Feng Qing 2009 "Pu Er Tuo Cha" Ripe Pu-erh Tea * 250 grams

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 oz / 147 ml

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An expertly fermented ripe tea made entirely from Feng Qing area (Lincang) material. When brewed, this tea has a highly aromatic quality that will fill the rooms with hints of camphor and chocolate. Nice mouth-feeling, sports a slight bitterness up front, but quickly followed by a strong thick sweet taste. Nice burgundy clear tea soup.

250 grams per bag (five 50 gram tuos)

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Extra Notes – I’ve been trying to log this one for a while. Steepster wouldn’t let me add it for some reason and the picture (using the website’s) doesn’t seem to load either, I had to change the name in order to get it here in the site is ‘2009 Feng Qing…’

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I won’t make extensive notes about this one. I’ll just say this is my extremely cheap to-go Puerh. Scott described it as having stronger chocolate notes, but the sample Amy Oh sent me from Mandala is way more chocolaty than this one. However, this tea is amazing, especially for the price. It has some roasty note to it that gives it the (chocolate hint). But to me, this tastes a lot like dates/raisins. Its fruitier and aromatic, like a dried fruit. I have it in a ceramic pot that with lid designed to let it ‘breath’ the scent is more concentrated there but in a good way.

This tea does NOT compare to more expensive Ripes but deserves a really high rating because for the price you are getting something nicer that you’d expect. I drink it at work at every chance.


very nice review.I like that you put it in context of why you rated it as you have.


I felt like I had to. I love this one. I feel that for the price range its amazing. Sometimes it’s hard to convey that just with the score, also a bit unfair because I don’t want ratings to be based on price ranges only :P


It’s strange, I don’t taste chocolate or fruit in this, to me it has a very strong and sweet molasses sort of flavor/aroma. It’s funny how different people can interpret tastes so differently even though I’m sure we’re describing the same thing. And I agree, while it’s not a high grade tea, it is an absolute steal.


Its not strange at all. We each recognize/relate tastes profiles to whatever is the closest match in our memory. And I would agree with you Molasses is a good description, the fruit I was talking about is a dried fruit that tend to have that molasses like taste. If I were to give it another shot I would say dried Persimmon.

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Preliminary Review

UPDATE: I did three more steepings, the last one at about 6 minutes to test it’s endurance, and it help up well with flavor. The last one I didn’t add sweetener and I was more easily able to identify the most prominent flavor: hay. It’s not a flavor I really enjoy, but it’s not a bad one either. The fifth had a bit of bitterness such that I could feel the dryness on the roof of my mouth, reminding me of the dryness I experienced recently from a few red wines I tried at Trader Joe’s.

150ml easy-pour gaiwan, boiling, rinse/30/60/90/120/360, Stevia added.

I have tried this pu-erh at least twice now, and I think so far it is my favorite cooked pu-erh. Admittedly it’s one of the few pu-erh’s I’ve tried that is not a mini toucha or a sample. There is nothing off putting about it, the liquor has a very dark red color, a strong aroma, and a bold, somewhat spicy, flavor.

Right now I have been using a little screw driver to break apart the tea, but soon I will have these tools from JK Teashop; I can’t wait to use the real thing!

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

Wow: a pu-erh pick! Who knew?


Amazingly, while looking on-line I found it difficult to find some kind of a hand held, single hole punch on Amazon or AceHardware; they seem to come in sets, and/or are expensive, and I’m not even certain they would do the job of separating the tea as well as (I hope) the pu-erh pick will do. So, as you say, Who knew!?


I updated my tasting note, and fixed a duplication in the links. The second one was supposed to be a link to a pu-erh knife.


Good price on the knife! I got that same one off eBay for 3x more.

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I used a tiny screw driver for quite awhile before I finally broke down & got a puerh pick. Glad I did!

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