Another day, another turmoil. This time, it's the installation of bookcases downstairs. Our old favourites come out of storage, for filing in their new homes, much as with our pu'ercha before Christmas. It's good to get life back to normal.
In the package of samples so kindly sent by Jerry of China Chadao came this Nannuo cake, for which I feel both undeserving and entirely grateful - thanks again, Jerry.
As always, the Douji seal on the back of the cake (pictured above) is both informative, and obstructive.
The cake itself is a fine-looking fellow, comprising whole, small leaves, and a loose-but-not-too-loose compression.
By the time I free some leaves from the cake, the sun has risen, and so the remainder of my accompanying photographs appear to have normal daylight.
I often associate Nannuo cakes as being floral, sweet, and somewhat feminine. This Douji Nannuo is, as always, a decent blend of plantation with some real Nannuo-tasting leaves - it has clean hints of laoshu in there, without the citric notes of, say, the 2010 Douji Yiwu.
Solid and sweet in the mouth, if I were buying a cake from the 2010 range, it may well be this Nannuo - hence, I am delighted and grateful to have a whole bing to try in the coming years. It's not the kind of cake that I'd need to own in great quantity, but it's a fine example of the area, and, most importantly, a very enjoyable tea.