2013 Xiang Zhu Qing Ancient Tree Gu Shu Raw Pu-erh Tuo Cha
Feng Qing county is one of the main Pu-erh tea growing regions in Yunnan province, though it is most known as the home to Yunnan gong fu black tea. This tea is named after Xiang Zhu Qing, the village that is located in Jin Xiu village, where the Mother of Pu-erh Trees is located, estimated to be around 3,200 years old. It is said that the greater Xiang Zhu Qing has more than 10,000 ancient trees, some of which are more than 1000 years old.
Tuo cha is pressed into mushroom shapes, usually pressed tighter than standard cakes and bricks. It's compact smaller size makes it easy to transport, which was especially important in the old days, and it has now become one of favored tea shapes.
This tea is from the very respected Chun Ming Tea Company, in Feng Qing county. It used the tender leaves from several hundred years old ancient trees. After 10 years of aging in Kunming, that is preferred dry storage, the bitterness and astringency has ebbed and it impresses with a well-balanced taste, featuring floral and fruity notes, a clean, mellow smoothness, and a sweet aftertaste. Notes of honeydew, rhubarb, and cane sugar also fill your palate. We also detected a strong cha qi that flows down to stomach then rises up and warms the whole body. Overall, a great Pu-erh tea that is not only satisfying, but also with great potential for aging well for many years to come.
To break off leaves from Tuo, starting from the outside edge, use a tea knife or tea pick, point down and gradually break off the leaves from the Tuo.
Tea Name: 香竹菁古树沱茶 100g
Origin: Feng Qing, Yunnan province, China
Harvest Time: April 2013
Elevation: 2000-2500 meters
Bush Varietal: Feng Qing Da Ye (large leaves)
Caffeine level: Medium
Well-balanced taste, featuring floral and fruity notes, very clean liquor taste, mellow, smoothness, and a sweet aftertaste. Notes of honeydew, rhubarb, and cane sugar also fill your palate.
212oF, 7g for 8oz of spring/filtered water, 10 -30 seconds, up to 15 steeps, adjust to taste. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
We recommend to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of this tea. Please click here for Gongfu brewing instructions.