1999 Big Green Ink "Jia Ji" Raw Pu-erh Tea CakeTaiwan Sourcing
In the concept of "Ink Grade" tea cake, there are two kinds of "Green Ink," one is "Grade A" (Jia Ji 甲級) and another one is "Grade B" (Yi Ji 乙級). These two grades did not indicate the one's quality is better than another, but was simply an indication of different batch of raw material at its time.
However, due to the naming effect, people often consider "Jia Ji / Grade A" as a better tea than "Grade B," so it was inevitable to see this reproduced version called "Grade A." This "Grade A" was made from clean Yi Wu material, making the whole cake having the powerful Yi Wu character after every brew.
*Please order a sample first (before ordering a whole cake) to try this tea. Some people will find the Taiwan storage too "wet" for their taste, others will love it.
Original Han Character: 甲級大綠印
Vintage: 1999 / 壹玖玖玖
Varietal: Assamica / 大叶种
Region: Yi Wu, Yunnan / 易武云南
Oxidation Level: 90% / 分之 玖拾
Storage History: Stored in Taiwan since 2000
So this was the first tea that brought an old dog into the world of aged Raw Pu-erh, and therefore this is a pretty unique tea to an old dog's tea journey.