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Zhoushi Fengqing Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016

Thick and smooth, with noticeable sweetness

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Zhoushi Fengqing Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016

Thick and smooth, with noticeable sweetness

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

Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

Tea Leaves Hand-picked in April 2015 and April 2016

Production Date

August 6, 2018

Net Weight:

357g

Dry Leaf: 

Round compressed cake shape, it presents dark brown in color with lots of

golden buds visible on the surface and inside

Aroma: 

Aged woody scent & Jujube aroma

Liquor: 

Red-brown

Taste: 

Full-bodied, thick mouth feel with soft, mellow taste as well as sweetness

Tea Bush:

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species (more than 100 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:

Featured with thick and smooth taste, this ripened Pu-erh cake allows multiple infusions and produces noticeable sweetness and aged aroma.

Using Fengqing large-leaf tea tree leaves as the fresh material, this tea was handpicked throughout the springs of 2015 and 2016. The unique ratio of mixing teas of different harvests together creates a harmonious taste in this ripened cake, richer with a well-layered flavor profile. Upon opening the wrapper, the first thing of notice is the abundance of remarkably golden buds; when tasted, this tea’s sweetness presents itself fully up-front and then spreads through the mouth.

This tea has a soft, mellow taste and leaves a smooth feeling in the throat, with the overall experience thick in texture with a notable warmth, comfortable in winter.

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: 5 - 8 mins 12 steeps: Rinse, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 15s, 15s, 20s, 50s, 80s, 120s, 160s, 260s
Tea Garden

There are fifteen towns in Fengqing that cultivated old tea trees: Xiang Zhu in Xiaowan Town; Xinyuan; Dashi Village; Mengyou Village; Yongxin; and several others, together totalling around 31,000 mu.

Mengyou is an area in Yunnan thick with tea trees, half wild and half cultivated. Many of the old trees here are a hundred years old, while a select few are a thousand or more. The ancient tea plantations here have established a special cultural landscape, lending 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

Mr. Zhou is an authentic Yunnan farmer who has avidly contributed to the tea business for longer than twenty years. A short chat with him revealed to us his passion for and insistence on using traditional methods for producing tea, and also that he values the essential quality within the tea leaves. His experience has been collected over the time he has spent along the tea mountains.

He is passionate about bringing out that essential nature of tea, so he can share it with tea lovers around the world. Mr. Zhou claims that Fengqing boasts the best environment for growing the perfect tea trees.

Origin

This pu-erh cake comes from the representative pu-erh production region of Fengqing, in the southern part of the Dianxi Longitudinal Valley. Fengqing is a county in the northwestern part of Lincang and is one of the four famous pu-erh production areas among Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, and Baoshan, and is also one of the first birthplaces of tea throughout the entire world. It is also famous as being the hometown of Yunnan black tea in Lincang.

Fengqing holds a long history of tea planting, production, and drinking, and the land itself is beautifully varied between high mountains and snaking rivers.

Map of Fengqing

Tea Bush

This tea is made from the Fengqing large-leaf species, a unique type of Yunnan large-leaf tea tree. It propagates sexually and is a super large-leaf arbor type, meaning it can grow to be more than six meters tall.

In 1984 this variety was certified by the Chinese government as a national grade. It contains an abundance of tea polyphenol (30.2%) and catechins (13.4%), and also contains 2.9% amino acids and 3.2% caffeine.

Fengqing large-leaf tea bush species

History

Pu-erh is one of the oldest types of tea in China with a history stretching back over 1700 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 originally the early trading center for this tea. In early history pu-erh was used as a bartering currency in southwest China, with the famed Cha Ma Gu Dao, the Tea Horse Road, being built for the purpose of transporting this tea through the Himalayas to other countries and areas in Tibet.

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