2007 CNNP "8891 Red Label" Raw Pu-erh

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Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Decayed wood, Floral, Grapefruit, Hay, Smoke, Stonefruits, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cranberry, Earth, Pear, Raisins, Wet Earth, Wood, Dried Fruit, Spices, Sawdust, Tobacco, Vegetal, Musty, Whiskey, Sweet, Chestnut, Mineral, Mushrooms, Nutmeg, Rose, Spinach, Caramel, Sweet, warm grass, Spicy, Dark Chocolate, Straw
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 19 oz / 559 ml

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  • “Overall not bad, but too smokey for my taste. The smokiness overpowered everything else for me. I am a pu noob, but I was surprised by how green this tasted for its age. YS says dry-wet guangdong,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is a fairly simple semi-aged tea with a warming cha qi and an earth/fruity profile. It has aromas of cranberry, smoke, decaying wood, wet earth, and autumn leaf pile. In the taste I could then...” Read full tasting note
    76
  • “Solid dry-storage sheng for the price. It has a sheng taste, on which there is elegant layers : ried fruit, spice, a bit of hay maybe ? Balanced and pleasant.” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “I really liked it. I didn’t notice the fruit referenced in these other reviews on here but the wood, hay, limited spice range, pronounced earthiness (like beets and potato skin), and good...” Read full tasting note

From Yunnan Sourcing

8891 Red Mark is one of two 8891’s released in 2007 by the China Tea Co (aka Zhong Cha/CNNP). The other 8891 is a brown label and is identical in all regards to the red label. We love confusing stuff like this. I tasted both side by side and could not tell them apart. I like red on pu-erh wrappers better!

Most importantly this tea is incredibly good tasting and has a very unique flavor profile. It’s been stored in Guangdong since 2007 in a dry-wet storage condition (wet stored but on the dry side of the wet storage spectrum). The raw material is from Nan Jian area of Yunnan which is technically part of Dali prefecture. I suspect the given the name “Da Li Cang Shan Xue Yin Yuan Cha” (Dali Town, Cang Mountain, Snow Mark Round Cake) and the font used that this was pressed for the CNNP company by the Nan Jian Tu Lin tea company. The material is fairly tippy, large leaf and obviously pure assamica. Not only that, but the raw material used is not from young plantation bushes as it’s quite burly and large in scale.

Compression is medium, not too tight at all and the leaves easily separate in layers from the cake. 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. I have a hard time putting words to this experience, but I find myself wanting to drink it again and again.

500 grams per cake

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19 tasting notes

Overall not bad, but too smokey for my taste. The smokiness overpowered everything else for me. I am a pu noob, but I was surprised by how green this tasted for its age. YS says dry-wet guangdong, so I guess that would explain it. Flavor was again smoke, musty/mushroomy wood, damp hay/barnyard, something savory/meaty, and some citrus or spicy fruit – maybe grapefruit. Mid steeps leaned towards darker fruits. Pleasant round mouthfeel. Slight tartness as it cooled. Satisfying returning sweetness. Not much here that I haven’t found elsewhere, but I will revisit it.

Flavors: Decayed wood, Floral, Grapefruit, Hay, Smoke, Stonefruits

Preparation
3 tsp 2 OZ / 45 ML

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76
526 tasting notes

This is a fairly simple semi-aged tea with a warming cha qi and an earth/fruity profile. It has aromas of cranberry, smoke, decaying wood, wet earth, and autumn leaf pile. In the taste I could then detect flavours of fermented pear, plant leaves, and geosmin; followed by a sweet drying aftertaste with a raisin note to it. The body is medium to light and the mouthfeel bubbly and throat-tingling.

Thanks for the sample derk! :)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cranberry, Decayed wood, Earth, Pear, Raisins, Smoke, Wet Earth, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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78
6 tasting notes

Solid dry-storage sheng for the price. It has a sheng taste, on which there is elegant layers : ried fruit, spice, a bit of hay maybe ? Balanced and pleasant.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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25 tasting notes

I really liked it. I didn’t notice the fruit referenced in these other reviews on here but the wood, hay, limited spice range, pronounced earthiness (like beets and potato skin), and good sweetness were all very pleasant, cleaner than that sounds. Some teas fade to become subtle at this age but this definitely didn’t, and it didn’t include any off storage-related flavors. It’s complex enough that I suspect my interpretation of it will change over a number of tastings, and intense enough that I’d expect over the coming years it will soften and deepen but won’t fade fast. As a limitation it wasn’t necessarily subtle or refined in character, but that still worked well for me. I reviewed it further here:

http://teaintheancientworld.blogspot.com/2019/04/2007-cnnp-8891-sheng-from-yunnan.html

HaChaChaCha

I enjoyed your write-up on your website..

john-in-siam

Thanks. I’ve tried this again since, without going through trying to make notes, and still liked it, but that earthiness really does stand out. Maybe it is a bit towards dirt from beets or potato skin; I can see why this wouldn’t work for everyone.

