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2006 Guangdong Natural Storage Changtai A1-1 Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2006 Guangdong Natural Storage Changtai A1-1 Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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This is a certified organic, ISO-9001 certified Changtai cake from 2006! This cake is made with wild material, but the exact origin isn't known to me at this time: the nei piao (inner ticket in the cake) indicates the material is from a southern ice forest, which sounds like either Bingdao-area material or a high mountain area somewhere in the south of Yunnan. Regardless of origin, this is a very interesting cake that I was very surprised by!

After the rinse, the leaves smelled much like the other 2006 Changtai cakes I have on offer here at TeaLife: aged Guangdong dry/natural storage aromatics from good wild material. I pushed this tea hard and got a surprisingly bitter (but far from intolerable) first infusion. The bitterness was actually ku wei (bitterness that then turns sweet). There were pleasant wildflower and fruit aromatics in the liquor.

The fruit note was almost grape-like, but more like a cabernet sauvignon. The cha qi from this tea was a surprise: it only took a few sips for the cha qi to hit me hard! This tea was nice and easy to break up, as with many 2006 Guangdong-stored Changtai cakes at the correct humidity. 

In later infusions, I also detected an almost blueberry-like aromatic, which was a pleasant and unexpected surprise. The sweet aromatics from this tea aren't at all what I thought I'd get! This cake reminds me of the 2006 Changtai Jiangcheng, but this tea is already more lively than the Jiangcheng was when it first arrived.

This is an exciting recipe, and well worth trying if you've enjoyed the other mid-2000s Changtais I carry. This might be my favorite one of all because of the interesting aromatics and powerful cha qi.

Please note if you purchase a full cake or more of this tea, I will store the cake(s) in my warehouse here in Hong Kong until I feel it is ready to drink (one-to-two months) for an optimal drinking experience!

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