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2012 HK Natural Storage Zhongcha 7541 (100g)

2012 HK Natural Storage Zhongcha 7541 (100g)

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November 15th, 2019

I bought eight cakes of this tea from a large volume Kunming dealer back in 2017, and the cakes have been aging in my warehouse in natural storage (with air conditioner use when I'm around!) since June 2017. These cakes were devoid of aroma and complexity when they first arrived, but they have opened up beautifully. I was initially quite concerned about the lack of aroma and flavor, but I put the tong (+1) away and hoped for the best, while revisiting the eighth cake regularly over the years.

This cake is now really quite lovely! The cake was pressed with material from a high mountain plantation that supplies Zhongcha, which is a Chinese government company under COFCO. This cake was pressed at the legendary Kunming Tea Factory. The earliest modern example of a 7541 I can find is from 2010, and they've been pressed on and off since then.

The material in this cake is quite choppy, like an old school 7542, so don't push this tea too hard to begin with! I started at 40-45 seconds and you can see how nice and dark my liquor turned out. The long steep brought out bitterness, but it was very tolerable. The flavor is candy sweet (like a handful of Skittles) with lovely huigan and kuwei. I get a deep wildflower depth to this tea, as well as cantaloupe and medjool date in the finish. This tea currently reminds me of a modern Dayi 7542, but it is milder in intensity and sweeter. I also get notes of candy grape (Skittles again) and aged chen pi (Mandarin orange peel). The flavor is extremely long lasting on the palate, which is testament to the quality of material used for this cake.

This is a lovely pressing from Zhongcha and I'm really very happy with the way it's turned out over two-and-a-half years.

I only have a limited amount of this tea, so if you'd like to try some, there's no better time than the present! 

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