2013 Chen Sheng Hao "Ba Da" Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake
Chen Sheng Hao is a brand of Pu-erh that was started in 2008 by Mr. Chen Sheng He, a long time tea drinker and Guangdong native. In 2008 he signed a contract with more than 100 Lao Ban Zhang villagers for exclusive rights to their harvest. It was after this that Chen Sheng Hao brand pu-erh became known and soon after he began to produce teas from Yi Wu, Naka, Nan Nuo and Bu Lang as well.
This 2013 Spring Ba Da production is a very high quality production from wild arbor tea trees and bushes from the Ba Da mountain area in Menghai County. I feel it's an excellent example of the Ba Da terroir that's both good and affordable!
The tea has been stored in Guangdong since 2013 and the hot and humid storage has helped it along by transforming it's bitter and astringent Ba Da character into something rich and complex. It's fruity, nutty and has a chicken soup thickness to it. There is definitely still a fair amount of astringency and bitterness with this tea, but that's expected, and needed for this tea to continue to age and grow in stature.
** Some wrappers may be bug-bitten with little holes in the paper. There may also be some dust between the wrapper and the cake. Rinse tea once or twice briefly before drinking! If you are squeamish please don't order this tea!
357 grams per cake!
2013 Spring Harvest