Reviews

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.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.