The tea has a warm orange color in the bowl. The strong camphor reminds me of some of the older cakes from Changtai which i’ve reviewed recently. This for me is a good sign since I’ve rather enjoyed those cakes. However, i find that it’s taste is a bit thinner, drier and woodier than i was expecting. The balance is still very good overall. The Qi is clearly noticeable though it’s not particularly strong.

Overall I find this a solid cake with a true pu’er spirit. It manages to convey some of what i consider to be the most fascinating aspect of sheng pu’er – it is wild. Tasting this tea i can feel the mood of the wild mountain environment where the leaves that make up this cake have been harvested.

It’s balanced even up to the point that I find myself doubting this is a cake for long-term storage. Its time is now or in the near future which is not really a bad thing considering the agreeable price it’s selling at.

Full review with pictures (in finnish) can be found here:

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First a tea hobbyist and then a founder of the chinese tea store Teepolku. My prime passion are chinese style teas and teaware.

I taste lots and lots of teas and have tried to develop for myself a consistent rating system. Here’s how to interpret my ratings here:

20 – It looks suspicious and lacks the characteristic features of it’s kind. There are unpleasant flaws in the taste profile that overcome any positive sides.
40 – It has some of the characteristic features of it’s kind but there are also flaws. The leafs seem technically to be of acceptable quality. It can be difficult to infuse but when you get it right, it is pleasant to drink.
60 – It clearly possesses characteristic features of it’s kind. Technically the tea is of good quality. There can be flaws in the taste profile but these are not of the disturbing type but rather something that is missing from what one can find in excellent teas. The tea is not difficult to infuse.
80 – The tea is a representative sample of it’s kind. It is technically flawless and of high quality. The taste profile is unusually fine and there are no flaws. The tea works even if the infusion deviates reasonably from the recommendation.
100 – It is at the very peak of it’s kind. It is technically unusually well finished and of excellent quality. The taste profile is also unusually fine and offers insights into it’s kind. It is flexible to infuse. It is an experience that transcends taste and aroma.


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