This is a flowery, thick and surprisingly nice tea for $25 a cake. The statement that it comes from big 100-300 year old trees can’t be true, and that irritates me, but I like the tea.
Teavivre’s Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) Raw Pu-erh tea is made of leaves from Fengqing large-leaf tea bushes between 100 and 300 years of age. The leaves for this tea were picked in 2018, with the standard of one bud with one or two leaves; only Grade 1 leaves are used, specially and carefully crafted using traditional processing methods. This raw cake is named for Da Xue Shan mainly because some of the original material comes from the beautiful town of Xueshan, situated in the southern part of Fengqing County. The highest point here is about 3100m above sea level, and the lowest is 1200m.
When compared to other raw pu-erh cakes produced in 2018, our Da Xue Shan has a characteristically strong “ba qi”, with its fullest flavor coming out around the fourth infusion. This tea has a prominent bitter character up front that quickly melts into a sweet aftertaste, going down smoothly and leaving an enjoyable fragrance in your mouth; this bitterness almost completely fades in later infusions, just as the sweetness becomes more and more prominent. In the end it carries a strong, heavy honey aroma, most noticeable when smelling your empty cup after brewing.
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