1998 Menghai Factory - Red Mark Red Ribbon
The 1998 Red Mark Red Ribbon (勐海茶厂红中红丝带) is one of the most famous and high quality cakes produced by the Menghai factory in the late 1990s. It has a signature red ribbon embedded in the cake, and this particular batch has benefited from great storage in Taiwan with natural humidity. Liquor - cola colored with a reddish orange tinge. Aroma - sweet dates, medicinal, aged agar wood. Taste: Dates and goji berries, old leather, flavorful tannins, complex, with a sweetness that builds through the infusions. Mouthfeel - thick, full, some fine silt. Aftertaste - subtle, enticing throat & tongue coating huigan. Chaqi - very noticeable energetics, starting in upper chest like an inflating rising bubble, can get a little giddy. Spreads to the arms by end of session. Stamina - up to 10 infusions. A fantastic, rare find.
1998 Zhongcha 8582
Made in 1998, this 8582 recipe raw puer cake is just as good as contemporaries produced by the famous Menghai tea factory, but is available at a much lower price. A cake for drinkers, not just collectors. Aged in Taiwan, it is neither dry not wet but somewhere in between.
1998 Fuhai Factory
This is a fantastic aged sheng puerh, earthy but clean tasting, with a dark ruby liquor. Warehoused in Guangzhou, it has a strong aged taste, but without the over powering storage taste associated with traditional humid storage. We checked each cake to ensure it is mold free. However, as with all cakes from this era, there is a risk you may find a strand of hair, seed husk or other bonus items in your tea cake. Also, the thin paper wrappers are tattered, and the edges of the cake may be crumbling. But with 1990's cakes becoming more rare & appreciating in price, this is still a good value buy, from the well-regarded Fuhai factory. The recipe number is 7536.