Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Teavivre Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

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

This tea is a rare treat in that I hardly ever see brick tea and it is a bit older than everything that I have been drinking lately. The dry leaves were quite dark in color but they resembled a typical raw puerh after a quick rinse. Herbaceous and vegetal, I picked up interesting notes of liquorice. Initially the taste was on the astringent side but the finish of each sip was very sweet. This kind of complexity is one of my favorite features of raw puerh. I found myself continuing to brew even after the majority of the taste had faded as it still had a really nice sweetness. As always, I love the amount of background information that +TeaVivre provides. Production area, picking time and the type of storage are all things that puerh buyers need to know. This vendor also has a ripened version of this tea. I think it would be very interesting to compare the two.

Fengquing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005 sample provided by Teavivre.