This cake is one of my last remaining cakes from the 90s/80s/70s. I had mentioned before that I had some number of these in the past but I mostly drank through them all many years ago… because they are delicious.The only cakes that survived were ones with some sentimental value. Some older shu puerh managed to escape my insatiable hunger for aged puerh simply because I drink so little shu. This cake survived because it was given as a wedding gift and had this type of sentimentality attached to it.
Back in the day you could receive something significantly aged like this or even a Laobanzhang as a wedding gift… nowadays the closest we get is a tong of 2013 Xiaguan Love Forever… hahahhaha… still pretty good. This is what I know of this cake… I believe it was purchased by a Korean shop keeper who went on a puerh buying trip to Taiwan in the early to mid 2000s. It was stored briefly in Korea then I stored it in BC where I sampled it once or twice. I recently opened it again in Good’ol dry to the bone Saskatchewan where I currently reside. It is the same cake that Marco recently blind sampled here.
Here are my tasting notes on this aged beauty…
Dry leaves smell of dried out old faint oldness. The rinsed leaves smell of old woody, a faint bit urine like, old puerh smell.
First infusion has a sweet candy plum taste that indicates some drier storage at the end with a subtle oily texture with a rich aged almost nutty taste to it that suggests some Traditional Hong Kong storage early in its storage history. There is a bit of fallen leaf mulch taste in the mid profile a bit of cooling then a sweet candy finish. Nice relaxing feel off the bat.
The second infusion has a sweet dry cherry taste with some subtle richer medicinal menthol woody taste initially there is a nice mild oily texture in the mouth especially in the front and a bit of sticky dry lips and slight drier throat simulation. Nice deeply relaxing Qi so far but also a bit powerful in the chest. A bit of body feeling in the wrists and hands and a subtle tingle in the face. A cooling throat throws some returning plum cherry sweetness.
The third infusion has a coco smoothness an emerging camphor woody medicinal leaf mulch taste. It has a bit of a creamy sweet woody finish. The feeling is a bit chalky oily in the front of the tongue but also drying on the lips and back of the throat simulating it slightly. Nice deeply penetrating Qi with some chest expanding and arms tingling. There is a subtle bitter astringency that lingers minutes later. The Qi has a lingering and deep power to it common with puerh from the 70-80s.
The fourth infusion has a deeper richer nutty sweet oily mulch taste with the sweetness being mainly the nutty taste with only a little sweetness trying to punch through the camphor cooling finish on the breath. The mouthfeeling is simultaneously oily and dry which is an interesting dynamic feeling. The Qi is also both deeply relaxing and deeply energizing a nice aged Qi feeling common of things a bit older. There is a woody not quite coco but almost oily nuttiness left in the mouth. The bitter and astringency is faintly appearing after the fact in the aftertaste minutes later.
The 5th has a sweet oily nutty woody left onset with a camphor mid-profile and a faint chalky candy over a woody drying base. The sweetness is faint and comes out with more bitter astringency on the breath. Deep chesty Qi feeling with deep relaxing and rejuvenation.
The 6th has a medicinal rich almost but not really nutty sweet and oily deep taste. There is some oily texture in the onset and some dryness in the finish. Overall, not much sweet. Nice deep relaxing now. Some faint bitter astringency minutes later with a chalky nutty woody leaf mulch finish.
The 7th has a medicinal onset with a woody old books taste with sharper woody bitter astringency and not that much nutty sweetness. A lingering mouth coolness with a camphor.
I push harder with a 20 second added to flash steepings…
8th has a woody old woody taste with some sweetness woody underneath that is hard to access. More of a woody varnish leaf mulch taste here. There is some coolness on the breath woody finish.
9th infusion has 30 seconds beyond flash and is left to cool and gives off a rich nutty taste that moves toward a camphor. There is a woody finish. There is a distinct chestiness to this puerh nice relaxing and reassuring energy also deeply energizing.
10th a few minutes long steep… pushing it hard here… rewarded with nice rich nutty sweet oily tastes. Thick camphor woody nutty finish. Some dryness and gripping in the throat.
11th is left for a good 10 minutes… deep rich nutty woody onset that turns into a cooling camphor in the throat. Nice woody overlay. Warming Qi with a chesty feeling and deep energetic relaxing.
12th I do a quicker 5 min steeping… it gives off lighter woody varnish type tastes with not much other taste in there some faint cool camphor but that’s about it. This old stuff usually has to be pushed pretty hard…
The next morning I push it long and I do this for the next few days savoring the old puerh taste that is pushed out…
Most definitely 70s or 80s material with some Hongkong Traditional Storage… I need to get me one of those puerh yearbooks… hahahah
Is there anyone who can give me more info on this oldie? I would really appreciate it!