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Qian Qiu Sui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2020

Full and mellow, rich layers of taste

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Qian Qiu Sui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2020

Full and mellow, rich layers of taste

Rating:
80% of 100
Categories:
TeaPu-erh
Summary
Origin:

Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

April 15 – May 15, 2020

Production Date

May 28, 2020

Net Weight

357g

Dry Leaf: 

Round and even shape, dark green in color, clear and strong strips with white fuzz

Aroma: 

Sweet and honey aroma

Liquor: 

Clear and bright yellow

Taste: 

The entrance is soft, full and mellow, slightly bitter but turns to sweet quickly,

with rich layers of taste and strong feeling of body fluid producing

Tea Bush:

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species

Tea Garden:

Mengyou Tea Area (above 1900m)

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 100% 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:

The tea liquid is soft but rich, worthy of the name: Qian Qiu Sui.

Fengqing County is very rich in ancient tea resources. Wild and cultivated ancient tea trees are formed into forests and can be seen everywhere. Among them, the world’s recognized strongest and oldest tea tree "3200-year-old Jin Xiu tea ancestor" grew on this land. The raw materials for this Qian Qiu Sui Pu-erh cake come from this group of ancient trees, which give the tea a unique wild charm of ancient tree tea. As soon as the package is opened, the sweet and honey fragrance of the dry tea comes to our face. The tea liquid is refreshing and clear, and the taste is rich, with a lingering fragrance and strong sweet aftertaste in mouth after drinking

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 11 steeps: rinse,10s, 10s, 10s, 15s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 130s
      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.

Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

The raw materials for this Qian Qiu Sui were sourced from several locations across Mengyou, with the major raw material coming from Xiangzhuqing in Xiaowan Town. It's also home to the 3200-year-old Jinxiu tea ancestor. Angel and Chris have also paid a visit.

jin xiu tea tree

jin xiu tea tree

3200-year-old ancient tea tree, photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

picking

Busy tea farmers during the picking season

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 which are over 300 years old and mainly over 800 years old. 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.

tea tree

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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