This little 100 gram cake comes from Yunnan Sourcing.
It barely resembles a cake anymore as I have been enjoying this one for a good while now. First I have to say I love the old school nei fei, just a piece of plain torn paper with a stamp. The cake is made up of medium size leaf on the outside ( all gone now) hard compressed broken leaf on the inside. The dry aroma holds a bit of smokiness. Now getting into the center of the cake I break off a few chunks with the pick.
The infused liquor has the most wonderful aroma of cinnamon and raisins. I just cant help but keep sniffing at the glass pitcher. The first infusion yields strong smoky flavors with a bit of spice and astringency. After the second and third infusions it really gets enjoyable, with light smoky, spicy, savory flavors and hinting toward some cinnamon in the throat. This tea reminds me of thanksgiving, when my dad and me make a smoked turkey inside an old wood burning stove out in his barn every year, the tea brings those smoky savory flavors to life again.
|Last years turkey. A teapot is always near.|
I do have one more full cake tucked away for the future. We will see how it develops.