Sunday, June 25, 2017

2007 Nan Qiao Tea Factory Raw Pu erh

"The force is strong with this one".

I am surprised with this tea.  The strength of this tea caught me off guard.  This 2007 raw tea cake is produced by Nan Qiao tea factory.  I do not have much information on this tea factory except that it is located in the Menghai region in Yunnan, China.  It was common that many owners of smaller tea factories usually learnt their tea production skills from working in the larger tea factories before they venture out forming their own tea factories.  

This tea cake had been stored in hot and humid Malaysia for about 10 years.  The storage of this tea is clean and dry and I could hear the 'crispiness' while I broke up a tea cake to store in my tea caddy.  

This tea has bitterness with strong aromatic notes of hay and dry herbs.  I only get a very faint sweetness after the tea session.  I felt sweaty drinking this tea which lasted about 5 min.  I must remember not to brew this tea on a hot afternoon.

But I digress.  A reader emailed me wanting to drink raw pu erh and asked for recommendations.  I am sure many expert readers would and can easily mention the various blends and vintages they enjoy.  My concern is whether a 'newbie' can enjoy and appreciate these tea we like.  I would recommend trying as many raw tea as possible.    One solution might be to contact tea writers on forums and blogs...when they write something about a tea that interest you, perhaps you can write to them to sell you a sample/samples of the tea that had been reviewed.  It will allow you to compare notes.  More importantly, you get to make new friends and would allow you to ask questions about tea.  Tea writers can be very generous.  Yes, you may find the tea different in what was described, but this is the fun of drinking tea; that a cup of tea will appeal differently to tea drinkers.   As for myself, I started with a few cakes and used them for comparisons before buying more.  A few friends now calls me a tea hoarder.  That is another story.        


Unknown said...

Hello, has this tea and some information on the blend (may not be the same tea? As the script on the label is black not red?)

wilson said...

Thank you Peter for your 'heads up' advice. The tea you are referring to has a similar wrapper but the words are in dark blue, specifically 'Nan Qiao Tie Bing'. That is an iron cake. However, I could not find any information on my 'red label'(Nan Qiao Ching Bing - regular pu erh cake). I will try to find out more on this tea factory when I sit Guangzhou tea markets later this tea. Thank you again.

Unknown said...

Hi, you mentioned about tea caddy. Any container that comes with a tea purchase is considered as a tea caddy or there are specific ones that i should invest in.

wilson said...

hello Ariel

if you go to the search bar of the top page of my blog, please key tea caddy and you will be led to a few articles I had written on tea caddies. You will notice that I am using improvised tea caddy from old porcelain steamers and water containers. A good tea caddy should be able to keep your tea dry as well as from odours like smoke or cooking smells. Hope this helps.