OG Naka 2023 Raw Puer



The OG is back. This tea is a solid choice as any for those who want to experience true Naka. This mixed picking (mostly qiaomu/arbour, picked together with some nearby big trees) Naka sheng puer exemplifies everything there is to love about the region: a persistent fragrance and minerality, great huigan, strong energy, textured soup, and arguably even a “Yanyun” quality.

Much of the unique qualities of Naka, such as the above mentioned Yanyun, are believed to be due to the rocky nature of the landscape. This quality is often associated with Wuyi Yancha, and vaguely refers to the energy/chaqi, texture, fragrance and sweetness that can affect tea trees growing in rockier terrain. Aside from rocks, Naka is also known for the many large, flowering trees that grow amongst the tea trees, which may or may not contribute to its uniqueness.

This is one of those teas that we feel offers a value that can’t be beat, balancing quality and true-to-the-region character at comparatively affordable price. With an even denser flavour this year, this tea also offers strong ageing potential.

To explore the impact tree age and land selection can have on a tea, we recommend comparing this tea with this year’s Origin Naka.

Picking period: April 1-7


Many of our samples for spring 2023 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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5 reviews for OG Naka 2023 Raw Puer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wan Cheng Gu Hong (verified owner)

    Big on huigan and high in “gua bei” fragrance. It’s really sweet, and that sweetness sticks around for a long time. Even the later infusions keep that soft sweetness going.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wan Cheng Gu Hong (verified owner)

    Low-key on the nose but big on sweetness. This tea lingers in the best way, with a sweet aftertaste that just won’t quit. Minimal bitterness and astringency make it super easy to sip. 7.5/10

  3. 5 out of 5


    Excellent broth of vegetables and stone. Highly enjoyable with strong mineralic notes bouncing around the mouth. Cake worthy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris

    Nice energy & texture

    //Smell : Sugary (honey?), small meadow flowers, clean clothes, hay, vegetable broth
    //Texture: Tingling under the tongue, sparkling effect in the cheeks, thick and smooth texture
    //Taste : Sweet hay, wet rock, pleasant astringency, seaweed, broth, old library
    //Body sensation: Shaky hands, strong heat production, ENERGYYYY!

  5. 4 out of 5


    An almost-great daily drinker with floral-candy sweetness accompanied with fresh-green-tea vegetal notes. I’ve heard of “cotton candy” notes with raws, and this is the closest I’ve been to experiencing it (I think). After the initial steep, nothing really stands out besides a nice, deep huigan. The sweetness and bitterness are perfectly balanced—almost too perfectly—so that neither really shine through. I’d give it 4.5 stars if I could.

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