Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005
...This Raw Pu-erh Brick Tea has yellow and bright liquid, stronger flavor than ripened brick with strong astringent taste. Yet the bitter taste differs from other teas’. A strong sweet aftertaste comes after the liquid fills in your mouth, as well as the long-lasting mellow flavor promoting the secretion of saliva. The sweet aftertaste still remains even half a minute later...
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 of 1 page with 3 reviewssmell is a little vegetal...taste is too...7 minute steep....just the right amount of boldness, unfortunately flavor isn't the greatest...
Alex Zorach (1274 reviews) on Mar. 18th, 2014
The compressed leaf is not very aromatic, and is devilishly hard to break apart. Thankfully TeaVivre already broke off this sample for me, but just judging by the texture of the compressed leaf, this one looks like it would be annoying to break if I bought a whole brick.
Once wet, the leaf separates quickly and completely. The leaf looks rather broken, but that may be a function of the cake being broken to ship me a sample more than the leaf's original form.
Upon brewing, produces a peculiar cup, dark brown in color, but light in body, and with different aromas that emerge and vanish. There's a fleeting hint of watermelon--something I've never before encountered in pure tea. Overall aroma is earthy and dusty, with hints of honey and mushrooms. The earthy qualities suggest clean stone rather than the composted or leaf-litter aromas I get from ripened Pu-erh. I find the aroma very hard to describe. There are some herbaceous tones, suggestive of oregano, thyme, or marjoram.
Flavor is oolong-like, with a slight sweetness, but still has some of the briskness of a green tea. Very pleasant to drink.
Like many of these tightly-packed compressed teas, the first infusion is slow and the second picks up, so if not doing a rinse, I recommend making the second infusion shorter than the first if you want cups of consistent strength.
Easy to brew three cups with 2-5 minute steepings (Western-style brewing). This tea wasn't quite as robust through 4 or 5 infusions though the way some sheng Pu-erh can be.
Very enjoyable though. Price is reasonable for a tea of this quality, $26 for 240 gram brick. It has been aged well and could be drunk as-is or aged more.
The aroma of this tea is great, it smells like a forest in late summer, pine wood, loam and vegetation. It blends life and decay, humidity and wood. The brewed tea has more of a spinach and old hay aroma with a bit of barnyard.
The mouthfeel is really fascinating, thick and causes me to salivate a lot. The taste is like old straw, cooked spinach, and peanuts.
I was lucky and got seven steeps of this tea, it was an awesome day of tea. I am not sure that I really like this tea but I certainly enjoyed it.
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