In 2012, we shipped a case of our Bulang Puer Tea directly from China to one of our friend’s warehouses in Malaysia. The rest of the tea, we shipped back to the UK and made available for sale.
Since moving to Malaysia, I’ve been meaning to collect this case from his warehouse and have just gotten around to it. The difference in the ageing is striking. Our UK stored cakes (2 years in the UK, 1 in Malaysia) are still quite green, with a high aroma and freshness in the taste. The Malaysian stored (3 years in Malaysia) cakes are already beginning to taste aged. It’s difficult to see in the pictures, but the taste is obviously very different. The greenness has gone, the leaves are a little browned. There’s very little aroma, but they’re thick, smooth and very nice to drink. It has given me a little extra confidence that our move was worthwhile!