I am pleasantly surprised with this 2008 Taetea (aka Dayi) raw pu erh cake. This is the special edition 'Qiu Xiang' (aka autumn aroma) cake. It was interesting that this cake came in 500g size. This is a lot of tea. This upsized tea cake is unusual in that many tea factories usually now produce a standard 357g cake size or smaller and many newer tea cakes you see in the tea markets now even come in smaller sized 150-200g cakes.
This tea is strong and I found that using lesser leaves and a slightly longer infusion times gave me a cup of tea that has pleasant complications of both herb and Chinese medicinal aroma and taste. Even though this tea had been stored in hot and humid Malaysia for almost 10 years, I felt this tea would also be a candidate for further aging. I believed the tea would be more mellow if stored few more years. I can already detect a aged medicinal taste and smoothness in the tea. It would be a shortcut, in that I had already a 10 year head start in the storage of this tea.
This tea cake comes packed in 5 cakes a tong. I will keep an eye for these cakes in my next tea buying trip.