Golden Needle "Year of the Tiger" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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12 g 6 oz / 180 ml

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This cake is pressed entirely from 2021 Spring harvested Yi Wu area tea that was wet piled in Menghai! This is a tippy “Golden Needle” grade ripe. It’s very smooth and sweet, with some bittersweet character that reminds us of dark chocolate. Bitterness is barely noticeable but acts as a counterpoint to the sweet velvety taste of this thick viscous tea. This tea also carries some dried cherry and vanilla notes as well.

Pressed in late 2021 to commemorate the Year of the Tiger this lovely tea cake would be perfect for gifting during 2022 or stockpiling for aging.

Clean, smooth, complex, and aromatic ripe pu-erh tea that performs well beyond it’s price tag!

Pressed by the Cha Nong Hao Brand

Region: Yi Wu Mountains of Xishuangbanna

100 Grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)

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12g of leaf in a 180ml pot. Not always filling it to the top. So this session pushed the tea a bit.

This one is cheap for 100g of leaf, but surprisingly better than some of the other cheap mini cakes I’ve tried. I found that it gives up the goods quickly, and so there are only 2-3 good steeps (at least to my preferences).

First infusion was slightly thin but had a smooth, soft, dark chocolatey, cacao kind of taste to it. Rich. I suspected that the next steep would hit the spot a bit more. I wasn’t wrong…

Next infusion I let steep a little longer and filled up the whole pot, as I thought this would be the peak experience of the tea. Indeed, it was. The richness and bittersweet dark chocolatey quality was stronger, and the brew was soupier and darker, all of which I loved.

Next infusion was drinkable but the good notes were mostly gone, replaced with an earthier and minerally kind of quality. I drank it but concluded that the session was over for me.

For the price, you can get a glimpse of some nice ripe puerh tastes. It gives up the goods quickly. You can try to drag it out with shorter steeps, but I found that it’s not as good as pushing it and maxing out the taste and texture over a couple steeps. To each their own though. (available as of 2/2023)

12 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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