Origin: Menghai Tea Factory, Xishuangbanna
Trees/Material: 7542 Recipe
Storage: Hong Kong 2000-2018 Natural, Taiwan 2018-2021 Natural, Guangzhou 2022- Natural.
This is the legendary 7542 recipe raw pu'er from The Menghai Tea Factory / CNNP. Unlike other productions sold in Mainland China, this lot produced for Yee On Tea of Hong Kong features a yellow oval with the recipe number and factory information near the bottom front of the wrapper.
These cakes were stored in Hong Kong between 2000-2018, and from 2018 in Nantou, Taiwan under natural storage conditions. The tea has a classic earthy aroma with some humidity from its storage but is otherwise very clean. This is one smooth tea, comforting, with balanced bitter and sweet notes. The factory pu'er from this period is believed to be of much higher quality than that produced during and after the pu'er boom that occurred a few years later. Some of the factory cakes from this earlier period are said to have even included premium gushu (ancient tree) material in the blends that would demand a much higher price today.