Once again this tea series is very sought after and tough to find. The flavor of these cakes is really superior and will be quite enjoyed. Mild camphor notes compliment the beany full flavor this tea offers. The unique tapered shape make these Guang Yun cakes easier to distinguish from other cakes. The Canton factory had its own special iron mold that produced these unique cakes. Leaves are full and in great shape when the tea is steeped. Stands up to many infusions.
Origin: Yunnan Province
Storage: Natural Hong Kong Dry Storage
Guang yun gong (or guangyun gong) cannot be called a pu-erh officially. But for the history, we will describe it as Pu-erh, since the first cakes were produced in 1958 until late 2008. IN 2008, Pu-erh tea was declared as a “product with geographical indications” by the Chinese government. This restricts the naming of tea as “pu-erh” to those produced within specific regions of Yunnan Province, currently being disputed by producers from Guangdong (where the cakes are finally processed in that factory), since they often produce cakes from tea leaves grown in Yunnan.
This 1990s CNNP Guang Yun tribute cake tastes sweet with woodiness. The leaves are darker reddish. The liquor also looks a bit different, it's deep burgundy red.The wet leaves smelled woody too as they fell apart in the pot. Once the pot is full of soaked leaves, the aroma takes a turn towards dried plums, a pleasant, deep aroma. It is not really that much puerh-like, but it feels aged and good. The leaves are from Yunnan, though so for common knowledge it is Pu-erh processed in Guangdong.