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2018 Changtai Wild Menghai (260g cake)

2018 Changtai Wild Menghai (260g cake)

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This cake is the sheng of the year for me! It is a 2018 Changtai production made with outstanding wild material from the Menghai region. Changtai have 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 smells smokey and also very enticing: 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! 

The first cup of tea I brewed had the unmistakable aroma of wild 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 age well, and is very pleasant to drink now as well!

Please note: I only have eleven cakes of this tea at this time!

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