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5 tasting notes

A regular in my rotation. I break up the large pieces at the beginning of the week. My ratio is 1g/15ml and I rinse with just off boiling for 20sec. The smell of the wet leaves in the pot is very good. Sometimes I drink half the rinse. The drink is a clear, amber color and starts soft in contrast to the pungent aroma. The taste deepens towards the aroma in first five infusions but never tips over to roundness. Instead I get 苦乾 if I oversteep. “Objectively”, there isn’t anything after 10 infusions, but I go for 15 out of this tea. The first six are dynamic and then things calm down and become sweet. The leaf smell goes between sweet camphor/old wood, raisins/nuts, lots of other things too. Whatever. It’s amazing.

I react well to this tea and feel alert, grounded, and calm. On an empty stomach that alertness quickly becomes energy hard for me to control and things turn into a blur. Better to avoid that and always eat so we can work together. The last four infusions are soothing – they reinforce the earlier experience and I rehydrate. I always feel like it was a pretty good day’s work and am worn out just right.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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212 tasting notes

Brewed Western-style because I was lazy.

Smells smokey like whiskey, and a bit musty, but with a bright and fruity element too, like raisins.

Tastes really refreshing, light, and has a mineral note like the illusion of drinking fresh authentic mineral water (haha). Another nice feature is that this tea is lighter coloured and doesn’t stain my teeth. This tea has really grown on me and I might buy the full cake.

Increased rating to 86.

Flavors: Musty, Raisins, Whiskey

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85
38 tasting notes

Very nice semi-aged raw. Delicious. Very smooth, warming tea. Complex flavor with some tobacco aroma (hardly smoky though), but mainly a deep, satisfying sweetness. Nice lasting sensation. Clearly aged, though it has no wet-storage basement aromas whatsoever. When they sold out at YS, I was happy to buy one more on TaoBao, which tastes very similar to the one I got from YS.

Flavors: Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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30 tasting notes

Hey teaheads!

Ahhh I decided to pull this tea out for the first session in a while, and boy did this tea not disappoint. I blindly picked out this tea and made sure not to see the label until the third steep, and I could have never guessed that this was factory tea. It just tastes so good, just everything that I love in a raw puerh all in a really good daily drinker. This is one of the teas that I would actually consider purchasing a whole cake, as the price to enjoyment is hard to beat, and a tea that I can see myself enjoying long into the future.

mrmopar

This one is yummy! Good to see you hope the Holy Month was well tor you!

Youssef

Haha thanks! Raamadan was amazing this year, but I really did miss my morning tea.

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82
10 tasting notes

This has aged well. A nice amber to maroon tea that is mild and earthy sweet. The sweetness is very slight and more in the aroma of dried fruits a la prunes/raisins and dried rose petals. The most present part of the flavor is the Mushroom. This is blurred together with notes of wet earth and chestnuts. There is also something happening in the exhale that brings up memories of my favorite Salvadorian restaurant. Maybe Loroco? Everything blends together to feel like a great winter drink. I highly recommend wearing an old flannel shirt while drinking.

Flavors: Chestnut, Dried Fruit, Floral, Mineral, Mushrooms, Nutmeg, Rose, Spinach, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 5 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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8 tasting notes

First infusion i thing less than 10 seconds gave me an amazing experience. I thought that sheng can give u nothing but punch in the face either with its overwhelming richness or pungent astringency. This one was different. Rich yes, but not overwhelming, rather like soft pillow that surrounds your face when going to bed in tent during summer trip. Very sweet, i have found that sweetness similar to Heart of the old tree from Mandala Tea, its awesome tasting experience – especialy when u wait and see what happens on your tongue a while after drinking it. For me – pure raisins in carmel. Guess i might give up all the sweets and just drink that tea instead. Further infusions brough another dimmensions to the tea, rising the astringency – the longer brewing time, the more punchy it becomes.
It smells and tastes wonderfull, so nicely that i made full 1/2 liter cup of tea by mixing half of every infusion i was making (another half i was drinking to taste it) and got it by my bed so i could sip it whenever i wanted (didnt lasted long tho :)). Very nice sheng.

Flavors: Caramel, Raisins, Sweet, warm grass, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

A fantastic bargain with this tea. Perfect storage and good pricing too.

Yang-chu

Great review.

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