Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer
Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer

Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer



Sometimes a name is enough. In this tea’s case, Naka is all that’s needed.

This tea packs a punch, with a very strong chaqi and body feeling. The fragrance and flavour are alluring, exhibiting a noticeable peach-like flavour and strong sweetness in the later steeps. There is also a strong cup scent left behind in the early brews.

While we’ll refrain from throwing around any tree age figures, we will say that this tea is made from very old and very large trees, of which all are numbered. This is reflected in the brewed tea, with a dense soup that is not necessarily loud up front, but exceptionally thick in the middle of the mouth. The huigan and aftertaste is also quite strong, causing a noticeable salivating sensation.

Much of the terrain around Naka is quite rocky, which is why tea from here is also said to possess “yanyun” – a term that vaguely refers to the appeal/effect/qualities that a rocky region imparts on tea from there, most often associated with Wuyi yancha. This group of qualities can include the chagi/energy, texture, taste and huigan/lingering fragrance. The exact translation of the term may be a bit elusive, but it’s safe to say tea from Naka enjoys the benefit of coming from a unique environment.

We recommend taking it slow and drinking this tea when you have the time and ability to focus. Drinking this tea is like having a conversation with a wise, old man. Take a short break midway through (6th or 7th brew) to appreciate the huigan and sensory aspects, as the tea will still have plenty to offer upon returning.

Artwork for this tea’s wrapper is courtesy of UK based textile designer and illustrator, Sofia Salazar, aka Hiedra. You should definitely check out her work and browse her shop, as well as follow her on Instagram.

This tea is available as a 100g cake, or 7g dragon balls sold individually or a pack of 3.


Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 16 × 16 × 1 cm

6 reviews for Naka 2018 Spring Raw Puer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marcin Kaleta (verified owner)

    Definitely quality material with smooth mouthfeel, balanced power and fruity taste. Smell of empty vessel is absolutely beautiful and this tea always gives me a lot of positive energy.
    4 stars as I’ve only had it in dragon ball form and I’m always struggling with brewing those, so for me it’s hit and miss when it comes outcome of brewing in this form. If you can afford and like me you are not big fan of dragon balls go for a cake.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Noam (verified owner)

    Shows a lot of signs of a high quality puer.
    I reduced a star because of a two things:
    -High price, especially for a tea that feels like it needs a year or two to be really enjoyable
    -Dragon balls are an awful way to sample a tea, if you don’t want to use it whole you’ll get breakage which alters the taste, and if you do brewing a ball requires you modify the brew which will give you different results.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    Surprisingly the leaves can easily be detached from the dragonball. Light floral clothes soap, summer, freshness – Splendid! The wet leaves remind me of leather bag in a library. Very comforting tea! Pleasant tingling on the tongue. Quick mouthcoating. Medium texture; like maple sirop. Feeling of awakeness. Juicy sensation in the mouth after the session!

  4. 5 out of 5

    DJPAS (verified owner)

    So thats a real special tea for me
    Its a well rounded taste, with smoothness, plums and floral but some baked goods
    I just open this one only at special occasions

  5. 5 out of 5

    hollywaxwing (verified owner)

    I understand why people are frustrated by the dragonball format of this tea, but my gongfu session with the dragonball was very positive. I had definitely never had young Naka of this quality before trying this and it blew me away! I don’t usually mention qi in tea write ups, but I’d recommend being attentive to the way this one makes you feel.

    I truly hope I can snag a cake before it’s gone for good. The wrapper design is one of my favorites Bitterleaf has ever produced. Won’t it be sad when these teas are literally out of reach of everyone’s budget :^(

  6. 5 out of 5

    rudi (verified owner)

    Brief (few seconds) steeps in 90 Celsius water.
    Liquor is a clear pale amber in color hue.
    Taste is fruity sweet, with a long finish.
    Mouthfeel is somewhat dry and sticky, encouraging salivation.
    Aftertaste is both floral and fruity, no astringency nor bitterness.
    Wet leaves are light olive green in coloring, giving off an aroma similar to green stone fruit and/or green apple.
    This tea withstands many infusions.

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