I have been drinking about 2 sessions of tea per day. At about 7g per tea session, that meant 14g per day.....and if its pu erh...and at this rate would imply more than 1 whole cake a month. That is a lot of tea and I would like to advise my readers again not to have a tea session on an empty stomach as it may cause the stomach to produce more acid in your empty tummy.
Readers would know I use a plier to break up my iron cake. I found that I could easily get small chunks of tea and have less tea dust from using a plier.
I thought iron cakes would take a long time to age compared to regular pu erh cakes due to their high compression. I was however surprised when I open up this cake in my collection. This 2007 cake when brewed, has a very dark amber colour and there is very good hints of aged taste in the tea. This tea is fabulously complex in the taste. There are hay and a honey notes. I felt there were nice herbal and Chinese medicinal herbs in the tea as well. This tea is a strong workhorse.... I use lesser tea about 6g with a 120 ml teapot. I allow longer infusions but I could get 15 strong infusions easily.
Older Xiaguan iron cakes are still inexpensive but are now slightly harder to find in tea shops. I recommend.