Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Teavivre Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly compressed
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep gold

The last year or so has been a major period of puerh discovery for me. Up until now I was rather terrified of this category because the examples that I tried years ago were really terrible. Thankfully I now have companies that I trust like +TeaVivre. I've tried a few of their puerh from Fengqing and they were all very good so I was really excited to dig into this one. It stayed sweet throughout all of my infusions but developed a strong, stimulating astringency in the middle. There was a pleasant earthiness and it never got offensive or unpleasant in any way. I always love Teavivre's upfront honesty in their tea descriptions. This line is a great example:

As the workers use iron pan for fixation, and roll the tea with their hands, the leaves do not have good looks as machine-made leaves. Yet regarding on quality, this Wild Tree Yesheng Pu-erh Cake is a green food from nature, in the mists and clouds on high mountains. It is a tea worth being in your collection list.

If I didn't have so much tea on hand already, I'd consider buying several cakes of this. For $62, it is a bit of a steal because it's drinking great young (relatively speaking) and 357 grams goes a long way.

Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013 sample provided by Teavivre.