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Fengqing Chun Xiang Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2008

Fresh and brisk, slight bitterness with sweet aftertaste

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Fengqing Chun Xiang Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2008

Fresh and brisk, slight bitterness with sweet aftertaste

Rating:
70% of 100
Categories:
TeaPu-erh
Summary
Origin:

Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

April, 2008

Production Date

May, 2008

Net Weight

200g

Dry Leaf: 

Compressed cake shape, some parts of the surface has begun to turn red.

Aroma: 

Fresh, typical pure raw pu-erh tea flavor

Liquor: 

Orange-yellow

Taste: 

Little bitter, brisk, sweet aftertaste, thirst quenching

Tea Bush:

Mengku large-leaf tea bush species (50-60 years old)

Tea Garden:

Ximu Tea Garden

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:

Its initial bitter taste and sweet aftertaste align well with a famous Chinese old saying - When bitterness is finished, sweetness begins (苦尽甘来).

Although this raw pu-erh tea has been aged for more than ten years, it still retains the “ardent” flavor unique to its type. The way it is packed into a tightly-pressed caked greatly slows the normal aging processes; this is why after so many years only a small amount of red can be seen on the surface of the leaves. If you want to enjoy that original raw taste, this tea is good to drink right now; alternatively, it can be stored for two or more years for a more mature flavor.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
212℉ / 100℃ 212℉ / 100℃
5g Tea 8g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 8 steeps: rinse, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s, 160s
Tea Garden

The Ximu tea garden is located in the southwestern part of Yunnan Province, at an elevation of around 1900 meters. The annual average temperature here is about 14.5℃ with an average precipitation of about 1400mm per year, all factors that lead to a better environment for the growth of crops, especially tea and walnuts.

Origin

This raw pu-erh cake is from Fengqing, the representative pu-erh production area in the southern region of the Dianxi longitudinal valley. As a county, Fengqing is in the northwest of Lincang, one of the four famous pu-erh production areas alongside Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, and Baoshan, and is one of the first homelands of tea in the world. This place 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 the environment features many mountains webbed with rivers.

Map of Fengqing

Tea Bush

The Mengku large-leaf tea tree is a rare variety in the world. These species are mainly distributed in Lincang City, Fengqing County, and Shuangjian County; Yunnan has a unique advantage when it comes to geography, as its abundant rainfall and prime temperature are perfect for planting these types of large-leaf trees. The leaves from these trees are abundant in polyphenols, catechins, and amino acids, meaning they are suitable for making pu-erh, black, and green teas.

mengku 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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