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2007 Lincang "Grade 1" Loose Ripe Pu-erh tea

$8.50 USD

Brand: Yunnan Sourcing Tea Shop

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Lincang prefecture of Yunnan is home to many great teas! The tea from Lincang when fermented into Ripe Pu-erh (if done correctly) can become a very pleasurable tea! This is Grade 1 from a small tea factory in "Yun Xian" county of Lin Cang is so full of an earthy peat-like aroma, with a sweet thick after-taste.  It is a medium to light fermentation ripe pu-erh, so still has plenty of room to change and develop into the future! 

Grade 1 is used to de-note the leaf grade.  Leaf grade is based on the size of the leaf.  After the fermentation process is completed ripe pu-erh is separated into different grades.  Each different leaf grade will impart a slightly different taste.  When ripe tea cakes, bricks and tuos are pressed they are usually a blend of different leaf grades.  Blending is used to bring more complexity to the overall taste of the finished product.

Leaf grades from smallest to largest:  Gong Ting, Te Ji, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7,  Grade 8, Grade 9

Other by products of ripe fermentation might include:  , Zao Xiang Ye (or Cu Ye, large coarse leaf), Cha Tou (tea nugget), and small broken grade leaf which is often sold as a cheaper form of Gong Ting.


Production time: September 2007