This is a 2005 Hong Tai Chang ripe pu erh 400g. You will noticed that this cake is wrapped in a brown paper wrapper. I was told that it was a signature wrapper used by the tea company.
I had found that this ripe pu provided a myriad of taste sensations when I had brewed a pot of this tea. The earthly taste in very deep and strong. The aftertaste seem to remind me of an aged raw pu instead of ripe. It is a delightful drink as the tea aroma has very mild hints of cereal, herbs and mint. I tend to drink my ripe a little stronger (10-12g) in a 200ml pot and can easily drink through 8-10 brews. This tea did not disappoint me throughout the entire brewing session. I had started on this tea in Oct ‘09 and have already brewed through 1/3 of the cake.
This tea cost me about US $20 and I got it locally at my regular tea shop in Singapore. The tea cake is compressed tightly, so you have to have your tea tools for prying open the tea cake. This is one of the best ripe pu erh I have tasted this year. I had noticed the shop has not many pieces left and I just might…..