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2015 Jay's HK Storage Haiwan 7588 Ripe Pu Erh Brick (100g)

2015 Jay's HK Storage Haiwan 7588 Ripe Pu Erh Brick (100g)

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Description

February 25th, 2021

I purchased four of these bricks in February 2019 (and another five in March 2020 that I'll offer up later) and have aged these in my warehouse in HK in the paper tong wrapper over the last two years. Haiwan 7588 is a perennial favorite ripe pu erh recipe of mine and I buy some almost every year since I've found the recipe to always be reliably great. These 2015 bricks, however, surprised me, as they are quite a bit different from other years I've tried, and in a good way! I tested this tea at high ratio in my Ruyao Bodhidharma gaiwan.

In the cup, the liquor is smooth and aromatic with pleasant bitterness. There are far more sweet floral notes in this brick than in the 2006 and 2007 versions I've tried, which was unexpected. There's also an interesting cherry cough syrup note here, along with the jujube. While the sweet jujube note is present in the other 7581s I've tried, this dominant sweet cherry note is definitely new to me from this recipe. 

The effect of this tea is relaxing but energizing in the best possible way. This would be a great work tea for me, and I may have to buy some more 2015s for my own future consumption as this tea really meets my needs for a flavorful, complex, smooth and energizing daily drinker. Haiwan's production standards are also excellent, so there is never any foreign matter in these bricks, and Haiwan was one of the first big factories to really push for higher quality control in the mid-2000s. 

This tea warmed me up, so this would make a great winter tea as well. I even detected some lemon peel and just a whisper of camphor in the cup. This is definitely a much more complex tea than the previous iterations I've tried. I'm not sure if this is due to a change in material, processing, or just the fact I've stored this tea myself for the last two years (or a combination of two or more of those factors)!

I expect this tea to become much more aromatic after some time in a thick plastic bag. I'll update this description down the line when I test the sample brick again!

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