2007 CNNP "8891 Red Label" Raw Pu-erh

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Sawdust, Tobacco, Vegetal, Sweet, Chestnut, Dried Fruit, Floral, Mineral, Mushrooms, Nutmeg, Rose, Spinach, Wet Earth, Caramel, Raisins, Sweet, warm grass, Earth, Hay, Spicy, Stonefruits, Straw
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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 30 oz / 880 ml

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  • “Aroma only came out after wetting the leaves. Smells like whisky: Tobacco, diesel fumes. Similar to the smokiness of Lapsang. But the flavour is very different, tastes clean, cleansing and...” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “My favorite aged raw. Simply delicious. Very smooth, warming tea. Complex flavor with some tobacco aroma (hardly smoky though), but mainly a deep, satisfying sweetness. Nice lasting sensation....” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
    89
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
    82

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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9 Tasting Notes

84
189 tasting notes

Aroma only came out after wetting the leaves. Smells like whisky: Tobacco, diesel fumes. Similar to the smokiness of Lapsang. But the flavour is very different, tastes clean, cleansing and refreshing with just a hint of whisky.

Second infusion most of the tobacco is gone, now it’s more of a funky savoury, vegetal, sawdust, slightly bitter-astringent flavour that is quite pleasant and drinkable. This mild tea would go well with all kinds of foods and sweets. This is the first raw pu er I’ve actually enjoyed drinking.

Rating: 84

Flavors: Sawdust, Tobacco, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling

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85
27 tasting notes

My favorite aged raw. Simply delicious. Very smooth, warming tea. Complex flavor with some tobacco aroma (hardly smoky though), but mainly a deep, satisfying sweetness. Nice lasting sensation. Well-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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89
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
7 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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90
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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85
42 tasting notes

Dry leaves smell rich and sticky sweet like dried fruits such as prunes, figs, and raisins. Wet leaf smell is that of hay and and earthy scents. This raw puerh had a relaxing effect on me. It can be mild, sweet and earthy with hay scent and taste and no bitterness and astringent qualities, or it can be pushed in longer steeps to produce a strong bitter tea with a tingling mouth feel, a spiciness that is not so much a flavor note as a feeling.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Earth, Hay, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 70 ML
mrmopar

Punches above its price point for sure.

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94
153 tasting notes

I’ve recommended this tea several times already. It’s simply a great buy. Very affordable and lots of depth of flavor. I don’t know if you are going to find a better deal out there, particularly if you are looking for tea with some age on it.

I noticed some Menghai characteristics in its flavor profile, notably some sharp and spicy herbal notes that, with age, have developed into some wonderful tobacco and fruit notes. The dry storage has preserved some youthful herbal notes that work wonderfully well with the aged flavors. Great personality on this one.

There is a lot of depth here. Great balance of flavors. And it’s $40 for 500g! Pick one up before I buy all the rest!
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Dry leaf: sweet pipe tobacco, stable, rich prune and dried dark fruit. In preheated vessel – some tart raspberry and spice notes arrive.

Smell: pipe tobacco, stable, rich prune and dried dark fruit, dried green herbal (sassafras, parsley), cola

Taste: pipe tobacco, stable, herbal (sassafras, parsley), prune, clove, allspice, raisin, lemongrass, coriander

mrmopar

An excellent tea. Good storage and fairly priced.

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92
97 tasting notes

Dry leaves smell of prunes and something spicy
Wet, the leaves smell heavily of sweet tobacco with a spicy/fruity backnote.

Steep/Time: Note
1/10s: Forgot this was a sheng. Should have started at 5-7 seconds. Man, that’s good! Sweet, smoky.. this is a hard one to describe. Maybe I’m just out of practice, LOL! Perhaps, hay or straw, with some mintiness on the tongue and perhaps a note of melon in the background. Awesome huigan too! Not much astringency noted in this steep.

2/10s: Much thicker body, very sweet, great huigan. Same flavor profile, just bigger, more open. Really, really good tea. Another that makes me dread going to look for price and availability, because I know I’d happily buy a full cake or three.

3/15s: What a remarkable tea. Seems to have some nice qi building.

4/15s: Consistent flavor profile. Very relaxing qi. :) Sort of relaxed

5/17s: Same.

6/??s: Got distracted by work and probably let this steep at least 5 minutes. Gave it a taste just to see if there was any bitterness or astringency if pushed too far. There is. LOL!
Cut with 80-90mL of water. Back to the usual profile, though a bit more crips in the finish. The cha qi is pretty damn strong now though. It’ll be interesting to see how I feel at the end of 300mL or so. Wow! The cha qi has my head light and slightly swimming, but my focus is on sharp!

Ok, this tea was legitimately so good that I stopped taking notes and drank like I was a true tea addict. I have to have hit at least 15 – 17 steepings and then I added a few grams of TeJi Shou pour and got a few more pots of something even more amazing in that the sweets of the previous leaves that develops in the latter steeps blending beautifully with a touch of shou. Not only that, but the cha qi just kept going! Awesome! Someone should buy this as a birthday gift for me, LOL!

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Stonefruits, Straw, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 11 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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97
2 tasting notes

I let this sit out in the open air for two days after receiving. Just threw 6 grams in a gaiwan and wow! This is a really great tea. This is like a nectar. it reminds me of a 1985 Krug champagne that I had once. Beautiful crystal clear spring honey colored soup. Deep and complex notes of dried tropical fruits and exotic spice. Sweetness is there but not too sweet. The flavors are complex but harmonious, balanced and elegant. I am so excited that I bought this cake. I know it will just keep getting better as it acclimates to my house and continues to age. I will add another review or two on this one in the future. I will also be buying another one for sure because I won’t be able to stay out of this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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