I had the Baoyan 2001 mini cake that Davelcorp sent me today. I didn’t really know what to expect of this thing. Baoyan is a brand that is marketed to Xinjiang/Tibet, as far as I know, and so the tea is usually a little different from other puerh like Dayi brand.
It turned out to be a fairly aged cake, for a 5 year old, which is hard to explain, but nonetheless, that’s what it is. The leaves are quite broken. The brew itself is thick, and a solid brown. The taste, in the mouth, is quite flat, actually — not very flavourful. The flavours show up late, in the aftertaste. This is sort of true for all the infusions. The tea has that metallic taste of young puerh, but also there are some floral tones to the aftertaste. When smelled, you can smell smoked wood from the lid and the cup.
A bit of an oddball, in how aged it is and how it tastes, but quite an interesting tea. Not bad for the price, I think, and might turn out better in a few more years.
Thanks Davelcorp 🙂