1973 Spring Loose Raw Gushu Puerh
Cultivar: Gushu (old arbor) Puerh
Harvested : Spring 1973 (during the Cultural Revolution. That's why it wasn't pressed in a tea factory).
Origin: Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
Process: raw, sun dried, loose. Stored in Hong Kong and then Taiwan.
These dry leaves have an orange hue. The color of the brew is very dark. Good transparency. The brewed leaves open up slowly.
Lots of camphor, old wood, incense and some storage scents. I don't go too much in detail about the scents. These are best experienced in a normal tea session with multiple brews.
Cooling taste on the tongue. Sweet with a hint of bitterness. Its taste coats the palate and the aftertaste is long and pleasant.
Price: The reference price for a puerh cake of the 1970s is 10,000 to 20,000 USD in auctions in HongKong and China. On a gram basis, this means 29 to 58 USD with the drawback that you have to purchase a full cake. With loose puerh, you have more flexibility in the amount you purchase AND the price is at a considerable discount!