Jing Tea Shop in Guangzhou was kind enough to send me some pu-erh samples along with my order of several pu-erh beengs and bricks. One of the samples that they sent me is a 7gr compressed piece of 2000 Hai Wan Factory Gu Hua Cha, raw, from a 375gr beeng type pu-erh (see picture below, courtesy of Jing Tea Shop).
2000 Hai Wan Factory Gu Hua Cha Beeng
Dry appearance: dark colored small whole leaves with some red ones. Smell quite green, woody, and appealingly fresh. Seemed like it's been stored well.
Medium brown/red liquor. This is one of the more earthy and woody pu-erh. There is an aroma of wood, earth, camphor, and what I thought to be black forest mushrooms. In the mouth the coarse tannin is still present abundantly (of course, this being a relatively young pu-erh at this time), and the taste of the black mushrooms is quite persistent. A slight bitter note. I like it. It's a brooding and serious pu-erh. Medium length finish. It reminds me of some earthy, brooding and mushroomy pinot noirs.
===+/5 (good - very good)