Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2005

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Earth, Fishy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla
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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 oz / 156 ml

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Origin: Fengqing, Lincang, Yunnan, China

Ingredients: Made from 100% pure leaves from 30 to 40 years old Large-leaf Arbor Tea Trees

Harvest time: March, 2004

Taste: Mellow earthy sweet taste with flowery flavor

Brew: 3-4 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 212 ºF (100 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

This Golden Buds Puerh Cake made in 2005 is the high-end products from Fengqing Sanning Tea Company. There’re plenty of highest quality tender buds with white tips. The buds which turned to be golden color after fermentation were combined with other levels Puerh maocha which contain much flavor content so that this Puerh cake has the characteristics of pure aroma, mellow taste and quick sweet aftertaste.

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Brewing guidelines: Standard parameters when I brew ripened pu-erh in my 11 OZ Yixing.
First I do a 15 – 20 second rinse with near boiling water. Then for each successive steeping I add Stevia to my 8 OZ clear-glass teacup (thus, typically not added to the teapot).
……….1st: Near boiling, 0.5’
……….2nd: Boiling , 1’
……….3rd: Boiling , 1.5’
……….4th: Boiling~(poured usually right after the previous steeping, so the teapot and water are as hot as possible)~, 2’ (if it’s the final steeping, then sometimes longer)
……….If 5th and/or more: Boiling,

Overall: NOTE: I hope to ‘streamline’ my reviews going forward, so, hopefully, they are a little less technical and dry (and perhaps even stilted), and a little more organic and experiential (and hopefully, flowing); this somewhat new approach to reviews is a kind of metaphor for where my life is headed right now, and is one reason why I write reviews: as a kind of time-capsule of where I was in my life at that time.

This tea was a sample included in a pu-erh sampler pack I bought at the end of 2013. I have been brewing up lots of different ripe pu-erh teas over the last few months, usually over the weekends, steeping a different one each day in the hopes of determining which ones I like the most. I have not been as systematic about my overall analysis as I used to be (especially as I was with green teas); for example, mainly due the the time and effort involved I don’t compare/analyze the dry and wet tea leaf of ripe pu-erh as I have with other teas classes.

Although I am enjoying ripe pu-erh, somewhat sadly most all of the ripe pu-erh teas I have had basically taste the same to me (so far). I believe, over time, as my pallet gets more exposure to ripe pu-erh, the differences will make themselves known to me.

I finished the last of this yesterday, and all I really remember about this tea is that I liked the flavor a little more than the others. I don’t know, perhaps the word ‘Golden’ in the name is doing an unconscious ‘number’ on me. I don’t think so, though. The flavor seemed somewhat richer than the others, and the leaf was somewhat larger than the others. I will say this: I prefer the pu-erh with the larger leaf, if anything, because then it won’t slip through the holes at the end of my spout on my Yixing!

As I don’t really have a benchmark to measure from as of yet, I plan to leave off the rating on any pu-erh teas I review.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This pu-erh is hands down, one of my most favorite pu-erh teas I’ve ever had; although I am rather new to pu-erh tea, I know what a bad pu-erh can taste like! After about two 5 second rinses, letting the tea leaves rest in between the rinses to open up better, the first two steeps were rather uneventful, a slight vanilla flavor in the background, with a very earthy/moldy aroma, and was a little astringent. The third steeping is where the flavors really boomed, very nice sweet taste complete with a rather prominent vanilla flavor in the background, just a little earthy and fishy, but that isn’t a downside for me, personally I like it. The color of the tea was a very dark amber color, but it wasn’t a “slap-in-the-face-flavor”, it was actually very light in contrast to its color. The mildness of the tea means that you can’t really mess it up/over steep! I accidentally over steeped mine majorly (about 3 hours), and it was comparable to coffee, which I am an avid drinker of, but it had all of it’s delicate flavor notes still. After drinking that, I decided I would try to get an extra steep out of it, and got 4 more! This is definitely an all day tea, which is a major plus.

Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 103 ML

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95 tasting notes

Dark brown almost black in color with a woodsy earthy aroma. The tea tastes of wood and earth, which are flavors I enjoy in a Pu-erh tea. It is not really sweet at all and is quite light and smooth. The aftertaste is nice and mute. Good stuff.

205 °F / 96 °C

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A nice, lighter golden alternative to my usual pu-erh. Teavivre was nice enough to send me a sample of this along with an order, and it’s very much appreciated! Warm, mouth-feel, stomach settling and relaxing. “Golden buds” describes it well. Nice to enjoy on a cold day when you need a hearty tea to warm up with!

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