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2015 HK Natural Storage Xiaguan T8653 Raw Pu Erh Cake (50g)

2015 HK Natural Storage Xiaguan T8653 Raw Pu Erh Cake (50g)

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I purchased two of these cakes in October 2016, and I've had them aging in my warehouse in Hong Kong ever since! The tea has aged beautifully, and the cakes are now loose enough to snap by hand. I'm offering up samples from one of the cakes for anyone who'd like to see what this recipe is like when naturally stored in my warehouse conditions: the other cake will be left to age further (another 3-5 years)!


This is a classic recipe from Xiaguan that was devised in the 80s. This recipe is old school and still produced in an old school manner by Xiaguan, which is refreshing in a market that has veered toward easy to drink productions. Xiaguan still produce this tea in the manner they always have, and I respect them greatly for that!

The cake is now dark and much less smokey than when first received in 2016. The liquor brews up nice and red. The tea is smooth and perhaps a 2 or 3 out of 10 on the bitterness scale, so it's very tolerably bitter. The astringency is mild (perhaps 1/10). There is, however, quite a bit of aged out smoke left in the cake, so if you're averse to smoke in your pu erh, please do not purchase any of this tea!

I find this tea to be have distinctive and pleasant Dali plantation character to it (wildflower). I don't find this tea to be difficult to drink at all, but I definitely feel a few more years would help knock the smoke down further and allow the character and aged flavors to shine through and develop further. I do, however, feel that this cake is very drinkable now as is, as long as you can handle a little smoke! The cha qi is fast hitting and very calming without being too speedy, so I feel this recipe would make an excellent daily drinker with more age. I bought a tong of this tea this year, and I think I may purchase a tong every year as I feel it will age well in my conditions and give me the kind of experience I hope for with enough time to age the way I like it.

Only six 50g samples of this tea are available at this time.

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