

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Menghai Golden Buds Tribute Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2009

200g small and exquisite cake, palace grade

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88% of 100
Summary
Origin:

Bulang Mountain, Menghai County, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

May, 2009

Production Date:

May 20, 2016

Plucking Standard:

One bud with two leaves

Net Weight:

200g

Dry Tea:

Small and exquisite Pu-erh cake, slightly loose on the edge, many golden or reddish brown tea buds on the surface and inside of the cake.

Aroma: 

Slight but persistent aged fragrant

Liquor: 

Clear, bright deep red color

Mouthfeel:

Soft and smooth, slightly sticky with obvious sweet

Tea Bush:

Menghai large-leaf tea bush species

Tea Garden:

Man Xin Long Tea Garden

Fermentation:

Post-fermented

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% 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 kind of palace grade ripened Pu-erh cake weights only about 200g, which is suitable for new tea beginners to try.

Our previous Golden Buds Tribute Ripened Pu-erh Cake turned out to be extremely popular among pu-erh tea lovers, but unfortunately remained out of stock for quite a while. We received many requests to restock it, and as such decided to produce a TeaVivre-brand tribute-quality ripened pu-erh 200g cake. To do this, Angel contacted pu-erh tea factories to find a good source for high-quality loose tea to press into cakes; during this, TeaVivre began to design the packaging, and after about half a year, this new cake was finally finished.

This tea follows the one bud, two leaf picking standard, and was picked during the spring of 2009 from Bulang Mountain large-leaf tea bushes. We sifted the shoot tips (the ‘golden buds’) for the tea after the pile fermentation step; this is what allows us to mark this tea as “palace-grade” for its raw material. In order to ensure and enrich the tea’s taste, in palace-grade pu-erh usually other grades of raw materials are blended in - but this cake in contrast is 100% pure palace-grade raw material, with no additives or substitutes.

Pu-erh tea material can be divided into 11 grades, of which “palace-grade” has the most tender leaves and delicate taste; if you are used to strong tea, this one might be too light. However, this also means that it may be perfect for beginners of pu-erh tea, or those who prefer a lighter taste.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
212℉ / 100℃ 212℉ / 100℃
5g Tea 10g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 11 steeps: rinse, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s
      Rinse time is 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Man Xin Long stockaded village is located in Bulang Shan at an elevation of 1800 meters, surrounded all around by thick forests. The Bulang nationality here migrated to the area over two hundred years ago; the tea trees within the nearby 150mu were planted during that time.

Man Xin Long stockaded village
Picking tea leaves on the high tea tree

In the tea grove, tea farmers are picking tea leaves on the high tea tree.

Origin

Bulang Mountain in Menghai County of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, is a famous pu-erh production area with the highest abundance of ancient tea trees within 100,000 hectares. The mountain rolls and stretches throughout Menghai, with deep valleys cutting through hills. The average elevation here reaches over 1200 meters, while the tall Sanduo Peak stretches up to around 2100 meters; standing there will give you a clear view of the entire mountain.

The surrounding area experiences good sunlight and abundant rainfall, being of the subtropical monsoon climate, and a remarkably short frost season. During the spring and winter, a thick, heavy fog lies around the area, while summer and autumn are most often overcast and rainy.

Map of Yunnan,Bulang Mountain

Tea Bush

Native to Menghai County, Xishuangbanna, the Menghai large-leaf tea tree spaces was rated as the most improved national tea variety in 1984. It has the ability to grow up to 7m tall in the wild, with bold green leaves that are much larger than more common varieties. The buds of this species are most often yellow-green, and coated in fine fuzz. The leaves of this tree are high in phytochemicals: one tea bud with two leaves contains 2.3% amino acids, 32.8% polyphenolic compounds, 4.1% caffeine, and 18.2% catechinic acid. As a result, pu-erh tea made from the Menghai species is high quality and rich in flavor, with a soft taste and full-bodied essence.

Menghai large leaf tea tree 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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