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2018 Changtai Wild Menghai (260g cake)

2018 Changtai Wild Menghai (260g cake)

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December 2019

This cake was the sheng of the year for me last year! This is a 2018 Changtai production made with outstanding wild material from the Menghai region. Changtai stepped their game up for 2018, and the cake features a QR-code sticker and even a full pesticide report inside the wrapper. No pesticides were detected, which further supports Changtai's claim that this material is wild and uncultivated. One sip of this tea told me everything I need to know: it has a lot of characteristics you'd only find in gushu tea.

The cake now smells aromatic with aged out smoke: wild material often has much more depth and intensity to the aroma and flavor than plantation material, and this is no exception. The aroma from these cakes is so enticing, I couldn't stop sniffing them when they arrived, and the aroma from them fills the room! While the aroma isn't quite as intense now after a year in my warehouse, this tea still has plenty of interesting complexity. The liquor has good kuwei (sweetness after bitterness) and is smooth and pleasant. 

This tea was a cha qi heavy hitter when it first came in. There's still plenty of power here, but the tea has mellowed out nicely and is now a smoother drinking experience.

The first cup of tea I brewed today had the unmistakable aroma of wild Changtai tea. If you haven't had wild pu erh tea before, this would be a very interesting experience! The tea has lovely and deep sweetness, long lasting huigan and astonishingly calming energy, which are all hallmarks of gushu or wild material to me. The terroir is definitely Menghai, but with a complexity and depth you simply cannot find in plantation material. This is truly lovely tea I feel will continue age well, and is very pleasant to drink now as well!

Please note: I only have eight cakes of this tea at this time (December 2019)!

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