Yunnan 2014 CNNP Green Mark Ripe Pu'erh
Dark (Pu'erh / Heicha)
This young ripe pu'erh tea is harvested from ancient trees in the Xishuangbanna Prefecture of Yunnan Province. Only the highest grade leaves are included in the brick and this is evident in the even distribution of tips. This is, perhaps, a testament to the tea manufacturer – CNNP (China National Native Produce) – creators of the famous 7542 recipe.
When infused, the bright red broth has a smooth and mellow quality with a mildly sweet flavour of orchid that lingers around the mouth. It's no surprise, then, this tea is known by the Chinese as Orchid Pu'erh. Orchid is cherished for its elegance and auspiciousness. It is also a fragrance that is present only in the highest quality pu'erh teas picked from the ancient tea trees. To best capture its orchid scent, multiple short infusions are suggested.
If stored correctly, this tea will improve with age.
Deep forest leaves after a rain storm with a sweet, persistent, penetrating presence through many, many steepings that root you in the earth.
Additional Information: CNNP (China National Native Produce) was the original state-run enterprise that managed all of the major tea factories in Yunnan, including Menghai, Xiaguan, Kunming, among others. Most of these were privatized in the 1980s and 1990s, but CNNP runs under the label 'Chinatea' and still uses the original red and green '中茶' logo. This red and green logo is perhaps the longest-used logo in the Pu'erh tea world. CNNP is trying to make a comeback and are mostly focused on direct competition with the Menghai Tea Factory.