2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Spring Xi Kong" Ancient Arbor Raw Pu-erh tea cake
Xi Kong tea like Yi Bang is special in that it is not large leaf varietal but rather a primitive small leaf varietal that has grown in this area for hundreds if not thousands of years. Like other small leaf varietal wild arbor tea trees in Yunnan (Jing Mai), the flavor is lighter and more smooth, but the aroma is pungent with hints of flowers and fruit.
Xi Kong’s aroma is strong and pungent with an obvious fresh flower aroma (and taste). The taste is incredibly textured and fills the mouth and throat imparting a wonderful sensation! I recommend drinking this tea on a sunny day in a warm place to allow for a full release of it’s aroma and cha qi!
This year’s spring production comes from hundreds of year old tea trees! This tea was compressed in a small tea factory in Yi Wu town where unusually large 40 kilogam stone presses were used. Low temperature (35C) “baking” was used to dry these cakes after the compression process thus preserving their integrity!
In total just 40 kilograms of this tea has been produced. We have delayed sales of this cake for several weeks to allow the water vapor from pressing to dissipate. Further aging will only improve this wonderful tea!
250 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo tong)