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2019 | Yiwu Gong 290th Imperial Tribute Commemorative cake

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Yiwu (易武), whose name comes from the Dai language meaning “where a beautiful snake [spirit] resides” 美女蛇居住之地, was an important outpost from where tea was carried across Yunnan and beyond. Tea grown in Yiwu was called “Zhengshan Gongcha” 正山贡茶 (“original mountain tribute tea”).

Pu’er tea entered the Annals of Tribute Tea (贡茶册案) in the ninth year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1744). The tea originally came from the ‘six ancient great mountains’, but gradually the choice focused on certain tea-growing regions, particularly Yiwu.

This Pu’er tea cake is commemorative of the 290th anniversary of the Yiwu Imperial Tribute tea and won the Silver Award at the 2019 Yiwu Tea Competition.

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Description

Yiwu (易武), whose name comes from the Dai language meaning “where a beautiful snake [spirit] resides” [spirito]” 美女蛇居住之地, was an important outpost from where tea was carried across Yunnan and beyond. Tea grown in Yiwu was called “Zhengshan Gongcha” 正山贡茶 (“original mountain tribute tea”) and “Ligong Jinshi” 例贡进士, tea elevated to “distinguished talent” of candidates in the imperial examination system which then became Jinshi (进士) after passing the three stages of selection for Imperial tribute tea.

Pu’er tea entered the Annals of Tribute Tea (贡茶册案) in the ninth year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1744). The tea originally came from the ‘six ancient great mountains’, but gradually the choice focused on certain tea-growing regions, particularly Yiwu.

The cakes for the Emperor were called by various names including longtuan 龙团 (“dragon unit”) andlongcha 龙茶 (“dragon tea”). This Pu’er tea cake is commemorative of the 290th anniversary of the Yiwu Imperial Tribute tea and won the Silver Award at the 2019 Yiwu Tea Competition.

You can experience the purest imperial tribute tea from Yiwu with unique characteristics. A dense and sweet tea with a balsamic aroma, the entrance into the mouth is soft and layered, it is not a simple tea, it is strong and delicate at the same time, which we may call “softness with firmness”. A timeless raw material for a legendary experience.

First steep : you can feel the penetrating aroma like the best mountain teas, followed at the first sip by a strong richness and juiciness in the upper palate that reaches the brain and stimulates salivation. This tea has clearly already reached an exceptional level of evolution.

Second steep: very complex flavours vary and stratify. The aroma of the tea leaves, of the liquid brewed and of the base of the cup all have very distinct volatile variations depending on whether they are hot, lukewarm or cold respectively. When the bottom of the cup is hot, you can smell the unique honey and fruit fragrance of Yiwu tea; when it is lukewarm, the recognisable nectar notes of Yiwu new tea develop; when it is cold, you can smell the typical green leaf aroma of fresh raw material from the Yiwu shan mountains.

Third steep: it is a unique combination of the delicate taste of Banzhang Pu’Er in the mouth and the softness of Yiwu Pu’Er in the throat. It is not only the usual Yiwu smoothness, but at the first sip the tea has a delicate and strong attachment similar to that of Banzhang Gushu tea! It can be compared to the “softness with strength” of the art of Tai Chi. It has a Cha Qi that propagates downwards, warms and calms.

A great tea worthy of ageing, although its eclectic character can be enjoyed from a young age.

Harvest: Cru from different vintages (2014 to 2018) already partially aged – pressed in 2019

Area: Yiwu

Trees: >100 year old (dashu and gushu)

Negative test result for 556 chemicals used in agriculture

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25 gr, 375 gr

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