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2017 HK Natural Storage Liming 7590 Ripe Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2017 HK Natural Storage Liming 7590 Ripe Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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October 24th, 2020

I purchased two tongs (14 cakes) of this tea from a large volume pu erh dealer in Kunming in October 2017, and have been aging them in their bamboo tong wrappers in my warehouse ever since! This tea has aged beautifully over the last three years and is now ready to drink. 

The first thing I noticed about this tea is the food safety certification sticker used to hold the wrapper closed! Each cake is individually numbered and the QR code, when scanned, throws up information about the tea and the factory, including date of certification, which I thought was great. Modern pu erh production is much more tightly controlled than in the mid-2000s: there's a lot less foreign matter hanging out in modern cakes, which I'm very grateful for, and pesticide testing is increasingly important. 

The dry cake smells aged and has the darker notes I'd expect on the nose from a grade 9 production. This tea has aged to resemble Haiwan's 7598, which I put up recently. The flavor is sweet date dominant, with some darker, more oxidized shou notes under the sweetness in the first two infusions. I also get these darker, almost camphorous notes in the Haiwan 7598. I expect both teas to open up and become more jujube dominant now that they are bagged in plastic. I look forward to comparing them in several months!

The cha qi from this tea is excellent, and surprisingly powerful for a grade 9 shou. I get more of an effect from this cake and Haiwan's 7598 than I do from Dayi's 7592, although I believe I prefer the flavor profile of the 7592 to Haiwan and Liming's 759X cakes, so it really depends what you're looking for. This is a smooth, clean tea, and on an empty stomach, I find this tea much more comfortable to drink strong than Dayi's 2017 V93, which is higher grade material.

Later in the session, I realize a flavor note I was struggling to pinpoint was actually a lot like black cherry, which was unexpected!

This is a classic ripe pu erh recipe from one of China's oldest pu erh factories, but processed and produced to the highest standards with some of the latest technological innovations available in the pu erh game. 

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