For lovers of gentle old Shengs.
Clean and soft, drinking this aged cake is like slipping into clean linen sheets—but for your palate. Subtle notes of cinnamon bark and cedar wood glide on a milky mouthfeel, with the barest hint of citrus bitters. An even layer of astringency dries the tongue for the next sip, and a distinct hui gan leaves the mouth feeling rinsed of strong flavours. Extremely relaxing at any concentration, brew with a stronger hand for a bolder camphoric cooling sensation, and perhaps the perfect palate cleanser.
The Changtai Tea Group
Founded in 1999, the Changtai Tea Company is a relative newcomer to Pu'er production, but has rapidly grown with the critical success of many of its teas. Known for its flagship Yichang brand, it has since acquired many well-known Pu'er brands and, in 2004, became the first tea company to be elevated to corporate status. Today, it offers a wide range of Sheng and Shu Pu'er, but pressings from its early years continue to be the most sought-after.
Taste and compare notes with Sigi's livestreamed tasting of Changtai Hao.