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2006 Guangdong Dry Storage Changtai Ursa Major A1-1 Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2006 Guangdong Dry Storage Changtai Ursa Major A1-1 Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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November 22nd, 2020

This is the sixth of seven cakes in Changtai's 2006 Big Dipper series, and is from the same Guangdong dry storage as the other A1-1 cake I offer (the seventh star in the series). This cake commemorates Ursa Major, the second last star in the handle of the Big Dipper, and is almost made with wild material of unspecified origin. Each of the cakes in the series is made with material from a different area: unfortunately I haven't yet been able to find out where the material for each of these cakes was sourced from. Regardless, these are great value cakes and made with lovely wild material. I can't wait to see how this cake opens up in my warehouse as it's possible there are some very interesting flavors to be had from this cake that my environment may be able to elicit.

As with the seventh cake in this series, this is a certified organic, ISO-9001 certified cake.

The dry cake smells aged and clean. After water hits leaf, this smells fairly typical for a 2006 Guangdong dry storage Changtai, but is also distinct from the other wild productions i tried from back in 2006. There is some smoke in this material that is now almost entirely aged out, and this smoke is different from what I'd get from a classic Xiaguan production. 

The cha qi hits me immediately, and there is surprising umami in the liquor. The flavor reminds me of buckwheat and wholewheat flour, which was a surprise. I get barley from some Xiaguan productions, but this tea has aged in a manner that is quite distinct from older Xiaguan material. This is a very powerful tea. There is a light camphor note in this tea that reminds me of certain shou pu erh productions, and a hint of florality that I hope becomes more prominent with time in storage. 

The liquor also has a touch of pleasant huigan in the finish, and a note that reminds me of sarsaparilla. The aged out smoke and buckwheat remind me of Xiaguan productions for sure, but this is definitely a unique tea and distinct from classic Xiaguan teas. 

There are no humid storage notes here at all. The storage has been very clean (as with the other A1-1 Big Dipper cake I offer).

This is a great tea that I'd be happy to drink now, and I look forward to watching it develop in the warehouse!

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