This is a Lau Yu Fat house cake. This is their 1st ever 'house cake'. Produced in 2011, this cake is a blend of Bulang and Bada tea leaves.
I had been their customer for more than 7 years and I will always pay a visit to the shop whenever I am in Hong Kong. I would also use this opportunity to 'practice' my Chinese Teochew dialect with Senior Lau, who had on many occasions explained to me the history of the Hong Kong tea scene for the past 50 years. This teashop had been around since the 60s and is now managed by the 3rd generation of the Lau family.
Back to this tea cake. This cake is strong in both taste a aroma. There is no fresh floral notes or hardly any sweetness.......maybe very very faint sweet hints in the aftertaste. There is good herbal bitterness but the tea is very smooth. I am angry with myself for opening his tea cake. This tea is still 'newish' as evidenced by the harshness of the tea. This tea would be very impressive if stored for another 5 years or more. I had already stored this tea for more than 6 years in Singapore. Sigh. I will break the cake in a tea caddy and will open this canister again after a few years.