This is an iron Pu-erh cake, or a round tea, which means that the tea has been heavily compressed and there is no indent on the back side of the cake as is customary on Pu-erh beeng cha. Iron cakes will keep well for long-term aging as the compression leaves very little room for air pockets, so the leaf is less affected by air than with more loosely-compressed cakes.
In fact, this box contains 4 iron cakes each of which weight 125 grams, so it is a good value. The cakes are wrapped together in one paper packet, not separately.
These cakes are made from Wuliang Shan and Lincang tea harvesting area leaf materials and the taste is pure, mild, and smooth. The tea is aromatic and ready to drink now or will keep well for long term storage.
As many of you know, we are smitten with both the Pu-erh and dian hong cha from the Wuliang Shan tea harvesting area in Yunnan. (In fact, we try to have as many variations of tea from this harvesting area as we can find, such as our Yunnan Jingdong Wuliang Golden Threads which we have in 2 seasonal pluckings. See the listing in Black Tea.)
This Nan Jian Tulin beeng cha is made with leaf materials gathered from tea harvesting areas on Wuliang Shan at approximately 6,500 feet in elevation and also from tea harvesting area of neighboring Lincang. Lincang produces many of Yunnans finest teas, including dian hong black teas from the Feng Qing area (another of our favorite tea producing regions of Yunnan), and also Pu-erh from ancient tea trees in the Mengku tea harvesting area.
The fresh leaf from these two areas contributes strong flavor and strong aroma to the blend. Nan Jian’s blending style features both sweet and pungent tastes which reflect the unique qualities and origins of the raw materials used in this tea.
The Nan Jian Tulin tea factory produces fine Pu-erh. Fans of Xiaguan Tea Factory Pu-erh may want to give this tea a try – Tulin’s teas are well-known for their balanced, complex flavor which is due to their selection of raw materials, and their blending and processing skills.
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