2005 CNNP "Nan Nuo Zheng Shan" Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Citrus, Honey, Nutty, Pine, Sap, Wood, Smoke, Apricot, Malt, Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Metallic, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 21 oz / 634 ml

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8 Tasting Notes View all

  • “Bitter and astringent with nothing very interesting to compensate. Leaves appear entirely unaged and green despite the 13 years on this now. Not really objectionable but there are plenty of better...” Read full tasting note
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  • “13 years in to this tea now. Smokiness that had been mentioned in reviews a few years back did not present itself to me in this tea. I also did not find this tea at all astringent. The sample I...” Read full tasting note
    76
  • “This poor sample has been languishing in my stash for many months, being part of the first sheng sample order I ever made. I don’t know why I didn’t get to it sooner, it just didn’t happen. ...” Read full tasting note
  • “5.5g in 120ml yixing 5sec infusions. Gifted by fellow Steepstarian. By about the fourth infusion, my heart was going pitter patter. The smoke seems to be at its height, whereas earlier infusions...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

Final year CNNP production. Old plantation tea from spring 2005 harvest was pressed into these potent tea cakes and dry aged in Kunming for 9 years! The tea itself brews up an aromatic bouquet of flowers, tobacco and camphor. Strong taste with pungent cha qi and very distinctive Nan Nuo taste and feeling.

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8 Tasting Notes

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14 tasting notes

Bitter and astringent with nothing very interesting to compensate. Leaves appear entirely unaged and green despite the 13 years on this now. Not really objectionable but there are plenty of better dry aged teas out there for the price Interesting scent of Kaffir lime when grandpa brewing the leftover leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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9 tasting notes

13 years in to this tea now. Smokiness that had been mentioned in reviews a few years back did not present itself to me in this tea. I also did not find this tea at all astringent. The sample I received was mostly form the binghole (I can’t even write that with a straight face). The wet leaf smelled reminiscent of pine forest. Smelling the lid of the gaiwan, I picked up pine and slight lemon/citrus. This tea was very fragrant and smooth. Bitterness quickly left after a few steeps. I would best describe the tea as mellow, and rich, with decent sweetness left over after swallowing. I found the tea to be quite nutty from the 4th steep on, reminding me of pine nuts. Might be worth trying again for those who had it a few years back. It could be that somehow this tea is right up my alley. I do very much enjoy Kunming storage, and being a desert dweller myself, dryer storage never phases me. Overall, I would say that this tea is a success, and I would eagerly await the flavor it may present in another five to ten years.

Flavors: Citrus, Honey, Nutty, Pine, Sap, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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486 tasting notes

This poor sample has been languishing in my stash for many months, being part of the first sheng sample order I ever made. I don’t know why I didn’t get to it sooner, it just didn’t happen. Unfortunately, its reward for such a long wait was sorry indeed. The dry leaf smelled moderately promising, not having any smoke or real weirdness. Unfortunately, after a rinse, the leaf had a barnyard aroma which reminded me far too much of manure. I was only able to drink two or three steeps partially before I gave up. It was just making me a little bit queasy. The flavors weren’t too bad – some bitterness, a bit of an earthy sweetness, and a slight metallic feel.

It might have gotten better for me if I had kept going and tried a little bit longer, but I really had no desire to do so. Barnyard notes aren’t always bad to me, but this one was just way too far to the ehm…rear end…of that scale.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
JC

That sucks :/ How long did you had that sample for? It may have spoiled in the baggie or may need a few weeks of air to get back in place. I had this happen to me with a sample that didn’t open for a few months, hopefully you can still save it!

mrmopar

I can send you a sample of what I have in the pumi so you can compare if you want.

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63 tasting notes

5.5g in 120ml yixing 5sec infusions. Gifted by fellow Steepstarian. By about the fourth infusion, my heart was going pitter patter. The smoke seems to be at its height, whereas earlier infusions just that “solid goodness” was the prevailing impression, reminiscent of the ‘13 LaomanE Bulang Special. This one gets much more bitter, with a greater tingle and attack on the tongue, both in the liquor and huigan. Didn’t pick up any metalic. Sweet fades to bitter in this one, with smoke playing the most prominent role. Great for cloudy, cooler days.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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661 tasting notes

I’ve had this one sitting in my pu-erh cupboard for awhile. I don’t know if I’ve ever had it before. So I chipped off 5 g and brewed it up.

At first this tea tasted great. A bit smokey, smooth, no bitterness & a light apricot taste to it. With further infusions , it lost the smokey flavor really quick. Bitterness started creeping in and a metallic taste that kept getting more pronounced each infusion. I just don’t like that metallic taste at all.

On the good side it does have a strong cha qi.

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90 tasting notes

Received sample from a friend. The dry storage on this is excellent, the tea has lost none of its original scent and flavor. Highly floral, still rather green. Brewed up about 7 grams.

Very sweet honey aftertaste, bitter edge but not terribly astringent.

I’m drinking this 10 years into the life of the leaf and it is in the process of changing from a young tea to a teenage tea. The tea is a dark yellow. In fact the tea is slightly cloudy and I smell and taste a malty ferment. The smoky char is also changing. This tea is in flux, which a good sign. I’d be pulling out this cake come summer and let it get full-on humidity.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
jschergen

Interesting. I had a couple sessions from this (straight from YS) and hated it. It made me feel ill. Curious if I was just wrong or if the storage on it is magic. You’re notes at least intrigue me enough to want to try it again..

Cwyn

I only drank one cup. It is just not yet in a drinkable state, but is coming along.

Z_LAMP

Think there’s any chance this tea has been compromised by pesticides or something of the like? I get the strongest cha qi from it I have from almost any tea, after only a few cups

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295 tasting notes

Breaking out a sample of this I got a while back. I read over the site to give a bit of “feel” to this one.
I got out about 9 grams of this to be brewed in the small Yixing yellow pot I was gifted with.
Leaf on this seems to be medium sized with a good bit of green color to it. I had expected
much darker with the age. Read a bit more on the site and Kunming storage. lots drier
than Malaysia or Hong Kong. A good point as I seem to like dry aged better.
I gave a quick rinse and went to steeping.
This tea is punchy in the first sip. A nice tingle with a touch of astringency to it.
The body of this is nice. Not overpowering but it has a strong presence.
Bitterness, a bit of ashiness are players in this but the almost metallic creeps up and turns very nice into sweetness. Floral notes are also in this one as well.
I think this is a tea to wrap around and set back and relax with.
A nice and engaging cup.
Gongfu in the Clay Pot.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Metallic, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
tea123

Sounds like a 75/100 to me.

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278 tasting notes

This was a sample from my dearest MzPriss! Thanks, pookie pie!

I like this one. It’s putting some pep in my morning. It’s pretty smooth, though it does have a little bite at the end.

I think it’s a pretty decent price for the quality and the age, too!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
MzPriss

I thought it was a pretty good deal and I like it as well. I call it Mork Pu

SarsyPie

Absolutely. It doesn’t quite seem like a 2005. I would have thought it would be less bitter, not that it was outrageous or anything.

jschergen

I was not a huge fan of this one. The storage must’ve been very dry. It could definitely use some more time to mellow out.

The pricetag is very good though, especially considering it is almost 10-years old.

SarsyPie

Yeah maybe it’s a late bloomer… Needs more time!!!

mrmopar

I agree on dry stored. It has a little bitter smoky bite to it. I like it with some bite.

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