Jesse's 2020 “Music of Mengsong” Ancient Tree Raw Pu’er Cake
ABOUT THIS TEA:
This is my tea friend Yunqing’s personal blend. Every year he goes to the tea hills in Mengsong, Yunnan, and chooses the best raw pu’er from 200+ year old ancient tea trees. These leaves are pressed by hand with stone tools to their current shape.
The result is one of my favorite teas I’ve ever had – it’s a powerful raw pu’er that is deep, energizing, and exudes a wonderful aroma.
The color is rich gold and the flavor is sweet with a well-balanced tannin-ey astringency.
Raw Pu’er is a type of tea popular throughout China for its golden color and complex flavor combining sweetness, aroma, and tannin astringency.
Pu’er cakes are simply loose-leaf tea pressed into discs for ease of transport. This tradition of making tea cakes goes back to the ancient Tea Horse Road trading route, when the tea was transported up into Tibet on dirt roads and packing efficiency was crucial.
I’ve known Yunqing for 11 years, and every year I buy at least one cake of his personal blend the moment it comes in. Sometimes I buy two and age one of them.
If you like raw pu’er, you’ll love this, but if you haven’t tried ancient tree raw pu’er before, I recommend starting with a bag of my ancient tea tree pu’er dragonballs to get a taste before committing to a big cake.
These teas are high quality and can be re-steeped multiple times! Each serving makes between 4-8 big mugs of tea, so at around $.50 a cup, you get top quality Chinese teas at a price that you can enjoy every day.
Jesse's Teahouse started because when Jesse lived in Beijing, he realized the quality and value of the tea directly from the Beijing Tea Market was so much higher than what could be easily found in the States -- and around the world.
Jesse contacted his tea friends in Beijing, they shipped their best teas to him, and he sends them to you. That's it!
Jesse believes the key to making good tea is to help his Chinese tea friends share not just their best teas, but also their advice on how best make the teas.
That's why each box comes also comes with an info card that tells you:
- Tea Origin
- Steep Temperature
- Steep Time
- Directions for both teapot steeping and gaiwan steeping
There are also links to tea-making videos on QR codes on the back of the info card included in the tea box.
In Chinese Gongfu Tea Tradition, Tea Pets accompany you at teatime and you "raise" them by feeding them tea! Check out Jesse’s Tea Pets here.