1998 Gan Xiang Jiu Yun Raw Pu-erh Cake 400g

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  • “This was a very interesting and quite enjoyable aged pu erh. It was quite different than what one might expect, it really didn’t fit the expected profile of an aged pu erh. The broth was amber...” Read full tasting note
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Gan Xiang Jiu Yun : sweet aftertaste and lingering charm
This 400g aged raw puerh cake is little bit rare and interesting. Using Yunnan large leaf tea harvested in the late 1990s as material and storing in cool, dry place about 6 or 7 years. In 2004, some Kunming tea businessmen found this tea in Lincang, after two years – 2006, they made the tea into 400g cakes and 250g bricks. The material is not select – leaves with long stalks. Open the cake, the leaf surface is shiny and smooth, that’s a good sign, it means the tea is rich in pectin. The taste is very unique for raw puerh tea, a bit like 1990s aged oolong. Flavor of raisins and some dried fruits, sweet with comfortable aftertaste, the liquor has very nice orange brown color. Maybe loose leaves kept for a long time and later pressed to cake caused the taste so unique and different from other aged raw puerh tea. What a magical fusion!

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This was a very interesting and quite enjoyable aged pu erh. It was quite different than what one might expect, it really didn’t fit the expected profile of an aged pu erh. The broth was amber colored and clear. The taste was very fruity, with upfront flavors of raisins or plums, almost like an aged oolong. But underneath the dried fruit was a light shu type flavor, or maybe even something like a straight black tea; very smooth. It also had a bit of sharp bitterness, but it was an unusual bitterness, not astringent. Almost like burnt. In many ways, it reminded me of Slumbering Dragon from Crimson Lotus, particularly in terms of what the bitterness was like, though that tea doesn’t have much fruit upfront (at least right now). High qi! I was flyin’. The leaves were large (but often in pieces). I found this to be a very unusual tea, and I really like it a lot. Unfortunately, only samples are available, and it is $25 for a 25g sample. I found an old review on the internet from 2011, when this tea first became available, and a 400g cake went for around $30 back then. Man, those must have been good times for pu erh collectors!!

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