~10 years old Dingxing puerh

I made an order recently through Taobao, and one of the cakes I got was this

A tea made by “Dingxing”, a long defunct tea maker from early this century.  Like many others at the time, some manufacturer saw it fit to use these old school names when making their own puerh.  There’s no clear vintage for this tea — I’m guessing around 10 years or thereabouts, plus or minus a few.  In some ways, that matters less than what it tastes like — as storage condition matter greatly, and as anyone can tell you, 10 years in Kunming is not the same as 10 years in Hong Kong.

You can see the paper is slightly worn and probably devoured by some bugs.  There are no obvious bugs in the cake, but there’s that smell of a wet storage room.  The cake itself isn’t really frosted

I didn’t use too much leaves.  The first two infusions there’s a distinct smell of wet storage, but in a slightly bad way.  The cake can use a little time to air out before another attempt.  The wet storage, however, goes away a bit, and what remains after the first few infusions is a nice, somewhat aged cup of tea.  It’s sweet, although some bitterness remain if you brew it longer.  Perfume smells.

And the wet leaves tell the rest of the story.

There are lots of duds on taobao, and I’ve bought a few.  This one is not too bad though.


~10 years old Dingxing puerh — 16 Comments

  1. The first thing I did after seeing this for sale at Nadacha was look for it on Taobao; I only found one for sale, going for marginally more than David was asking, however.



  2. I actually found this randomly while surfing Tao Bao, and said “hey, I think I’ve seen that wrapper before…”
    The sample I tried from Nada seemed to have a thinness to it, something that BBB also found. It did, however, have good flavors. I wonder how good flavored thin teas age…

    did you find thinness in this particular one?

  3. @Maitre_Tea – 

    Thinness — I guess you can say it’s a little thin. I need to try it again to give you a good answer. It’s not the best tea out there, which I think is clear. It’s not too bad for the price I paid though.

  4. I’m guessing that the wrapper, not just the company name, is a replica of the early-20th century cakes, what with the right-to-left writing. Any idea what the apparently Islamic logo is about? That’s certainly something you don’t see every day on a cha bing.

  5. Seems like a good deal – this is much less than the price I’ve seen it for in a couple of different places in Taiwan. I haven’t drunk this in a while, but I remember it being quite nice for a tea of that age.

  6. I took the plunge and bought one of these from Puerh Shop. Jim’s got a couple of interesting cakes in his “Aged Tea” section.

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