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Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013

Tangy, high aromatic, rock candy sweet aftertaste

$6.00
Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013

Tangy, high aromatic, rock candy sweet aftertaste

Rating:
90% of 100
Categories:
Pu-erh
Summary
Origin:

Xigui (昔归), Bangdong Township, Lincang City, Yunnan

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

April 18, 2013

Net Weight

357g

Appearance:

Handmade compressed into cake shape

Aroma: 

Orchid and high aroma

Liquor: 

Bright and clear light yellow color

Taste: 

Nice and smooth, rich and complex taste; with remarkable rock candy sweet aftertaste,

along with a heavy secretion of saliva; the well-balanced orchid and fruity honey aroma

lingering long-time

Tea Bush:

Bangdong Large-leaf tea bush species

Tea Garden:

Xigui Wild 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:

Feel the well-balanced rich complex sweet and bitter taste of this ancient tree raw Puerh.

Xi Gui Raw Pu-erh 2013 is quite changeful in taste. Maybe you are familiar with the typical bold and unconstrained features of raw tea, or have tasted the mild and gentle characteristic brought by our Wild Tree Pu-erh. This Xi Gui tea is a combination of both.

The initial several steeps bring high aroma and pure sweetness, also a hint of bitterness, followed by a quick sweet aftertaste. The tea liquid leaves sweet and rich fragrance, lingering wonderfully in the throat. You can feel saliva secreting spontaneously in your month.

About seven or eight steeps later, the teas shows more tender and mild flavor, carrying a light orchid fragrance, tastes mellow and pure, along with a long, sustained aftertaste.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
203℉ / 95℃ 203℉ / 95℃
5g Tea 10g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 12 steeps: rinse, 10s,15s,20s,20s,20s,30s,40s,50s,60s,70s,90s,120s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Xigui Village lies in the east part of Bangdong region. Bounded on Lancang river on the west, the altitude in this small village drops (from west to east) sharply from 3,300 meters to 800 meters, which is not common in the whole Yunnan province. But it makes Xigui as one of the most precious treasured producing area of puer teas. The average altitude in Xigui is about 750 meters. The average temperature is around 21℃. Especially, its average annual rainfall is up to 1,200 millimeters. All those conditions are favorable to crop plantation. Most ancient tea trees in Xigui are grown in the old forest there. The tea trees are about 200 years old. By 2012, Bangdong Township has more than 3,570 acres of tea gardens in all, including 1,275 acres of precious ancient teas tree garden.

Xigui Wild Tea Garden

 

 

Origin

Xigui village is a small village, located in mountainous areas in Bangdong Township, Linchang, Yunnan province. Bangdong Township is at the eastern foot of Bangdong Snow Mountain chain,. Unimaginably, some of tea gardens are located in these mountains, about 2,000 feet high above sea level, where we sometimes called sunny slope. With a sea of clouds hovering over the lower part of those grotesque mountains, the sun light was unable to penetrate dense frog here until noon (sometimes 2 pm). All those factors contribute to a good environment for tea trees growth, where teas trees are hazed by mist in most of a day, absorbing the essence from the sun and clouds. No wonder Lu Yu said in his work The Classic of Tea that “better mountains, better mist, and better teas”.

Map of Xigui in Yunnan

Tea Bush

Bangdong Large-leaf species is a kind of sexual variety, arbor, quite large. Origin in Bangdong County, Lincang, those tea trees are very big, even up to 9 meters high. It contains high content of the tea polyphenols and catechin. Usually the spring one bud and two leaves contain amino acid 2.8%, polyphenols 28.3%, caffeine 4.4% and catechin 18.5%, water extractive 46.4%. The tea leaves used to make this Pu-erh cake tea Teavivre carefully selected are picked from hundred 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.

Bangdong 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-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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