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2007 Guangdong Dry Storage Changtai 7538 Organic Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2007 Guangdong Dry Storage Changtai 7538 Organic Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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July 14th, 2021

This cake has been through clean and controlled Guangdong dry storage: this cake was aged conservatively and I really like where it's at now. This cake smells like a Changtai production, but has the intense aroma of a CNNP or Dayi 75XX cake. The current batch of these cakes has been in my warehouse since November 2020.

This tea has a lovely, sweet floral aroma in the cake bag. This tea has changed massively in my storage in just 8 months, and my current session is unlike any previous session with this recipe. The liquor is now sweet, smooth and with a dominant sweet sarsaparilla flavor. This is a very clean and smooth tea. The material is a little choppy for a Changtai, which tend to be whole-leaf cakes (this 7538 is nowhere near as choppy as a 7532 from the early 2000s or many Dayi recipes, however). This is really an excellent value cake. The surface has lots of lovely tips! This cake is certified organic to Chinese government standards as well. 

In the second infusion, this tea gets noticeably darker now that the chunks have opened up fully. The light sarsaparilla note is very sweetly aromatic in the second infusion, and some sweet agarwood and sweet aromatic wood arises in the liquor as it cools some, as well as some sweet chenpi notes. The sweet woody notes fill my airways in the third infusion. I'm not sure why, but this tea has aged remarkably quickly since December. This is now a very smooth, sweet and pleasant tea, which will be a shock to people who have tried this tea with less time in my warehouse, or from other sources perhaps. I would not be able to tell this was the same 7538 I've tried in the past at all! There is barely any astringency or bitterness left in the cup in this session. A smooth, well-aged tea without astringency and bitterness and a good amount of origin character is really what old school dry storage is all about, and this is really something I'd be happy to drink regularly. I may have to buy another tong purely for my own consumption! 

This tea has relaxing but energizing energy, which is perfect for drinking anytime. Of course, how you react to this tea (or any tea) is very much an individual thing, and this tea might affect you very differently.

I retested this tea in a 180ml modern clay teapot today (that acts a lot like the larger Purion pot on the site), at around 10g/180ml with long infusions of 30-60 seconds to start with. I drink all of my sheng strong and hard (and all of my tea for the most part, for that matter), unless I'm dealing with potent gongting (tippy) material.

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