2004 "Millenial Old Tree" Big Snow Mountain Mengku Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake
Brand: Wan Shun Hao
This is a 2004 pressing by the Wan Shun Hao brand, a small Mengku area producer. It's spring harvest tea from the Big Snow Mountain area of Mengku, and although the characters on the wrapper proclaim it as "Millenial Old Tree" (千年老树), it's most likely just tea from bushes or trees (not super old trees). The brewed tea leaves are large and burly, with big meaty stems, so it's most definitely a quality production.
Big Snow Mountain is a high altitude area that tops out at 2700 meters above sea level. The tea we used for this production is from an altitude of about 1800 meters on the southwest slope of Big Snow Mountain (west of Mengku town). Big Snow Mountain of Mengku although having the same name as the Yong De Big Snow Mountain area is in fact not the same and quite distinct.
The tea was stone pressed and then aged in Guangdong from 2004 until late 2017. It is well aged and the brownish tea leaves and reddish tea soup attest to that. It's a very smooth and full-bodied pu-erh with a lovely sweet and spicy taste and aroma. It can be infused many many times and is graceful from start to finish.
Incredible value in an aged raw pu-erh!
357 grams per cake
2004 Harvest and Pressing
** Some wrappers may be bug-bitten with little holes in the paper. There may also be some dust between the wrapper and the cake. Rinse tea once or twice briefly before drinking! If you are squeamish please don't order this tea!