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Zhoushi Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2017

Sweet & soft taste with lingering aroma

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Zhoushi Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2017

Sweet & soft taste with lingering aroma

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80% of 100
Summary
Origin:

Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

April, 2017

Production Date

May 7, 2018

Net Weight:

357g

Dry Leaf: 

Round & flat cake shape, it presents dark green in color with lots of

white hairs visible on the whole cake

Aroma: 

Pekoe aroma with a hint of honey

Liquor: 

Bright yellow

Taste: 

Sweet & soft taste, it produces a bitterness but changes quickly, forming a sweet aftertaste in the mouth

Tea Bush:

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species (200 years old)

Tea Garden:

Mengyou Tea Area

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:

The first Puerh named after Zhou family. It is slightly simple at first but in later sips, a fresh and brisk fragrance expand outward with long-lasting lingering taste, which is an interesting tea that is worthy of careful taste.

Harvested from Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species over 200 years old, this raw Pu-erh cake made by Mr. Zhou is picked by one bud with one or two leaves, and then processed with the traditional methods. It has a flat and round appearance with plenty of tea buds evenly distributed inside and outside of the cake. When brewing, the fragrance of tea will be slowly spread, along with a slight of honey notes. Since it's a relatively young raw Pu-erh cake tea, so it has slightly bitter and astringent taste, but it will quickly transform this flavor into sweetness. Unlike other Pu-erh teas, this raw Pu-erh is a very interesting tea that needs to be carefully taste, and it will surprise you with its taste and aroma for the each time you try.

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 12 steeps: Rinse, 10s, 15s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 140s, 180s, 240s
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.

Dashi Wild Area

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 more than twenty years. A short chat with him revealed to us his passion for and insistence on traditional methods of tea production, and that he values the quality inside tea. His experience comes from how he has spent most of his time along the tea mountains. Mr. Zhou is passionate about bringing out the essential nature of tea to share with tea lovers around the world, and he claims that the best environment for growing perfect tea trees can be found in Fengqing.

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. 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.

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush 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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