This tea cake was produced by the Hua Yuan tea factory in Kunming in 1999. Hua Yuan tea factory was absorbed by CNNP (Kunming Tea Factory in late 2000.
A rare production made from very slightly fermented spring 1999 material. Half fermented tea is "wo dui" (wet piling) fermentation achieved in just 15 to 20 days, whereas normal ripe fermentation is achieved in 45 days. In the case of this cake the fermentation period is even less, perhaps just 7 to 10 days, making this even more unique. There also appears to be a tiny quantity (less than 5%) of fully ripened leaves mixed in with the raw leaves!
Half fermented teas are not suitable for drinking until at least 5 years of age and optimally at 10+ years.
This 357 gram cake was stored in Shanghai for 14 years where it underwent relatively fast post-fermentation (aging). The taste is much like that of a 20+ year raw pu-erh. Very clean and complex taste!
357 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo tong)