Hung Chong Tai loose pu

I went to the old, wet storage tea store today to pick up the tong of tea I ordered back in the summer. Now that I think about it, I’m overpaying them for it. However, a search through Taobao showed that nobody sells this tea. There’s one item that’s similar, but it’s not the same thing.

I only have a vague memory of the tea I tried. I remember it being somewhat bitter, and quite “strong”. Mainly, I bought it because I want to see what these people pick as a good young puerh (since this is the ONLY young puerh they sell). I think I might just leave it in the tong here and let it sit in Hong Kong. It can use some moisture to age.

I also bought a little of this:

Some wet stored loose puerh (raw), packed in a pretty little bag…. kinda retro

Below the Chinese name of the company, it’s written on the leaf that this place is a “hub for famous teas”. They sell mostly wet stored stuff. Quite a cute place though. I might go back and see if I can find a cake or two of wet stored cooked pu and try it, and maybe take a pic or two of the place itself.

I made my tea:

Mellow, sweet, definitely raw tasting, although somewhat flat as the storage was pretty wet, I think. It’s not nasty though, just flat. I made many infusions, although since I was adding water when it reaches about 40% full, I don’t know how many infusions I can actually count. For the price (40 USD for 600g) it’s not too bad. I’d drink this regularly over a very young cake. It’s probably better for my body.

Some of the leaves… you can see how some are browner, while others are blacker (and stiffer). Did I say wet storage?


Comments

Hung Chong Tai loose pu — 3 Comments

  1. I’ve been thinking lately that I might want to buy some loose Puerh to drink in the morning. Do you think I should go with raw or cooked? Generally speaking, I know that raw is always preferred with Puerh, but since this is a slightly different situation, perhaps the preference is different. I also ask because most online vendors seem to only sell cooked loose Puerh, and not raw.

  2. It comes down to… what do you like?

    This kind of puerh (poorly stored raw loose) probably isn’t for everybody. Some will inevitably not like the taste, but just as many dislike cooked pu.

    You probably won’t find this stuff online, anywhere. There isn’t a market for it.

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