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2013 Xiaguan 'T8653' Raw Puerh

Iron Cake puerh, compressed for longer term ageing.

Special Offer: Save 50% - 357g cake was £20, now £10

The Iron Cake is a specially crafted type of puerh with a very tight compression. This makes it ideal for laying down for long term ageing.

Despite being so young, this puerh has already lost a great deal of its astringency. It is smoky, sweeter on subsequent infusions, light and smooth. It is sure to continue developing into something utterly beautiful as it slowly ages.

An inexpensive way to make an impressive start to your puerh collection.

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GBP £ 10.00
£0.03 per serving

*Based on a 3g serving, infused 6 times

2013 Xiaguan 'T8653' Raw Puerh

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The recipe number for this puerh is T8653. The initial letter T stands for 铁 or tie, the character for iron, which indicates that this is tightly compressed by machine. This is in order to withstand much longer term ageing, particularly in hot and humid environments.

This Iron Cake puerh is made to a classic recipe from the famous Xiaguan tea factory, a major producer of puerh in the ancient city of Dali, Yunnan. This region has an excellent climate, fresh clean water from the mountains, which contributes to the excellent quality of their tea. Xiaguan puerh is very sought after.

Chinese Name 下关8653铁饼
Year of Production 2013
Factory Xiaguan
Harvesting Area Lincang, Weishan
Style Raw (Sheng)
Weight 357g
Varietal Assamica
Leaf Appearance Tippy and Grey to Black leaves
Aroma Floral, pungent, tobacco
Liquor Golden yellow
Quick Brewing Instructions Use the gongfu style. A small teapot (or small amount of water) with 3-4 g of tea and hot water: 95°C (203°F) infused for just 20 secs. Reinfuse at least 6 times.
Puerh Vintage 2008 to date

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