1997 CNNP 7581 Recipe Ripe

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • “I really wanted to like this tea. Aged ripe is perhaps my favourite tea ever. Unfortunately it was not to be. I found it somehow hollow and uninteresting. Did not give up much and ran out of steam...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Surprisingly unusual complexity found in this brick. The tea highlights the beauty of the leaf in repeated brews with full body and strong fragrances. Bold and flavorful is the best way to...” Read full tasting note

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1997 CNNP 7581 Recipe Ripe 250g
The classic 7581 Ripe Pu-erh recipe from the original Kunming Tea Factory (aka CNNP). This is a 1997 production and is 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. There is a strong aged taste with camphor and even some slight smoke/tobacco taste in it. The tea has been aged in Kunming for 17 years! Very clean and high level of aroma!

Back side is dimpled and majority of back side is chopped and fannings. Backside of wrapper has round stamp 云南普洱茶叶昆明经营部 监制 which is concealed until wrapper is entirely open.

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I really wanted to like this tea. Aged ripe is perhaps my favourite tea ever. Unfortunately it was not to be. I found it somehow hollow and uninteresting. Did not give up much and ran out of steam rather quickly. Main tasting note was “smokey” and a bit musty (which you expect, but this was not complex musty)

Great colour etc, but the nose and taste were lacking.

mrmopar

You should try some Lao Cha sometime. Much sweeter and a great many infusions.

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Surprisingly unusual complexity found in this brick. The tea highlights the beauty of the leaf in repeated brews with full body and strong fragrances. Bold and flavorful is the best way to describe my overall impression of this tea. Clarity is found in the mahogany colored liquor. Built upon a base of musty wood as are many shu puerh but there is so much more here. Very smooth with a lovely berry sweetness. The taste of camphor is definitely found throughout the session and a light tangy citrus note comes forward in the 3rd or fourth infusion. There is clearly a bit of smoky tobacco in both the scent and taste but this subtle feature actually enriches the overall impact of the tea in a very positive way. (And I say that as one who is not particularly fond of smokiness in my teas.) The duration is on the shorter side with solid flavor throughout 6-7 infusions before thinning. Produced by the original Kunming Factory per Yunnan Sourcing. Carefully aged in the dry environment of Kunming. This is a wonderful example of a dry stored shu with nice age on it. Overall we have a sweet woody mouth feel with a mellow, sweet aftertaste that builds over a series of infusions. The flavor profile features notes of wet earth, wood, tobacco, berries, camphor and smoke all working together so very well. This blend is definitely done right and it is a very fine tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 OZ / 110 ML
jschergen

One of my favorites. Only real complaint is longevity.

DigniTea

I agree but those first few are something to behold!

jschergen

Yes. Very good stuff. I just had the 1999 Old Tree Ripe from them over the weekend. It has that camphor taste, but this tea is just much better!

I’ll have to try it again soon.

boychik

I love this one. So glad I bought it last year. I find dried persimmons in this shou

tea123

According to the website: ‘Back side is dimpled and majority of back side is chopped and fannings’. Can anyone comment on this?

DigniTea

tea123 – chopped and fannings?? I do not have any specific information to use in an answer; however, I did go back and look at the brick after reading your question. I see this tea as a high quality factory produced tea and as I find with so many factory teas, there are lots of bits and pieces (rather than whole leaves). It is the flavor profile that impresses and IMHO a factory tea brick worth owning and enjoying.

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