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 raw Puer brick is not for the faint of heart. Let's just get this out of the way; If you are afraid of bits of random debris, unsightly leaves, unverifiable information, and generally unattractive leaves, this tea is not for you.
If you haven't been scared off, this is an excellent tea with a lot of age and an incredibly reasonable price. At the time this brick was made, huangpian [larger leaves] were viewed as undesirable, hence the shabby treatment this brick received. The tea is sweet and smooth, with an aged touch of medicinal flavors and wood. This is a great tea to brew gongfu style for a smooth aged treat.
The wrapper says "Yiwu Zhengshan" [yiwu mountain], as well as 250g, neither of which are necessarily accurate. Each tea brick is roughly 200 grams of tea of unknown origin. The exact age is just an estimation. This is not a zhongcha official production. However, at this bargain price, the tea will quickly assure you that none of those mysteries are particularly relevant. The tea is great.