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Fengqing Ripened Tribute Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013

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This Pu-erh Cake Tea was made in 2013. Compressed into round, flat, disc shape, this tea cake individually wrapped 400g per cake. It has a complex mellow earthy flavor with a sweet aftertaste.

  • Produced in Fengqing (凤庆), Lincang, Yunnan, China
  • Made from 100% pure leaves from 50 to 100 years old Large-leaf Arbor Tea Trees
  • Leaves Hand-picked between March and May in 2006. Choose high quality leaves during process
  • Mellow earthy sweet taste with flowery flavor
  • Manufacture: Yunnan Fengqing Sanning Tea Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Production Date: Nov 8, 2013

This Ripe Pu-erh Cake PureTea chose is from the representative Pu-erh production area Fengqing. Fengqing is the original place of the world-wide famous Dian Hong Tea. And it is also a classic place of Yunnan Pu-erh. It is a place in Lingcang which is one of the four famous Pu-erh production areas. The taste of Fengqing Pu-erh is mellow and sweet, deeper than Pu-erh in other production area. And it usually has the flowery flavor of Dian Hong Tea. The tea leaves used to make this Ripened Tribute Pu-erh Cake Tea are all pure leaves hand-picked from 50 to 100 years old Large-leaf Arbor Tea Trees.

Recommend Brewing Guide:
Western Method Chinese Gongfu Way
Water : 17oz / 500ml 212℉ / 100℃ Water : 3oz / 85ml 212℉ / 100℃
Use 10 Grams Tea Use 10 Grams Tea
3 - 10 mins 10 steeps : rinse,10s,20s,20s,30s,30s,40s
50s,80s,120s,180s
Teapot may be your choice Gaiwan, Yixing Clay may be your choice
Rinsing time is around 5 seconds


Ripe Puerh is made from Green maocha (毛茶), with the addition step of wet piling (the wet piling process was first developed in 1973 by Kunming Tea Factory, so the Ripe Puerh is a product after1973).  Pu-erh tea cake is made into tea cake shape, size ranges from as small as 100g to as large as 5 kg or more, with 357g, 400g and 500g being the most common.  Aged Pu-erh teas are known for their ability to break down fats, and to help with weight loss, so they are often served in China after a heavy meal.  Puerh tea is mild, it is good for nourishing stomach.


Where is this tea produced

This Ripe Pu-erh Cake is from the representative Pu-erh production area Fengqing.  Fengqing is a place in Lingcang which is one of the four famous Pu-erh production areas (Xishuangbanna, Pu’er (Simao), Lincang and Baoshan).  Fengqing located in the northwest of Lincang, east longitude 99°31′~100°13′, northern latitude 24°13′~25°03′.  It has a distance of 580 kilometers from Yunnan province Kunming.

Fengqing is also the original place of the world-wide famous Dian Hong Tea and also one of the original habitats of planting tea all over the world.  Fengqing is also an important place of the north part of Ancient Tea Route. There’s a biggest old tea tree named “Jing Xiu Cha Wang” found in Xiang Zhuqing village in Fengqing.  It is a representative tea tree cultivated in Fengqing which is more than 3200 years old with 1.84 meter in diameter.

The highest altitude is 3098 meters while the lowest is 919 meters.  It is subtropical monsoon climate with average 13-15℃ temperature.  The lowest temperature is -5℃.  The annual precipitation is 1200mm.  The relative humidity is 70%.  The soil is red.   The raining is synchronous with the high temperature.  The temperature is warm and sunshine is sufficient.  The rainfall is concentrated.  

Map of Yunnan province

feng qing sceneFengqing Scene


Introduction of the tea tree and tea leaves

The tea trees in Fengqing belongs to Fengqing Large-leaf vaviety, a kind of Sexual variety, Arbor, quite large.  Original in Fengqing, tea tress very big, some even up to 6 meters high, the leaves 12.6 to 20.5 cm length, width 5.2 to 8.1 cm.  In 1984 China identified the Fengqing Large-leaf as national improved variety, named “Hua Cha No. 13 (GsCTl3)”.  It contains high content of the tea polyphenols and catechin.  Usually the spring one bud and two leaves contains amino acid 2.9%, polyphenols 30.2%, caffeine 3.2% and catechin 13.4%.

The tea leaves used to make this Puerh cake tea PureTea carefully selected are picked from 30 to 40 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.  The tea leaves are hand-picked and selected on April, 2006.  It contains many golden buds which ensure the high quality of this puerh cake.


Introduction of the tea farmer

The founder of Yunnan Sanning Tea Factory Mr Zhou Zhirong, who is an authentic Yunnan people, has been in tea business for more than 20 years.  He established Sanning tea in 1998 which was authorized famous brand by Yunnan province.   We deeply felt his insist of traditional tea process by communicating with him.  He said: “Most of my time is spent on tea mountain.  I think the most important is the essential quality inside the tea.” “There’s the best tea trees and best environment in Fengqing.  What we need to do is to bring the natural of tea to all the tea lovers”.

farmer in tea gardenMr Zhou in his tea garden

The big tea trees in Mr Zhou’s mountain, they are over 60 years old


The most important things decide the Puerh quality:

1 Place: The high quality Puerh should use the Yunan Large-leaf variety.  The main traditional Puerh production areas are Xishuangbanna, Pu’er (Simao), Lincang and Baoshan.  The tea from different area has different characteristic.  And each place also has their own representative places, for example, the representative places in Lingcang are: Fengqing and Mengku.

2 The quality of tea tress: Although all the Puerh tea trees are Yunnan Large-leaf tea trees variety, this variety also has many subcategories.  There are many ways to distinguish the tea trees.  In order to understand easily, we can judge the quality by the age of the trees.  The older the tea tree is, the deeper the root is, so it can absorb more nutrient and mineral substance which can ensure the high quality of the tea.

Generally speaking, the 60 years old tea tree (also called big tea tree 大树茶) is better than the 30 years old tea tree (also called arbor tea tree 乔木茶) which is better than 10 years old or less than 10 years old tea tree (also called tableland tea tree 台地茶).  Of course, there are also some tea trees more than hundred years old which is quite rare.

3 Picking time: For big tea tree, the Spring tea and Autumn tea both have their own characteristic which are better than Summer tea.
For tableland tea tree, the Spring tea is the best, then Autumn tea, Summer tea is the worst

4 The grade of tea leaves: The thick branches and big leaves don’t mean it is bad quality.  Usually the grade only means the tenderness of the maocha.  It can be divided into ten grades by the tenderness.  The super grade is the most tender which contains tiny buds with golden tips.  The worst is the tenth grade which contains big leaves with stalk.

The appearance of higher grade maocha is elegant and the also contains more inclusions.  But the higher grade also has bitter taste.  The lower grade taste roughly and clearly, and also contains much fragrant which make the tea rich taste.  So it is better to choose puerh by the taste you like but not only focus on the grade.

5 Storage time: Under the condition of dry storage, the taste changes with the length of time it stored; the longer it stored, the better it tastes.  With fine Pu-erh tea, the longer it is stored and aged, as long as it is stored properly, the more complex the flavor and the more valuable the tea gets.  But it need to note that it is under the condition of good place, tea tree and proper picking time, it can’t be only emphasis the storage time but ignore the tea inner quality.

Besides the above factors, there are also some other aspects which can affect the puerh quality like the tea process.

 

Video

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Collections: Loose Leaf Teas, Most Popular, Pu-erh Tea, Teas

Category: Pu-erh Tea

Type: Pu-erh Tea

Vendor: PureTea



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