This is a 1990 release from the Kunming Tea Factory of the classic "73 Brick". The "73 brick" is the first ripe pu-erh released by CNNP. Ripe Pu-erh "wo dui" (wet piling) process was first widely undertaking in the early 1970's in Yunnan to "fast-age" pu-erh tea making it less bitter and astringent, thereby making it more palatable and accessible.
This has been aged for 19 years in a dry Guangdong storage condition. This is a lovely mature ripe tea with a camphor spiciness and a crisp chocolate bitter sweet after-taste. A totally unique experience and sure to be worthwhile for those who enjoy well aged ripe tea.
Big Yellow Mark (lit. Da Huang Yin) is a CNNP labelled tea from a small producer in Menghai. The tea is a blend of Nan Nuo and Bu Lang Mountain Spring 2005 tea. The tea has been stored in a "dry Guangdong" condition for 12 years and has developed a nice aged feel to it.
The wet piling (fermentation) level is medium, and the leaf grade is somewhat coarse with leaves ranging from grade 7 to Zao Xiang. "Zao Xiang" is a coarse large leaf pick that has been wet piled to soften it. With age these teas take on a Jujube aroma (Zao Xiang 枣香 means Jujube Aroma).
This is a 1998 in original packaging tea bags produced under the Lucky Brand for CNNP group in Kunming by the Yiliang #1 Tea Factory outside of Kunming. Although this is tea bag tea made from fannings it nonetheless comes from a good source and has been aged almost 20 years.
A CNNP branded production pressed into an iron cake. The cake is a blend of materials from Menghai area, but the exact recipe or blend is not known. The tea was stored in Shanghai from 2003 until 2016. 13 years in relatively hot and humid Shanghai has given this cake a nice aged feeling despite being an iron cake).
Menghai Tea Factory's very first wet piling master Lu Yin oversaw the the production of this tea under the auspices of state owned tea factory (CNNP). It's called the 8 Character Zhong (八中) Green Mark (绿印) because 8 Zhong Characters are in a circle around the Green Cha character 茶.
The tea brews up an orange-red tea soup with a pungent aroma of flowers, mushrooms and earth. The taste is clean with no musty wet storage notes, but does have some some earthy notes. There is a kind of pronounced spice and cloves taste and aroma with a strong viscous sweetness throughout.
Aged for 26 years in Kunming dry storage this classic Kunming Tea Factory product is the oldest Ripe Pu-erh we've ever sold. 9016 recipe was first introduced in 1990 (ours offered here is the first batch produced ever).
The classic 7581 Ripe Pu-erh recipe from Kunming Tea Factory (aka CNNP). This is a 2007 production comprised entirely of fermented Menghai area large leaf varietal Pu-erh. The brewed tea is sweet and smooth. The color of the tea liquor is deep red wine hue. A very enjoyable tea with just the right amount of aging.
Final year CNNP production. Old plantation tea from spring 2005 harvest was pressed into these potent tea cakes and dry aged in Kunming for 9 years! The tea itself brews up an aromatic bouquet of flowers, tobacco and camphor. Strong taste with pungent cha qi and very distinctive Nan Nuo taste and feeling.
Produced by Kunming tea factory and dry-stored in Kunming! The brewed tea is sweet and smooth. The color of the tea liquor is deep red wine hue. A very enjoyable tea with just the right amount of aging.
This tea was fermented in 2001, but was packed in 2004. Date on packaging is 2001 and reflects the end of the fermentation batch. The Y562 is Grade 1 ripe leaves and has a slightly sweeter lighter taste than the 2002 Y671 Grade 3.
This tea was fermented in 2002, but was packed in 2004. Date on packaging is 2002 and reflects the end of the fermentation batch. The Y671 is Grade 3 ripe leaves and is heavier and stronger taste than the 2003 Y562.
A special CNNP for Malaysia export ripe tea cake. Pressed entirely from 1st grade, Te Ji and broken Gong Ting grade Menghai area ripe tea. This tea cake features old green mark on old style pin-stripe offset paper. Sample available!