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1974 HK Traditional Storage CNNP 7452 Ripe Pu Erh Tea (8g)

1974 HK Traditional Storage CNNP 7452 Ripe Pu Erh Tea (8g)

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Here's something you aren't going to find anywhere else: genuine 1974 CNNP 7452! This is a classic shou recipe and one of the earliest produced by the government of China to meet Hong Kong market demand. Obviously this forty-five-year-old tea comes with a corresponding price point! This is from the first year of production of the recipe. I am able to offer this tea as a loose tea offering, but I can also provide whole cakes on request if desired.

The dealer very kindly provided me with a sample of this tea when making a large purchase of the 1980 loose shou I also offer here on the site. I was provided with a nice chunk of bing to try (as you can see in the picture): I did not brew up the entire sample since it was around 12g.

After two rinses, the rinsed leaf smelled surprisingly clean, considering the age and storage. The liquor is extremely smooth and sweet. I would suggest brewing this tea in porcelain or hongni for the best experience: you don't want to miss any of the character this tea has to offer. 

The liquor was as smooth as water, sweet and clean. There is a mild petrichor-like storage note (I brewed this tea in Nixing, but the vendor offered me a cup that was brewed in hongni and I noticed even more pronounced sweetness in hongni). I was surprised by the woody notes in the liquor, along with camphor and a hint of oak. As with a lot of old pu erh, I noticed a pronounced calming effect. This type of calming effect can't be explained away as theanine, since aged pu erh doesn't contain any theanine!

I noticed the liquor made my mouth water as well, which was unexpected. I was also very surprised at how clean the liquor was as the session progressed: the storage over the years has been just right, since the tea has been aged beautifully. The liquor got progressively cleaner-tasting, and the sweetness was less prominent, but the woody character and calming effect persisted.

Even after all of these years, there was still a whisper of bitterness in the liquor, which I definitely didn't expect. The bottom of the second cup was bittersweet and provided me with surprising thickness, considering how incredibly smooth and slick the liquor was before I hit the bottom.

I noticed a significant body warming effect from the tea as well, but I'm not entirely sure that wasn't just from consuming lots of hot tea liquor (and this tea has incredible longevity for shou). As the session progressed, I noticed a ginseng-like note, which I don't normally get from pu erh, as well as hints of bitterness.

This is a lovely tea that I couldn't brew out on my own in one sitting. I highly recommend this tea to the ripe pu erh connoisseur!

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