1999 Vintage Yiwu Zhen Shan Raw Sheng Pu'erh Tea
Hailing from the legendary tea mountain town of Yiwu, Yunnan, this 1999 tea is a rare find and a jewel vintage sheng pu'erh. When I first tasted the tea on my sourcing trip, I immediately knew it was the real deal. The tea owner is a native of Yiwu, and one of the several pioneers that started producing and selling puerh teas back in 1999s. The Nei Fei, or the mark inside of the tea cake, indicates one of the oldest puerh tea producers in Yiwu. I was unwilling to purchase the many unauthentic or mediocre aged teas common to the market, and I had been looking for aged sheng puerh tea for quite some time. As with many of life's treasures, I came upon this gem when least expected. It was worth the wait of some years. Yiwu is one of the six ancient puerh tea mountains, and the town of Yiwu is rich with history, as you can see in the photos I took.
This tea will bring you a thoroughly enlightening sensory experience and expand your horizons. The twenty passing years have wrought a wonderful transformation of rich flavors. Very nice storage aroma, with early several steepings featuring a very noticeable ginseng aroma, characteristic of a well-aged puerh tea. Very smooth and mellow, floral and woody notes complement the sweet aftertaste. A warm sensation and flow of energy soon kicks in and eventually runs throughout your body. After five or six steepings the ginseng note becomes more subtle but a progression of creamy sweet notes follow. It gets even sweeter in the later steepings. After 20 years of age, this tea is like a wise sage whispering and guiding you through life's wonders and brings complacency to your soul.
Origin: Yiwu, Yunnan province, China
Elevation: 1200 -1600 meters, Yunnan Da Ye (large leaves)
It has noticeable ginseng aroma, full bodied, smooth, rich, quinoa and woody notes, with hints of fruits and dates, and a sweet aftertaste.
210oF, 4g for 6 oz of spring/filtered water, 0.5 minute, up to 12 steepings, adjust to taste. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
It is recommended to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of this tea. Please click here for Gongfu brewing instructions.