Take a flight to the one of the Famous Tea Factories Yunnan, CNNP! Taste a curated selection of samples from CNNP Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cakes and develop an appreciation for the distinct aroma, flavor and mouthfeel of these amazing teas.
Pu-erh tea is made from Yunnan large-leaf varietal of Camellia Sinensis. It is typically processed into compressed cakes, bricks and tuos. Pu-erh is particularly special because it can be aged for decades or longer, always changing and (in most cases) developing more depth and texture. Ripe Pu-erh (熟茶) is fermented during a 40-50 day period under-going a mellowing process that changes the tea into something dark red-brown in color.
CNNP (中茶) : CNNP (China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import & Export company) was the original state-run enterprise that managed all of the major tea factories in Yunnan, including Menghai, Xiaguan, Kunming, among others. Most of these were privatized in the 1980s and 1990s, but CNNP runs under the label 'Chinatea' and still uses the original red and green '中茶' logo. This red and green logo is perhaps the longest-used logo in the Pu-erh tea world. Now it is said that CNNP is trying to make a comeback and are mostly focused on direct competition with the Menghai Tea Factory.
25 grams - 2003 CNNP "Da Huang Yin" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake
25 grams - 1999 CNNP "Old Tree" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick
25 grams - 2002 CNNP 7581 Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick
10 grams - 1996 CNNP "Green Mark Te Ji" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake
10 grams - 1990 CNNP "9016" Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea Tuo Cha