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  • 2001 Zhongcha - Ba Zhong
    $179.00
    357g
    2001 Zhongcha - Ba Zhong
    This 2001 CNNP cake is colloquially known to pu'er collectors as "Ba Zhong" because it has eight "中“ characters around the central, green "茶" character. Aged in Taiwan and acquired by Tea Urchin in 2014. It has an aroma of camphor and fermented fruit. A manly tea, with a touch of smoke and some bitterness, suggesting Bulang leaves in the source material. Thick mouthfeel, even a little silt-grain at the finish.
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  • Bulang 2010 Spring
    $74.00
    357g
    Bulang 2010 Spring
    A fantastic blend of Bulang leaves, this great value cake was produced by our friend Mr. Yu under his private label Che Ma Xuan in Spring of 2010. The Chinese character "qian" 乾 on the front of the cake refers to tea trees planted during the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795). A floral barnyard aroma fills the empty cup. This is a "gentle" Bulang, it has bitterness if pushed, but with the bitterness comes a pleasing sweet aftertaste on the tongue. A little leaf goes a long way with this cake. Really enjoyable.
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  • 2004 Zhongcha
    $109.00
    357g
    2004 Zhongcha
    This 2004 CNNP "he xiang" raw cake is famous for its fine aroma reminiscent of lotus leaf. Aged in Malaysia for 10 years and acquired by Tea Urchin in 2014.
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  • 1998 Menghai Factory - Red Mark Red Ribbon
    $699.00
    357g
    1998 Menghai Factory - Red Mark Red Ribbon
    The 1998 Red Mark Red Ribbon (勐海茶厂红中红丝带) is one of the most famous and high quality cakes produced by the Menghai factory in the late 1990s. It has a signature red ribbon embedded in the cake, and this particular batch has benefited from great storage in Taiwan with natural humidity. Liquor - cola colored with a reddish orange tinge. Aroma - sweet dates, medicinal, aged agar wood. Taste: Dates and goji berries, old leather, flavorful tannins, complex, with a sweetness that builds through the infusions. Mouthfeel - thick, full, some fine silt. Aftertaste - subtle, enticing throat & tongue coating huigan. Chaqi - very noticeable energetics, starting in upper chest like an inflating rising bubble, can get a little giddy. Spreads to the arms by end of session. Stamina - up to 10 infusions. A fantastic, rare find.
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  • 1998 Zhongcha 8582
    $199.00
    357g
    1998 Zhongcha 8582
    Made in 1998, this 8582 recipe raw puer cake is just as good as contemporaries produced by the famous Menghai tea factory, but is available at a much lower price. A cake for drinkers, not just collectors. Aged in Taiwan, it is neither dry not wet but somewhere in between.
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  • Jing Mai 2009
    $69.00
    400g
    Jing Mai 2009
    Sourced in the Winter of 2009, this larger than usual, 400g cake is shockingly good. Who said nobody makes winter pu-erh, and that Jingmai is terrible for aging? This cake dispels the myths, and is darn good value for its age! Produced by our friends at Che Ma Xuan. An interesting tea to compare against our 2012 Spring Jingmai or our 2013 Spring Jingmai Reserve.
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  • Yiwu 2009 Spring
    $70.00
    357g
    Yiwu 2009 Spring
    Aged in Yunnan this is a tasty, well balanced cake, very enjoyable to drink today. A great example of clean humid aging, not too wet, not too dry. A good value everyday drinker for those who like a bit of age on their sheng.
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  • 1998 Fuhai Factory
    $299.00
    357g
    1998 Fuhai Factory
    This is a fantastic aged sheng puerh, earthy but clean tasting, with a dark ruby liquor. Warehoused in Guangzhou, it has a strong aged taste, but without the over powering storage taste associated with traditional humid storage. We checked each cake to ensure it is mold free. However, as with all cakes from this era, there is a risk you may find a strand of hair, seed husk or other bonus items in your tea cake. Also, the thin paper wrappers are tattered, and the edges of the cake may be crumbling. But with 1990's cakes becoming more rare & appreciating in price, this is still a good value buy, from the well-regarded Fuhai factory. The recipe number is 7536.
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  • Chen Sheng Yi Hao 2010 Spring
    $129.00
    400g
    Chen Sheng Yi Hao 2010 Spring
    Chen Sheng made Lao Ban Zhang famous by monopolizing the supply and building a large factory in the village. 陈升一号 is the signature blend from the Chen Sheng factory and contains enough Bulang and Banzhang material to deliver a mouthful of strong flavors and a powerful chaqi. Our cakes are from the first production run of 2010, and already show promising signs of aging.
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