The 2005 XiaGuan "Jia Ji" (1st Grade) Iron Cake, weighing 357g, is a distinguished Puerh Raw Tea (Sheng Cha) that stands as a hallmark of quality and tradition. Originating from a series with a history stretching back to the mid-20th century, it is crafted from higher-grade tea materials, enriched with young buds and tiny leaves, offering a premium tea experience.
The Iron Cake is notable for its density and toughness, more robust than the typical cake. This compactness makes it challenging to pry apart and slower to dissolve, even in boiling water, but this feature is key to preserving the original tea fragrance and decelerating the aging process, thereby maintaining its integrity and depth over time.
This tightly compressed cake exhibits a remarkable hardness, embodying the storied aged characteristics that are highly prized among tea aficionados. Upon brewing, it reveals a refreshing taste that beautifully marries sweetness with a hint of smoky flavor, a nod to its traditional processing methods.
A standout feature of the "Jia Ji" Iron Cake is its exceptional Huigan, the delightful returning sweetness, and its ability to stimulate saliva production, enhancing the overall tasting experience. The tea flavor lingers persistently in the mouth, creating a memorable and enjoyable aftertaste.
Balanced with medium to minor levels of bitterness and astringency, this tea strikes a harmonious blend that is both mellow and smooth, inviting the drinker to savor every sip. The natural storage conditions in Guangzhou have nurtured this tea, allowing its flavors and aromas to mature gracefully, adding to its complexity and allure.
The 2005 XiaGuan "Jia Ji" Iron Cake is more than a beverage; it is a celebration of time-honored tea-making practices, offering a rich, immersive experience into the world of Puerh Raw Tea.