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2017 Jay's HK Storage Liming 7540 Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2017 Jay's HK Storage Liming 7540 Raw Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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March 31st, 2020

I purchased a single tong of this tea from a high volume Guangdong wholesaler in October 2017, and I left the tong to age until today. I didn't realize the cakes have special Chinese government food safety certification stickers with codes for verification on them (a nice touch)!

The moment I picked up the tong, I could smell a sweet, enticing smell emanating from the cakes within. The smell is significantly sweeter than a Dayi 7542, but there is also the intensity you get from Menghai plantation material underneath the sweetness. 

The cakes have loosened up wonderfully, and it was very easy to snap a piece off the topmost cake for testing. I also incorporated some dust from within the wrapper.

There is still bitterness here if the tea is brewed hard: I forgot to shorten my first infusion since I had dust in the pot, so the tea got bitter (but tolerably so). I get light notes of hongcha, light, pleasant sweet barley notes and light and sweet wildflower, along with a long lasting aftertaste that also has the cantaloupe and date I often detect in the aftertaste of oolong and pu erh tea!

The cha qi from this tea was truly surprising, and I actually found I had to close my eyes from it in the first infusion. This is great quality material, and Liming runs a tight ship! I am very impressed by the quality of these cakes. I also got some incense-like/resinous notes in the aftertaste as the liquor cooled, which is always a welcome surprise. The overall aroma and taste of this 2017 7540 is quite a bit sweeter than a 7542 from the same year.

I expect these cakes to continue to improve, and stored in a paper-covered pu erh cake bag, the aroma and flavor should build up considerably! These cakes were stored in an uncovered bamboo-wrapped tong and have aged beautifully. 

These cakes would be excellent for casual drinking or for further aging. I'm very happy with how these cakes have aged, and I'll take Liming's modern offerings much more seriously now!

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