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2003 Guangdong Natural Storage Plum Blossom Raw Pu Erh 100g Cake

2003 Guangdong Natural Storage Plum Blossom Raw Pu Erh 100g Cake

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Update: April 26th, 2021

I've had a sample cake of this tea at home since August 2019 and the change in this tea has been phenomenal. The tea now brews up super clean with no storage taste and a hint of interesting character low down. The liquor is extremely smooth with longlasting, deep huigan. When pushed, there is residual bitterness and some lovely sarsaparilla. This tea also appears to have good mouthcooling. This is truly a lovely tea now and a cleaner tasting tea than traditional storage sheng, but with plenty of age on it so you get a lovely dark, smooth liquor in the cup. The leaves still have plenty of green to them, however, which is surprising. I definitely need to get more of this tea as I would love to keep a few kilos around for my own long term aging and consumption!

September 9th, 2020

These little 100g cakes were stored right across the border from Hong Kong in natural conditions, and on the wetter end of natural. When these little cakes come in, they have a definite humid warehouse aroma to them that is also very present in the liquor. The current ten cakes on offer are from a more recent second batch from the same exact warehouse in Guangdong.

After three months down here in my natural storage environment, these little cakes are now very, very different. I wouldn't have been able to tell this was the same tea at all! The humid storage note has almost entirely dissipated.

These cakes are the most tightly compressed pu erh I have ever come across. I believe this material could be from Myanmar, but I'm not entirely sure. I believe plum blossom mini cakes were classic CNNP products that were then produced across the border in Myanmar, as well as in Yunnan, once the Chinese economy opened up and the tea industry was privatized. Regardless of origin, this is a very nice naturally stored sheng now.

Due to the tight compression, please exercise care when breaking these up! I suggest two one-minute rinses with a minute between rinses.

When I first tried one of these cakes from the first batch (after four months in my warehouse), I started my first infusion at two minutes and that really helped the tea to open up. I get a lovely, almost root beer-like sarsaparilla note from this tea, as well as quite good calming energy. While the material used for these cakes isn't the prettiest (there are some large stems in the material), this is a surprisingly nice naturally stored sheng for the money and I'm very happy with the price-quality ratio here. This is unlike any of my other offerings. Since these cakes require several months of time in my Hong Kong warehouse to allow the storage note (cang wei) to dissipate, I am only offering ten more of these cakes at this time. If these prove to be popular, I'll get some more in and hold them until they are where I'd like them before sale!

Please note the ten I have on hand do not come with wrappers: they are wrapped in tongs of ten with wrappers on the ends of the tongs only.

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