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Here we have a 25-year-old raw tea cake that's been aging in Taiwan since original purchase.
Interestingly, in 1992 this tea produced a bright yellow liquor but after Taiwan's extreme humidity and heat year after year, it has matured into a dark, crimson oily soup!
Did you notice that the font used in this Zhong Cha production is quite unique? This 1992 edition is one of the only times it was used. The name "Mei Shu Zi" (美術字) is used among Pu-erh aficianados in Taiwan to designate this tea and refers to the the font (literally "beautiful calligraphy"). It's a blend of Daye leaves and buds.
This raw tea was naturally stored in Taiwan. This means that it stayed in an indoor, non-climate controlled clean environment in Taiwan... for 25 years! This gets good results but there is a "humid" character to this tea right now. We prefer to let these cakes air out for several months in a dry-storage climate. We just brought these cakes back so there will be humid-stored taste for several more months as of 11/5/2016. Just put it away for 6 six months and you should be good. Although it's perfectly good to drink right now if you don't mind a little humidity in the first few steeps.
Oily and thirst-quenching, smooth with good mouth-feel.
Extra note: As a professional Martial Artist on the mat almost every single day, this is one of the best teas I've ever had for recovery/anti-inflammation. I just feel good drinking this tea. With its smooth drink-ability, oily texture and pleasant taste, this has become one of my favorite teas.