Monday, September 15, 2014

Teavivre Fengqing Ancient Tree Raw Pu-er Cake 2014

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

I previously reviewed and very much enjoyed a 2013 Fengqing from Teavivre so I was really excited to give this one a try. The sample was loosely compressed with mostly whole leaves. I've been so busy with moving and other craziness that it had been a while since I had the time to gongfu much of anything. The aroma of the gaiwan lid after my first infusion was exactly what I was looking for. It was incredibly fresh, sweet and vegetal; everything the smell of a raw puerh should be. I was not disappointed by the taste either. It was sweet, earthy and vegetal with notes of camphor. As my infusions progressed, I noticed a cooling menthol-like effect. The first few rounds were punchy and astringent but that later gave way to a pleasant fruity quality. A tea that is this good when so young will likely be an excellent candidate for aging.

Teavivre Fengqing Ancient Raw Pu-er Cake 2014 sample provided by Teavivre.