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2007 HK Home Storage Lang Factory of Menghai Raw Pu Erh Cake (50g)

2007 HK Home Storage Lang Factory of Menghai Raw Pu Erh Cake (50g)

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I bought two of these cakes in 2012 from a vendor here in Hong Kong. At the time, they were mild in flavor, but astringent and bitter. I was relatively new to pu erh at the time and unfamiliar with the pu erh market. I have had these cakes stored at home for five years, and I've moved three times in five years! This tea would make an excellent introduction to Hong Kong dry storage. Some people think all tea from Hong Kong is 'wet storage,' but that is far from the truth. Hong Kong is where dry storage became a thing and the entire world now drinks dry storage tea because of one vendor's experimentation with storage in the late 80s.

While this is not a premium Dayi cake, it is clean and tasty and very pleasant to drink now! I struggled to capture the true color of the cake when I took these pictures, but needless to say, the tea has darkened significantly in storage.

The liquor is also a nice ruby red. The first infusion had a hint of baby powder, as well as citrus and black tea notes, which seem to come out of dry storage pu erh here in Hong Kong. These notes are extremely pleasant. These notes are present in both the aroma and the flavor of the liquor itself. There is only the slightest touch of astringency and bitterness to this tea! It is possible this tea will develop camphor notes down the line, but none of that is present now--this tea is simply lovely to drink and at present is the only example of a Hong Kong dry storage tea I have (and one that was aged at my own homes, even)!

The second infusion had pronounced huigan (returning sweetness after the swallow). This was an unexpected surprise. This tea also has a pronounced calming effect, which I also didn't expect. The transformation this tea has gone through in five years is incredible!

In the third infusion, I detected mild barnyard notes and light turpentine, but these weren't at all offensive to me. The fourth infusion was the last and was mild and pleasant.

I am only offering this tea in 50g quantities, so everyone gets a chance to try it! Once it's gone, it's gone forever, as I can't go back in time and age more! 

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