2022 Yunnan Sourcing "Naka Beauty" Old Arbor Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake
Naka Mountain area is in the northern part of Mengsong area (north of Nannuo mountains). It's one of the higher altitude tea growing areas in Menghai county reaching elevations of 2100 meters. Our offering is from 100+ year old tea trees growing at about 1950-2000 meters.
We have often encountered Naka teas, but up until now I didn't feel moved to press one. Either the quality was not so good, or the price was too high in relation to the quality. This is a Spring 2022 first flush tea plucked in mid-April that was stored as mao cha in Menghai town until we pressed it in December of 2022.
This is a bitter tea with some Mengsong character, but also with a high mountain fragrance and taste that reminds me somewhat of a Lao Cong Dan Cong, but with a solid classical pu-erh tea core. Returning sweetness, potent cha qi and a golden tea soup.
April 2022 Harvest (December 13, 2022 pressing)
250 Grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Stone-Pressed in the traditional way
40 Kilograms in total pressed (160 cakes)
This tea has been tested in a certified laboratory and has passed the MRL limits for 404 pesticide residues as established by the EU Food and Safety commission. For more information about MRL testing and the EU Food and Safety commission click on this link.
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