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2006 Guangdong Dry Changtai Tianxia Tong An Premium Edition (100g)

2006 Guangdong Dry Changtai Tianxia Tong An Premium Edition (100g)

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October 26th, 2020

In under a year, the tong of this tea that I had on hand (now all sold) massively transformed! The liquor from this material became much smoother and sweeter. There was a top note of milk (seriously) and much milder wildflower, with some mellow tobacco and aged citrus peel (chenpi) notes in the finish. Interestingly this tea held onto its distinctive floral note better than the standard grade. I am now purchasing several more tongs directly from the same Guangdong dry storage for the year(s) to come.

This is the superior version of the very popular Changtai Tianxia Tong An cake, which was originally produced for a Hong Kong tea company! Made with wild Menghai-area material and stone pressed in the traditional manner, these cakes are excellent value, given the quality of material and the way they've aged!

This 400g version is made with superior material from the same area. This batch has been stored in more humid conditions in Guangdong than my 357g cakes (the standard version), which is what I'd hoped for, as the more humid storage took the edge off the material a little more completely.

I identified a note that bordered on citrus/bergamot when first trying this tea, which was a pleasant surprise. I couldn't quite put my finger on the citrus note, but I did consider calamondin and key lime as possibilities. 

While the two teas are similar, the flavors were easier to discern in the premium edition, and it was easy to tell the material was a step above. That being said, I think I may actually prefer the fuller and more robust flavor profile of the 357g version. You don't have to pick one or the other at TeaLife Hong Kong, however: try both! This cake is priced the same as the other version (and you get almost 50g more), so it's definitely worth comparing the two if you enjoy the regular Tianxian Tong'An!

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