just for the new year, decided to pop one of the cakes that i had been keeping for the past 10 years.
6ftm company, they started making and selling teas in around 02 probably, and 03 was the first major launch of their different mountain series, including some limited edition special cakes etc. i kept quite a number of these cakes in 03, some of them are crap, some are ok and interesting. from 04-05 onwards 6ftm teas became crappier and crappier so i ceased collecting altogether.
it appears that the company lacked some proper equipment in 03, many of the cakes were not evenly pressed, i.e. hard and over compressed in the centre, soft and loose around the edges, and often lop sided! i can imagine someone attempting to balance on the rock pressing the cake, and when doing it fast.. its really slip shod. nevertheless it may eventually bring about different tastes within a cake! the more compressed parts aging slower than the looser edges. not too sure if that would be good or bad.
Pang Xie Jiao 2003' 6ftm. as usual, my typical pedantic matching of teawares to the era of the tea.
probably 1% pangxiejiao or less amongst the tea leaves, but it seems to have imparted an interesting characteristic to the tea cake. instead of mellowing significantly after 10 years like the other 6ftm JW cake that i have, the JW-PXJ tea cake was still quite energetic. in the brew the bitter edge of the PXJ could be tasted.. a little medicinal, but on the overall, good fragrance and energy. let see how it will taste in another 10 years time.