Autumn 2012 "Pure Bed Feng Qing Black Tea Cake" 357 Grams

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This little tea cake is pressed from Autumn 2012 Feng Qing black tea. The tea is made entirely from small bud (no leaf) Feng Qing black tea from Lincang. The taste is super-smooth with malty and floral notes. Typically black tea is not pressed but in the last several years we have pressed black tea into cakes with great success. Black tea is suitable for aging and undergoes a gradual mellowing. Compressing black tea slows the aging process and makes the tea suitable for drinking as much as 5 years into the future. The compressed black tea cake is also quite bold and lovely in its appearance!

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I saw this cake on the Yunnan Sourcing website a few weeks ago, and it was very intriguing to me. This is my first review in a while.

Leaf Quality:
The tea cake is comprised completely of golden buds, and was very fragrant. The leaves were tightly compressed and looked very beautiful- I almost didn’t want to break up the cake. The brewed leaves smelled very malty, and also like a red wine.

Brewed Tea:
The brewed tea smelled very floral. It tasted malty, floral, sweet, and had no astringency. The color was a reddish brown, and the initial scent reminded me of White Peony.
Second Steeping
The second steeping was rather floral as well. The sweetness had gone down a bit, but the malty character was still present. This black tea was very mellow, and had a chocolaty finish.

This was a very good tea. I do not recommend it as a breakfast tea, but more of an “anytime” tea. This would be very good to enjoy in the afternoons. I’ve never had a black tea bing cha before, so this was quite an interesting experience.


Thank you for reading! It’s a great tea.

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