This raw Puer brick is not for the faint of heart. Let's just get this out of the way; If you are afraid of bits of random debris, unsightly leaves, unverifiable information, and generally unattractive leaves, this tea is not for you.
If you haven't been scared off, this is an excellent tea with a lot of age and an incredibly reasonable price. At the time this brick was made, huangpian [larger leaves] were viewed as undesirable, hence the shabby treatment this brick received. The tea is sweet and smooth, with an aged touch of medicinal flavors and wood. This is a great tea to brew gongfu style for a smooth aged treat.
The wrapper says "Yiwu Zhengshan" [yiwu mountain], as well as 250g, neither of which are necessarily accurate. Each tea brick is roughly 200 grams of tea of unknown origin. The exact age is just an estimation. This is not a zhongcha official production. However, at this bargain price, the tea will quickly assure you that none of those mysteries are particularly relevant. The tea is great.
This Yiwu tea is made from 2009 Yiwu material, pressed and then stored in Guangzhou natural conditions soon after pressing. It is just nearing middle aged character, with a lingering sweetness and strong presence. The tea is already fairly smooth for those who prefer to enjoy it now, but would also benefit from long term aging.
The wrapper says "Yiwu Gushu" [old arbor tea] among other claims, all of which should be taken with a grain of salt. (Actual Yiwu Gushu would add a zero to this price) However, the tea is a very well priced quality tea for those looking to drink middle aged Yiwu or seeking to build a collection. A tong of this tea is quite affordable to put away for the years to come.
We have never been so confused by the wrapper of a cake in relation to its material. The label boasts that the puer cake is:
Xishuangbanna (and from Menghai)
Made for Export
Of that long list of claims, we can verify that exactly zero of those things are 100% true. However, the tea is good and that is all that we care about. The tea is sweet, soft, smooth, and an excellent daily drinker - it resembles Yiwu character more closely than typical Menghai character. For around $50, this over ten year old tea with clean storage is a great value.
A gushu [old arbor] Yiwu blend. Thick body, sweet, fragrant in the soup, with a lasting and complex finish. Fifteen steeps is not a problem. Some sessions lasted in excess of twenty steeps.
This tier of tea rarely sees the light of day in the open market.