Ages get thrown around quite loosely when describing older raw Puer teas these days. Not sure what to write about this tea except that it is one of the oldest cleanly stored huangpian I have had access to. This purchase is from a private collector who doesn't have a large amount of this production. Purchased for my own personal tea drinking, I decided to see if anybody else wanted to partake. This tea has been cleanly stored in dry Southern China storage. There is a strong sense of past bitterness and a strong personality that I associate with Bulang area material, but the true age and origin of this tea is anybody's guess. The flavors range from medicinal to wood and incense, with a thick body and presence.
The soup color pictured is from a ten second steep after a rinse.
Each cake is roughly 357 grams. All of the usual aged tea caveats apply. Try a sample and see if you enjoy it. If you order a full cake, be aware that these cakes are messy in shape and size, with small bits of non-tea being common enough to mention. If you find anything egregious just let us know (particularly anything that detracts from the overall cake weight) and we will be happy to help out.
This 2002 cake raw Puer was produced at Fuhai tea factory* and kept in clean Guangzhou dry storage for as long as we can trace its history. The soup is burly and full of flavor, with some lingering astringency when pushed. It has a strong returning sweetness and flavors in the deep woody realm. An excellent example of clean dry stored Guangzhou Puer. This tea is ready to drink now as an aged tea, or could be aged further as you see fit.
Each cake is roughly 357 grams with samples available.
*As with any tea, we think it is best to sample and make sure you like the tea based on the qualities it offers rather than the numerical age or pedigree
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.