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2013 Guangdong Dry Storage Xiaguan Everlasting Love Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2013 Guangdong Dry Storage Xiaguan Everlasting Love Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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January 8th, 2020

This is the first tea I'm putting up this year! I've had this tea in my warehouse for almost four months, and it has opened up considerably. This is the Everlasting Love cake produced by Xiaguan in 2013 as a sequel of sorts to the Love Forever. Some people have stated there is similar material to the Love Forever in these (much cheaper) cakes and I have no doubt some of the same material from Love Forever did make it into these cakes.

On the nose, I get some of the same sweet cherry character I get from my Love Forever cakes (I have three very different versions from Guangdong), which is a very distinctive note I don't get from any other pu erh from Xiaguan (let alone any other producer). In the Everlasting Love, this note is more like raspberry. There is some residual smoke to the cake, since this tea was stored on the conservative end of dry storage in Guangdong. This storage has worked very well for these cakes.

The liquor is pleasant and fruity with excellent ku wei (sweetness after bitterness). I could definitely tell the material in this cake was also used in Love Forever, but the blend is different, I believe, since the Everlasting Love is much easier to drink. Some of the stronger material from Love Forever definitely didn't make it to this production.

In the cup, the fruitiness was very much alike the cherry note in Love Forever. As the liquor cooled, cantaloupe and date notes arose. I also found the tea to be nicely calming, a la Love Forever. I enjoyed drinking this tea so much that I knew I had to offer it from this particular storage.

I'm offering up a few 100g samples from the cake I have held since September 2019, and I will also offer whole cakes. If you purchase a cake or more, I will have the tea sent down from the warehouse in Guangdong as soon as you purchase so I can bring the cake up to the right moisture level (which will bring the aroma out and help get the tea closer to peak drinkability). I strongly suggest trying this tea if you're a fan of the original Love Forever (paper tong) since this tea is amazing value, and in my opinion, offers the best of Love Forever for much less money.

Please note only a few cakes of this cake from this particular storage are available: I will not substitute your purchase with tea from a different warehouse in Guangdong since what you end up with in your teacup with pu erh will very much depend on the specific storage the cake had in the years, months and even weeks before you brew your tea!

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