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2003 Banna Natural Storage Wild Yiwu Spring Tips Raw Pu Erh (100g)

2003 Banna Natural Storage Wild Yiwu Spring Tips Raw Pu Erh (100g)

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August 4th, 2021

Here's another classic HK-style offering (sold loose by weight), but with a twist. This tea was stored in Xishuangbanna early on in quite humid natural conditions. At some point this tea was sold to dealers in Kunming, and then on to me in November 2020. I've held this tea for almost nine months now and the original humid storage smell to this tea has dissipated significantly. There is a little humid storage character remaining in the cup when brewing hard in porcelain, with some date flavor in the aftertaste. Further time in my warehouse in HK in bagged storage might bring more aroma out of this tea, and will also reduce the rather surprising astringency and bitterness this tea still has despite its advanced age and the aggressive storage early on. 

The liquor is now a smooth drinking experience, and while the astringency and bitterness are tolerable, this tea will certainly benefit from a few years in my storage to mellow down and clean up further.

This tea was produced with premium wild Yiwu material (the assamica kind) that was carefully selected and stored away over several years. This is a mixed-grade recipe with some spring tips, which lend the overall recipe some serious potency. Some of the material in the blend may be from the 90s. I was surprised at how burly this material is compared to a lot of more recent Yiwu productions. This is definitely an old school production with old school processing. Where this tea truly shines is its cha qi. This tea warms my face up in the best way, and I get a 'runny nose' sensation only a few teas give me. The potency of the tea is consistent across the infusions and this tea also has great longevity in the pot.

While I wish I could have aged this tea myself to better preserve the origin character, I'm curious to see if more complexity arises in the material by year end. This tea is an astounding deal for the age and quality of the material, and this tea was aged aggressively but cleanly. I only have a very limited amount of this tea, so please do not hesitate as I almost certainly will not be able to get more of this tea down the line. 

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