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Bangwei 2006 Fall cake

January 2, 2007 · 4 Comments

While editing texts stuff like Xanga is ok, uploading pictures is still not really possible (too slow and unstable). So for now we have to do without pictures…

I tried the sample of Bangwei 2006 Fall cake that I received with the purchase of two Yiwu cakes from that guy on Sanzui. I have to say I really liked this tea, and thought it’s quite nice. There’s a robust aroma, with a hint of smoke, in the first few infusions, and the tea is not too astringent and also got a nice cooling feeling down the throat. The leaves are big, meaty, and soft. I gave up drinking before the tea gave out… around 10 infusions (I had to go somewhere). Even in the less than ideal setup of my home here, the tea tasted quite nice, so I can imagine if I were actually able to brew in a better environment, then the tea might taste even better.

It’s also selling at only about 2/3 the price of the Yiwu cakes, which makes this a little more attractive as well. I also think I need to diversify my holdings of tea. Right now, I have a disproportionate amount of stuff from Mengku for some reason (not all from the Shuangjiang Mengku factory). I also have some Yiwu, and a few other cakes, but in general, my holdings are pretty concentrated in a few areas. I should really branch out into some recipe cakes, and also some stuff from the “new” six mountains…

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4 responses so far ↓

  • Dharmavision // January 3, 2007 at 3:43 am | Reply

    ‘Tis OK.  You do such great descriptions that pictures aren’t really necessary.  They do make sharing in your tea experiences nice though.

    The cake sounds delightful.  I would love to try it, but unfortunately getting the exact Bangwei 2006 Fall cake is not really available that I can find.  What company distributes what you got? Shuangjiang Mengku Tea Co? The closest what I can obtain here in Oregon from the mountain (don’t think I’ve tried it yet) is Bangwei Zhuan Cha.   


    Any idea of a website for the stuff you purchased?  Thanks!

    Peace and Joy!


  • MarshalN // January 3, 2007 at 9:21 am | Reply

    I’m afraid it’s not purchasable in the States or anywhere out of China. It’s a small production cake. The price of one tin of that 1.75oz of tea is more than what I have to pay for the whole cake.

    If you really want, perhaps I can buy one for you.

  • teapotdiversions // January 9, 2007 at 2:49 am | Reply

    Hi Marshal

    Yeah, I figured that.  We are really limited as to access to such diverse selections of Pu-erh, other than at times when it can be purchased online.  That within itself is a gamble.  I do appreciate your offer, however.   I am somewhat new to Pu-erh.  I have taken some on occasion when I go tasting at new tea houses and do purchase it for home consumption–especially for tea parties.  It is always good for people to try, if they haven’t.  Having some of that of which you speak would be delightful.  If possible, I would love to purchase a small amount.  What would the cost be for a small amount, shipping included?

    Again, I appreciate your assistance with this.

    Peace and Joy to you!


  • MarshalN // January 9, 2007 at 12:06 pm | Reply

    So you have two xanga names?

    What is a small amount?  If small amount is a very small sample sized thing, I can send you the remaining bit of the cake I have left.  I’m buying two of them, so I can afford to send you some.

    If you want a whole cake… I can get an extra one for you.  It’s probably no more than $20 with shipping, but I’m not sure how much shipping is, exactly.

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