The exact date/factory of this cake are a bit difficult to peg (our best estimate is early 2000's), but the tea has a smoothed out aged taste, clean storage, and quality material. The cakes are made of jiaji (甲级 - grade A material) and are very bud heavy. The fragrance and flavors are already well into a middle aged woody sweetness. Suitable for drinking now or further aging for the long term.
For those new to aged Puer tea, the cakes are often oddly shaped, have stray bits of this and that, and the wrappers have bug bites. Nothing unusual for a cake with a bit of age, but worth mentioning.
This 100 gram brick was uncovered in the depths of a puer warehouse, stacked tall, with no wrappers and nobody to claim it as a champion. When we first drank this tea, we knew we had found the bargain of our dreams. Plenty of body, but aged enough that it has a smooth and inviting character.
The White Whale can easily go toe-to-toe with similar factory productions from the 2002 era, but the whale weighs in at a fraction of the cost. Those in search of a smooth daily puer tea with over a decade of age that doesn't hurt the wallet need search no further.
The Old Bear brick is a smokey, heavy tea that is ideal for tea drinkers who enjoy flavors that are present in Scotch whisky, cigars, and pipe tobacco.
The Old Bear is a 100 gram brick that we found unpackaged in a warehouse. The tight compression of the traditional fangcha [square brick] style served it well, as most pieces are wholly intact. The characteristic smoke of the fangcha has faded slightly, but still carries a punch in the early steeps. The tea is a burly daily drinker for tea drinkers who want some oomph in their cup.
Another unwrapped warehouse find, the Often 250 gram tuo is a solid daily drinker Puer tea for the Puer fanatic on a budget. Slightly strong in early steeps, this tuo behaves like a young Puer that is just beginning to calm down. The tea leaves a strong sweet feeling in the mouth.
This tea was first featured in our December 2014 Tea Club shipment.
This Little Yellow Mark 2002 cake was produced as a private order (special commission) for a Taiwanese customer in 2002 and stored in Guangzhou dry storage soon after production. The soup is soft, sweet, and smooth. Flavors or honey and gentle flowers sit atop a woody base. An excellent example of quality dry storage. This tea is ready to drink now as a middle aged tea, or could be aged further into a beautiful old puer tea.
This 100 gram tuo [nest shaped] tea from Lancang Tea Factory was first produced in the mid 1980's under the trademark jianshen [健身] which translates literally as "fitness". The brand was created as a way to promote Lancang county teas and it was promoted as a healthy tea, hence the name. Ideal for the budget minded drinker, as this tea has a decade of age and is economically priced. Still very strong in flavor and character, with burly wood and tobacco notes scotch drinkers will enjoy.