Wednesday, March 22, 2006
2000 Cooked Puerh Brick
This 2000 cooked pu-erh brick is a product from the Fu Hai Tea Factory. The leaves are grade 1, 2 and 3.
Brewed in a gaiwan, it is already very round and mellow with earth aromas. There is only a slight astringency. The fragrance is simple, almost unremarkable. It just melts on your tongue like I expect cooked puerh to do. Brewed in my duanni teapot, the resulting sweetness was even more impressive. The tea almost had the body of an old red wine.
Compared to my other 2000 cooked puerh brick from the CNNP (grade 5), the difference in tea leaves grade is quite obvious. The Fu Hai leaves are smaller and clearer. The brew is therefore finer and smoother. On the plus side for the CNNP, it's a stronger and more complex tea. They have two different characters. Also, both have deep, heavy smells, which is what cooked puerh should smell like. These smells remind of earth, not of a wet cave or dry straw, which would be bad smells for cooked puerh.