Naka 2014

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Bitter, Lemon, Strawberry
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4 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “4g in Gaiwan. Dry leaf: Colourful; smells of straw/hay. Wet leaf: Med/high compression. Bright, hot strawberry jam; concentrated herbyness. Summary: I rate this highly because of the hardcore...” Read full tasting note


This 2014 spring gushu pu-erh tea is hand-picked, completely hand processed and also hand-pressed with a traditional stone mould. The name of the tea usually represents the tea mountain that it was picked. The tea leaves are picked from old tea trees, usually 200 – 600 years old tea trees. The tea leaves are seldomly picked from a single tree or from the oldest trees. This kind of single tea trees or oldest tea trees leaves can be also acquired but it’s price is usually the double or even more.

The further review is my personal tasting notes. Anyone tasting this tea could feel different tastes, aromas and its similarities. The water, the way of heating it, the tea vessel, the tea cup, the air, the mouth tasting condition, an amount of leaves, all these can influence the final outcome of tea soup.
wild, wild, wild and natural, the aroma of tea leaves in the hot teapot is very thick, something sweet and ripe, lets brew it, the first sip makes an impression of at least a third one when the tea leaves are open but this one, very thick from the start, even the tea soup is crystal clear and bright, not bronze like, a really tasty tea, a specific Naka, even better than last year I must say, amazing how a 30 seconds brew can give such a delicious tea, I put about 6 grams per 100 ml teapot, a tea worth of a king, a typical Naka bitterness fills the whole mouth, clears the mind, uplifts the body, the third brew is really powerful, the edges of the tounge produce a sweetness, its like a sugar melted in the middle of your tounge and then over flows to edges of the tounge, the caramelized bitterness which stays in your mouth, very desired one, not harsh at all, this fourth or fifth brew is too much, I do not know if this my personal feeeling but this spring Naka is worth of the money, the tea soup is so rich that you are mesmerised, it is like you have eaten a bunch of tea leaves, rather fresh ones, very clear bitterness.

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4g in Gaiwan.

Dry leaf: Colourful; smells of straw/hay.
Wet leaf: Med/high compression. Bright, hot strawberry jam; concentrated herbyness.

Summary: I rate this highly because of the hardcore bitterness and energy. This tea produces the thickest liquor I have come across so far.

Note: I have previously given one of the White2Tea teas a low score for being singularly green – 2012 Ruiyuan NanNuo Old Arbor. That may have been due to my lack of tea experience at that time. This Naka tea is not singularly green and that is why I score it highly. If I ever buy some more of that same White2Tea tea, I will re-review it and possibly score it higher.

5s – Light yellow liquor. Very thick and soft in the mouth – interesting. Complex. There is a light lemon flavour, which suggests an easy drinker, but underneath there is a whirlwind current beginning.
I’m beginning to feel energised: my head feels lighter; my ears have almost popped. Is that the tea or the gin (Hendricks) I had earlier?
10s – Pale yellow liquor. Bit cloudy. Thick and lemony. It is quite bitter on the swallow. It is sweet until the swallow.
15s – Pale yellow liquor. Cloudiness gone. Interesting mix of sweet and sourness; the sourness is the dominant one. I’m getting energised from this tea. It is smooth, lemony, thick and goes down nicely. On each swallow it seems to add more energy.
20s – My head is beginning to race. I was slightly dazed watching this one being poured into my cup. The Streets – ‘Lights Are Blinding My Eyes’ has appeared in my head. That tune is taking over the more mellow -Manu Chao ‘Bongo Bong’. This is one powerful tea. I feel heat in my chest and face. On the swallow it was astringent and bitter; the tea is reminding me that it is strong.
25s – It’s easy drinking now. Lemony with bitterness. Mouth is left dry and bitter.
30s – Lighter yellow liquor. Astringent and bitter, with lemons. The bitterness goes under the tongue; the sweetness hits the roof of the mouth. On the swallow the whole mouth becomes dry and bitter before becoming dry and sweet with sugary sweetness.
Re-boil kettle.
35s – Some bitter raisins have appeared. Lots of bitterness. What started as a gentle, sweet, drink is now hardcore sheng. Peter (the seller) said this is hardcore and he is correct.
~40s – Bitterness on the sip, some sweetness, then heavy on the bitterness.
40s – I can taste some base sheng material, so the end is close.
1 minute – Colour is fading. Mainly bitter, which fades slowly into some sweetness.
2 minutes – Bitter with steady sweetness.

Flavors: Bitter, Lemon, Strawberry

4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

NaKa. I had one fr Chawang and was seriously drunk for 2 days

Jiāng Luo

How in the world do you afford


I payed €13 (~$14.1) a 25g sample of this. For comparison White2tea sell a 2005 NaKa for $32. Other teas in my order to pu-erh were similarly priced and I have found the quality to be excellent.

Jiāng Luo

$15/oz is steep $32/oz is indeed steeper I guess ill rephrase how can you afford to drink naka I am jealous

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