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2006 Guangdong Dry Storage Zhongcha Green Big Tree Yiwu 357g Cake (50g)

2006 Guangdong Dry Storage Zhongcha Green Big Tree Yiwu 357g Cake (50g)

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Description

October 16th, 2020

This cake was purchased from a Guangzhou dealer who has been in the pu erh business for a long time, so I was very interested in trying this example of his storage out. This is the higher grade, wild Yiwu material version of the 2007 Green Big Tree (or Big Green Tree) cake I offer here at TeaLife Hong Kong. I've wanted one of these 2006 cakes for a long time since I was curious to see if the material was indeed better. 

I went 11.3g/133ml for this test session. After rinsing the material, I was happy to note that the storage on this tea has been very clean indeed. There are no humid storage notes or even aged book notes detectable from the rinsed leaf or in the pitcher. 

In the first infusion, I was happy to see how far along this material is and how smooth and aged the liquor appeared. The leaf and liquor smelled sweet. There was a clear wildflower note which is very similar to the aromatics I get from the 2007 version, but it was not too intense. There is both citrus and aged chenpi (citrus peel) in the aftertaste, along with excellent huigan. The astringency in the cup is light, due to the fourteen years of dry storage in Guangdong. I get umami in the cup in later infusions as well.

The cha qi from this tea is calming and warming, but balanced. Good cha qi effects are always something I am happy to get from a session. 

I find this tea to be less complex in the cup than my 2007 version, but I believe this tea may open up in my storage in the thick, paper-covered plastic bags I use, which often allow the aroma from a cake that was stored uncovered to rebound. While this cake is considered the superior version, I definitely find the cheaper 2007 version much superior, but I believe this is entirely due to my storage! I am offering up this 2006 version for those who would like to compare the two for themselves, and will update the description when I try this cake again. In my opinion, storage constitutes more than 50% of the experience you get with pu erh, and this is a great example of just how much storage matters!

Please note that if you purchase a whole cake at this time, it will come directly from Guangdong dry storage. If the cake I have on hand improves in my storage, I will definitely consider purchasing more of these cakes.

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