OG Naka 2021 Raw Puer



Naka for the people. Our efforts in Naka this season were rewarded double when we found this tea. As tea from the region continues to rise in popularity, this one positions itself nicely as a high performing mid-tier tea.

This tea is a complete package, exhibiting typical Naka character: A pleasant fragrance and minerality that develops well with each brew, along with strong energy, good huigan, a full mouthfeel and of course that “yanyun” that Naka is known for.

Yanyun roughly refers to the qualities imparted on tea that grows in rocky terrain. This is most often associated with Wuyi Yancha, but the same qualities can be found in Naka. While the definition of Yanyun can be a bit difficult to pin down, it tends to relate mostly to the qualities of energy/chaqi, texture, sweetness and flavour/fragrance.

The material for this tea is younger qiaomu/arbour, which allows for a balance of quality and affordability. Technically this could be considered “huncai” (mixed picking), with some older trees mixed in, but we can’t rightly say how much, so let’s just leave it at “arbour”.

This tea offers a good opportunity for comparison with our Eminence old tree Naka. While they share many similarities, the older tree distinction highlights a smoother, more refined quality, while this tea maintains some rougher edges and astringency.

As with all of our teas for this season, we prioritized purchasing early spring material for this tea. However, we were only able to secure about half the amount we wanted to purchase for this tea. As such, we recommend picking this one up sooner, rather than later, should it end up on your wishlist.

Picking period: pre-March 27


Many of our samples for spring 2021 are in dragon ball form. While these balls will perform the same as the cake, they can be slightly trickier to brew. Here’s how we do it:

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Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

1 review for OG Naka 2021 Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Togo (verified owner)

    It’s a lovely tea that is true to the Naka terroir. You are paying for the name of course, but the price is reasonable I’d say.

    The dragon balls open fast and the rinse has a good depth with a bitter and mineral character (that is a recurring theme) and a hint of chard. Aroma in the gaiwan is sweet and flowery with notes of sugarcane, candy, and grass compost.

    First couple of steeps have medium body and a moderate bitterness with sweet, grassy and floral profile. It is complemented by flavours of sunflower, green olives and a touch of apricot. Around fourth infusion, the liquor becomes quite numbing and the bitterness intensifies. It’s kind of like a mix of bitter greans growing in high altitude, rocky environment.

    The aftertaste is very cooling with a mild sweetness, buttery texture, and a protracted sweet vegetal bite.

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