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2016 HK Natural Storage Dayi 8582 1601 Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2016 HK Natural Storage Dayi 8582 1601 Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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October 12th, 2020

I tested this tea again today to see what another year in the warehouse has done for it. The sample cake has been stored in a paper covered thick plastic bag since last year. The cake was very aromatic in the bag: very sweet and mild wildflower, with some characteristic peachy notes and even some surprising sweet raisin-like aromatics.

I was, however, surprised to get some smoke in the rinse, and from the rinsed leaf. It appears there was a small amount of char in the cake which surprised me, since it made the cake taste like it was processed the traditional way. It appears even Dayi can char leaf during processing on occasion. This did translate to smoke in the cup in the first infusion, but it dissipated from the pitcher and the cup remarkably quicky. It's possible that this light charring is only in the portion of the exact cake I tried.

Once the smoke dissipated, I could taste grape, blackberry and blueberry in the liquor. The cha qi hit me quickly and very hard. I could feel the energy in my forehead and face and I almost felt like my nose was bleeding, but I knew it was just the intense effects of this tea. I definitely did not expect to be affected so strongly by this tea, and I felt like I'd had a few stiff drinks from the first infusion alone. The flavor profile reminded me of a mixed berry hard candy/boiled sweet from my childhood, which was very unexpected. There is also cantaloupe and date in the aftertaste, and sweet and pleasant wildflower.

This is a very enjoyable tea, and it provided me with my strongest cha qi experience from any pu erh to date! I hope to purchase a full jian (42 cakes) of this tea since I'm so impressed with how it's aging for me. There was only very mild astringency in the cup and no bitterness, even when pushed hard.

October 19th, 2019

Here's some 1601 (first batch of 2016) Dayi 8582 I've had in the warehouse for just under two years (since November 2017)! This tea has aged wonderfully. This is the first Dayi 8582 I've ever tried, but I've had both traditionally stored and dry stored CNNP 8582 (both of which I offer here on the site). This 8582 was a real surprise after the others I've had. While the dry cake itself isn't very aromatic, I got surprisingly sweet aromatics from the dry leaf when dropped into a preheated teapot. I've definitely never had sweet aromatics from the much older CNNP versions I've had, so it's possible these higher aromatics will fade away with age.

After the rinse, the aroma was also surprisingly sweet. No camphor whatsoever in this stuff! There are some aged notes and light smoke from the rinsed leaf in the teapot.

In the cup, I was surprised by how full and complex the flavor of the liquor was. There is a lovely wildflower flavor, light bitterness, and hongcha notes. The overall profile is much sweeter than a 7542 of similar age, which I definitely did not expect. I got a hint of grape (Merlot wine?) in the liquor. The bitterness later translates to sweetness after the swallow (ku wei). There is still astringency and bitterness in the material, but it is tolerable, and this tea will continue to get smoother with time (I can't wait to see how it turns out down the line)! I think using slightly cooler water (92-95 Celsius) would make for an easier tea drinking experience than at full boil.

The leaf quality is excellent. Please note the leaf looks more aged in reality than it does in the picture!

This is a lovely tea, and you won't find a 2016 1601 Dayi 8582 that was naturally stored in HK for sale anywhere else! This tea has aged very well, but still has plenty of complexity and punch left for the years ahead. I'm offering this tea now for those who'd like to try this tea for comparison purposes against an older 8582, or perhaps to compare against one that was stored in cooler, dryer conditions (e.g, Guangdong dry storage or Kunming dry storage).

Please note I only purchased a single tong of this tea in 2017, so if you'd like to purchase this tea, don't hesitate!

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