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2011 Kunming Dry Storage China Tea / Zhongcha Jingmai Raw Pu Erh Cake (200g)

2011 Kunming Dry Storage China Tea / Zhongcha Jingmai Raw Pu Erh Cake (200g)

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28th May, 2021

I bought some of these 200g cakes in October 2020, and tried one for the first time yesterday. These cakes have been stored in cellophane since they arrived from Kunming. The cake smelled sweet and enticing with some interesting aromatics and some old school character, but when water hits leaf, this tea is definitely very different from a classic Bulang production.

The flavor from this material is uniquely floral with great sweetness on the palate. There is a hint of mouthcooling and a woodiness that comes across as agarwood-like or resinous, but there is no smoke in this material whatsoever. This tea has great kuwei (sweetness after bitterness) and only very light astringency unless pushed hard. The leaves are higher grade (smaller) than I expected and this tea packs a punch! It is very energizing.

The only flavor in this tea that I could consider old school is a little barley-like character, but it is different from the barley in Xiaguan's productions. 

I detect a little chenpi in the aftertaste later in the session and there is truly excellent huigan as well. This tea has a lovely aftertaste deep in the throat, so Zhongcha definitely got their hands on some nice material for these cakes. 

It'll be interesting to see how this tea develops over the next year or so, but I really like where it is now. I brewed this tea in porcelain and I feel porcelain was an excellent fit for this tea because of how aromatically complex the material is. There is no need to mute anything down or push this tea harder with clay.

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