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2012 HK Dry Storage Three Cranes Light Fermentation Liubao Cake (100g)

2012 HK Dry Storage Three Cranes Light Fermentation Liubao Cake (100g)

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These cakes were pressed in 2016 with material that had been aged since 2012. These cakes are of a modern, pleasant light fermentation style that was originally quite reminiscent of clean dry storage shu pu erh from Hong Kong/Guangdong. I received these cakes directly from Three Cranes shortly after pressing and have dry stored them in my warehouse since December 2016.

This tea has developed and changed greatly since then! The tea has mellowed and now tastes more like conventional liubao (which is fermented and aged in basements, a la Hong Kong dry storage shu pu erh), but still has sweet notes indicative of the lighter fermentation style used on the material. The liquor is smooth and thick (much thicker than back in 2016) with a hint of sweet date, and light bitterness that very much reminds me of dark chocolate. 

Please note there is a touch of surface mold on these cakes that can easily be brushed off if desired. This tea was stored in a corner of my warehouse that doesn't receive as much indirect sunlight, and that seems to keep the tea more humid than the other end. I've only recently learned how much of a storage gradient exists in the warehouse!

I only have four of these cakes up for sale.

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