Chenpi Pu-erh from China Tea Co., Ltd.

Chenpi Pu-erhI remember that the very first sip of tea I encountered was Pu-Erh Tea. I used to have a few Dim Sum and Pu-erh with chrysanthemum for the breakfast with my parents before attending kindergarten.  I have abandoned Pu-erh for years as I found that Pu-erh is too smooth and, in other words, short of bitterness and aftertaste.

A friend of mine gave me a few Chenpi Pu-erh, a new product of China Tea – the largest tea manufacturer in China. Chenpi, literally meaning aged peel, is the sun-dried tangerine. In autumn, the Chinese harvest a specific kind of tangerines, throw the flesh (wasteful but extremely tart), dry the peel and ferment them for a few years before cooking. For Chenpi Pu-erh, the tangerines are hollowed and stuffed with Pu-erh Tea. Every one weighs about 30g which is enough for 4 pots. Sorry, its appearance is not attractive.

China Tea describes this tea as:

Aged flavor style with sweet and rich woodsy taste. Orthodox Xinhui tangerine and selected Yunnan aged Pu-erh.

Chenpi Pu-erh smells strongly and like that of grapefruit. I brewed 6g of tea with a piece of peel. Frankly, I don’t taste Pu-erh tea frequently. But this one is quite earthy and absolutely smooth. More importantly, the calm Pu-erh tea base is rippled by refreshing Chenpi aroma. It is interesting to discover that cool Chenpi Pu-erh tastes surprisingly similar to mild bergamot in Earl Grey. Holding a distinctive character, I prefer cool Chenpi Pu-erh to the hot one.

Like Pu-erh Tea, people believe that aged Chenpi is the best. I heard that there was a speculation in aged Pu-erh in Mainland China. So I shouldn’t have brewed this Chenpi Pu-erh, but store it like finest wines. It may be in the spotlight of Christie’s rostrum a decade later.


6 Comments

Ian

I was wondering where can you buy this online? It sounds fantastic.

thanks,
Ian

The Tea Guru

I don’t believe this company sells online. Or if they do it is in Chinese – their official website is at http://www.chinatea.com.cn/ if you have a translator! Not all of the teas reviewed here can be purchased by the general public, we also review teas from tea shops and local establishments as well.

Ian

Yea I could not find it on their site. I might just have read it wrong though. That’s too bad I was looking forward to trying it. It seems that the Chenpi taste would be great with Pu-erh. Oh well maybe next time.

Thanks Tea Guru,
Ian

N

Thank you all friends and The Tea Guru.

I regret to say up-to-date that Chenpi Pu-erh is not available through the company website, although the company manufactures it.

For your information, “陳皮普洱” is the Chinese name of the tea.

Ian

Thanks I will be looking for it.

Will

Thanks for the great info on this pu-erh tea. Hopefully we can find someone selling it.


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