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Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2005 from Teavivre

February21

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Tea Description:

This Golden Buds Puerh Cake made in 2005 is the high-end products from Fengqing Sanning Tea Company.  There’re plenty of highest quality tender buds with white tips.  The buds which turned to be golden color after fermentation were combined with other levels Puerh maocha which contain much flavor content so that this Puerh cake has the characteristics of pure aroma, mellow taste and quick sweet aftertaste.  This puerh cake is produced in Fengqing, Yunan.  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.  It can be said that this Puerh cake is the most representative and highest quality one.  It is quite good for the Puerh enthusiast who has much experience of drinking Puerh tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I was a little hesitant with this Pu-erh, because the aroma of the dry leaf is very earthy.  And the fragrance doesn’t soften all that much once it’s brewed either … so I was a little scared, to tell the truth.  It’s that strong earthy flavor that I am usually puts me off when it comes to Pu-erh, but I remained hopeful and decided to give it a shot!  And I’m glad that I did.  This Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2005 from Teavivre is really quite nice!

The flavor is not nearly as earthy as the aroma suggests.  Yes, there are earthy tones, but they’re really quite mild, and evocative of a mushroom-y kind of taste rather than of peat or other less-than-appealing earthy tastes.  It also has a really delightful sweetness to it, that reminds me of a cross between molasses and caramel.  Nice!

I also taste notes of flower in the background, and these flavors seem to develop as I continue to sip.  It never becomes a really strong, pronounced flavor, but, I like how this note sort of teases the palate.

I brewed this Pu-erh the way I usually would, with a quick 15 second rinse, and brewing the first infusion at just 30 seconds, and 45 seconds for the second.  The first two infusions were then combined into one cup, and it created a surprisingly dark brew!  Darker than most black teas that would be brewed for 3 minutes or more!  And like most other Pu-erh, this one is good for many more infusions, I spent all afternoon with this tea and it was a delightful experience.

The flavor is rich and complex yet delightfully mellow, and I appreciated that the earthy tones were much more subdued than the aroma suggested to me.  While it does possess some of the flavors that I would expect from a Pu-erh, I found myself happily surprised by this one.  If you are one who appreciates a really lovely, lightly earthy Pu-erh – one that’s sweet and pleasantly floral! – this is one you should put on your MUST TRY list!

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