30 January, 2012

English Storage, V

2006 Xizihao Banzhang


Following an excellent suggestion by Shah, I celebrated a lazy Sunday morning by revisiting one of my first cakes - a Xizihao that is now half a decade old.  What makes this one interesting is that its spent that half-decade in English storage.

I invite you to join me at the original article (scrolling down to the new bit, if you please) for further notes.  The evidence in favour of English storage is looking good, dare I say it.

5 comments:

João Pinheiro said...

Hello Hobbes,

It's interesting that you published an article about revisiting one of your first cakes today. I just received a nice little package from The Essence of Tea containing my very first cake, a 2011 EoT Mansai.

Now I'm trying to decide what to taste first, the 1997 Henglichang Bulang sample you recommended or my Mansai cake. :)

Hobbes said...

Both are excellent! You should be pleased that your first cakes are so good - many of my first cakes were howlers... :)


Toodlepip,

Hobbes

João Pinheiro said...

Today I decided to try the Mansai; a great cake indeed! I found the flavour to be somewhat similar to the 2007 Baichatang Gu Chayuan that I tried earlier, although not as sweet and with a bit of a smoky tobacco aftertaste.

I'm quite curious about the Bulang, but that one is going to have to wait until tomorrow morning.

Let's hope I manage to maintain this level of quality on my future tea purchases. :)

Hobbes said...

Very nice, Joao - what a good start. :)

Toodlepip,

Hobbes

João Pinheiro said...

A very good start indeed! I'm having quite an interesting conflict though. One one hand, I feel very tempted to go ahead and buy a lot of cakes for fear of missing out on something that will be hard to obtain later; on the other hand, I think it's more reasonable and responsible of me to try a few cakes and get a good idea of what I like before buying significant amounts of tea.

Anyway, I'm currently sipping my fourth infusion of the 1997 Henglichang Bulang that you recommended. It's a very interesting tea, I feel like the smell and flavour carry quite a lot of history with them. I'll post some of my notes on the appropriate article as soon as I finish my tasting session. :)