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2006 HK Traditional Storage LangHe 8589 (357g)

2006 HK Traditional Storage LangHe 8589 (357g)

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October 21st, 2021

The family found two more cakes and put them aside for me! I bought them immediately. These may be the last two cakes of this tea I will ever be able to get.

I purchased this tea from the same dealer as the CNNP 7532 (and at the same time): both productions are from the same year and were stored in the same warehouse, but the difference between the two teas is massive! This tea is much darker in the cup. From reading about this 2006 recipe (which is inspired by the classic CNNP 8582, which was a special order for a HK pu erh merchant back in the 80s and made to be traditionally aged, like this cake has been), I found out it was powerfully astringent and bitter young!

LangHe supposedly formerly supplied CNNP, and their pu erh factory in Menghai commenced operations in 1997. Before pu erh, LangHe were involved in tea production in Hunan. LangHe use the number '9' for their four-digit pu erh productions.  

There is a light surface frosting of mold on this cake, but this family really have their storage dialed in: it's never too wet and it's never too dry, either. They really do know what they're doing with their pu (and they very much specialize in pu erh)! 

After the rinse, I sniffed the leaf in my gaiwan and got an unexpected ketchup aroma (definitely a first)! I was also pleasantly surprised by how pretty the leaves were: the material is definitely more attractive than on a standard 8582 from the period!

Like the 7532, the liquor was nice and smooth, but still had lots of lovely thickness to it, along with pleasant huigan. The humid storage note was present but inoffensive, even in a gaiwan. I got the impression that I could entirely age off the storage in a few years, since the tea wasn't stored to the point of no return)! 

These guys really know the sweet spot for traditionally storing sheng: the more experience I have with traditionally stored teas, the more I respect this family and their specific storage parameters. This is an incredible tea that really shows off what good traditional storage can do and what good HK traditional storage really is. Again, this is a very limited offering, and neither I (nor the family!) know how much of this tea is left in their inventory. I'm definitely picking up at least one for myself: it only took a single session for me to know I need this tea in my life! 

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