"Yin Song He" (Silver Pine & Crane ) and the sibling cake "Jin Song He" (Golden Pine & Crane ) both were made according to order from FT (Fei Tai) tea company to mimic the "Jin Da Yi" and "Yin Da Yi" from Menghai tea factory which have been proved as a success in tea market.
Using 2 years aged tea materials and main is around 1st grade with high ratio of young buds and tiny leaves.
Tight and neat tea leaves with great appearance.
Clear tea liquor color with brightness.
Refreshing taste with sweetness.
Good on Huigan and saliva producing.
Some smoky tea flavor with typical XG character.
Guangzhou natural storage.
I got this one out to review as I have wanted to get into it and a couple of friends were interested also.
I pulled it out to chunk off a bit and was surprised that it broke off easily. Most XiaGuan “Iron Cakes” are tough to get into. It broke off easily and I got I got my measure of pretty easy. I guess the pumidor may be working.
I gave a 10 second rinse and let the leaf sit for about 10 minutes to start brewing. It brews a nice deep golden color. It still has some of the smoke and punch of a somewhat younger tea but a deeper color.
It carries a good bit of bitter but in a nice way for me. Some hints of smoke and astringency but not in an overpowering way. It reminds me somewhat of another cake from about 2007 that I enjoyed.
Will it give you that nice Cha Qui?
A bit but not too strong. Huigan a bit. Nice notes of subdued smoke and camphor a little pucker of citrus in there as well.
Nice and aging well I think.