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2008 Xiaguan "Baoyan Ripe Cake" Ripe Pu-erh Tea

$25.00 USD

Brand: Xiaguan Tea Factory

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The Bao Yan sub-brand of Xiaguan is (aka Tibetan Flame) was originally developed to sell Xiaguan bricks and mushroom tuo to the Tibetan market in Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu, and Tibet proper. The early releases of the Bao Yan brand began in the 1960's and were just raw bricks and mushroom tuo (jin cha). After the invention of ripe pu-er in the 1970's Xiaguan finally perfected it's ripe wet piling method and began to offer Baoyan branded mushroom tuo, bricks and then later cakes.

This 2008 Baoyan cake is made from fermented Lincang material (Yun Xian and Mengku). It's medium light fermentation, so there is still a sweet raw edge to the tea and a very slight whiskey-like peat/smoky. It takes several rounds to open up and give up it's goodness. We recommend brewing in a dedicated clay pot with the hottest water possible. This was dry stored in Guangdong for 7 years and has lost all of it's wet piled taste.

357 grams per cake, 7 cakes per tong.