2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha from Teavivre

2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea TuochaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Tea Description:

Tuocha, a compressed tea in hollowed hemispheric shape, is mainly produced in Yunnan. This 100g Tuocha is from Fengqing, Lincang, Yunnan.

The materials of Tuocha are from Fengqing large tea speices. Fresh tea leaves will be made into dry tea in traditional craft method after being picked, then will be pressed into nest shape. The appearance of Tuocha reminds you of mountain. While smelling the faint scent of Sheng Pu-erh, you will have the feelings of being in beautiful scenery of Yunnan.

Sheng Pu-erh has strong flavor for first sip. Yet the sweet aftertaste will bring you a wonderful impression. You can feel a hint of sweet as sugarcane remaining in your mouth. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

 Sweet!  This Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea from Teavivre has an enjoyably sweet flavor, a sweetness that is balanced with notes of sharpness and notes of vegetation, wood and earth (think mushroom).   As I continued to sip, I started to pick up on notes of stone fruit.

I like that with the very first infusion (following a 15 second “rinse”) the flavor is strong and well-defined.  I could taste these flavors with this first cup, I didn’t have to wait until the third or fourth cup to start experiencing the lovely flavor.  I usually find that Pu-erh tends to have a mellow flavor, but this is a bold Pu-erh, and I’m appreciating the differences that this tea offers.

Later infusions surprised me with even stronger flavors!  I still experienced the amazing sweetness, fruit notes (I think I even tasted a hint of grapefruit!) and woodsy tones.  Full-flavored with notes vegetation, but this isn’t like the same kind of “vegetation” that I’d experience if I were drinking a green tea.  This is more like the vegetal flavor you’d experience from a woodsy mushroom.  It’s deep and earthy and flavorful, but in the distance you can taste notes of vegetation.

A deep sweetness – the description above suggests a “sugarcane” like sweetness, and I agree with that assessment – is present throughout the sip, from start to finish.  It lingers in the aftertaste.

A really enjoyable pu-erh experience!  I managed eight infusions from this tea and I suspect I could have gotten even more – the flavor wasn’t quitting!  This tea has many different flavors to explore – a delightfully complex tea.

And when I visited Teavivre’s webpage for this tea, I noticed that this will be part of the #3 Sale Round from August 4 through August 5.  Mark your calendars!

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