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2015 Jay's HK Storage China Tea / Zhongcha Golden Flower Tribute Ripe Pu Erh Brick (100g)

2015 Jay's HK Storage China Tea / Zhongcha Golden Flower Tribute Ripe Pu Erh Brick (100g)

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July 23rd, 2021

This ripe pu erh brick was produced by China Tea back in 2015, and is a remake of a 1989 CNNP brick that was exported to France. French export ripe pu erh products were made to a higher standard with better material, and have great cachet in the Chinese market. This remake was produced after extensive research by Zhongcha (formerly known as CNNP) and what was produced very much surprised me. When I bought these bricks in 2016, I didn't know what China Tea had attempted here, and trying this tea blind really left me in awe. This is very different from modern 7581, or any 7581 I've tried!

The brick itself is very clean: no foreign matter like you'll find in older shou productions. Pu erh factory hygiene and material sorting has vastly improved in recent years, and this is a super clean tea. I've been holding these bricks since March 2016. Over five years in my dedicated warehouse has thoroughly transformed this tea. I was able to pry off a large chunk with great ease and the liquor is incredibly smooth already. 

In the cup, this tea is very lightly nutty with some light jujube. This tea has been stored in a carton inside a jian box since March 2016, so I expect the aromatic complexity to rebound some now that the sample brick is in a cake bag. This is a super clean tea in the cup and very far along. I wish I'd bought more of these back in 2016, but I didn't realize how special this production was. I can still get these now, of course, but the price of these bricks has risen substantially in five years. 

There is a little bitterness in the cup, which makes the drinking experience more interesting. It is very mild bitterness, however, and some astringency also arises in later infusions, but just a little. This tea has been fermented lightly, and makes for a very interesting drinking experience. The original 1989 bricks were massively faked. I can't tell you how these compare to the originals, but this tea is certainly well worth trying if you're looking for a unique experience or just a super smooth daily drinker shou. Some pu erh aficionados turn their noses up at shou, but this is truly an exceptional tea. I drink a lot more ripe liubao and pu erh nowadays due to the probiotic effects of ripe teas, and I believe good and active storage really improves these effects. I certainly find well stored shou a lot smoother and easier to drink, and my gut seems to agree!

The energy from this tea is calming and warming. I feel it in my face first, but later feel the calming effect and heat in my body as well. Increased core temperture can purely be due to caffeine, but the fact I felt the warmth in my face and a strong calming effect indicates there is more going on here than just caffeine effects!

The jujube in this tea is distinct from any other ripe I've ever had, and the best selling point for me is how smooth this tea is. Well aged shou can get super smooth (even smoother than water), and this is a very desirable trait in well-aged shou. Thickness in the cup usually dissipates with time, and while many of us enjoy a nice thick liquor, I appreciate a super smooth aged brew just as much. 

Only one brick and two samples available.

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