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Distinguishing between fake and real 2009 Menghai 7572 901

Recently I had the experience of acquiring 42 pieces of fake 2009 Menghai Dayi 7572 901 ripe tea. The counterfeiters are getting better year after year, and have become so proficient that I believe some market participants will disagree that the photos below show a fake Dayi product.

FAKE


1. There is no dapiao 大票.

The big piece of paper telling you the manufacturer, name of the tea, often year, and other vital information of the tea in question that usually comes with a jian of tea. This time it is missing. :shock:

FAKE


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The Early 1990's Purple Sky Ripe Tea Cake - 8592(09 November 2008)

The Early 1990's Purple Sky Ripe Tea Cake - 8592(09 November 2008)




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During the tea meetings in October 2008 in Malaysia, Cloud discussed several Puerh tea issues with tea lovers. It is worth sharing these discussions over the Internet. Somebody asked, "What are the differences between the aged raw tea cakes and the aged ripe tea cakes?"

Cloud is of the view that in order to understand the differences, there must be personal appreciation experiences of both the aged raw tea cakes and the aged ripe tea cakes. Thus, Cloud chose the raw and the ripe tea cakes from the early 1990's for comparison. In relation to the raw tea cakes from the early 1990's, Cloud has already written two diaries:-


The Early 1990's Purple Sky Ripe Tea Cake - 8592



The trading code of the Purple Sky Ripe Tea Cake was 8592 which was the tea product specifically ordered by Nantian Trading Company, a Hong Kong trading company, in the early 1990's. In order to differentiate it from the similar wrapping raw tea product 8582, they requested a purple-red stamp to be stamped on the wrapper. The Chinese character of the stamp is equivalent to the English word "Sky" (天, "Tian"). Therefore, this cake is also known as Purple Sky Ripe Tea Cake.

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The Early 1990's 7542 withTrademark Ticket & Description Ticket(25 October 2008)

The Early 1990's 7542 with
Trademark Ticket & Description Ticket
(25 October 2008)





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Cloud has some purple clay jars for containing the chipped off daily used tea cakes. However, the purpose of using purple clay jars is not for the long term aging. Cloud may discuss this issue in the future tea diary. Generally speaking, the purple clay jars are used for containing the chipped off aged Puerh vintages which are ready for instant appreciation without further aging. Although the degree of air permeability of purple clay jars is low, there is still a little bit permeability which is suitable for gathering the tea flavor, aroma and Qi aging after breaking up the entire tea cake.

Purple Clay Jars are Suitable for Revitalization



The size of this purple clay jar is slightly larger for containing more than one tea cake. It can be filled up with one and a half chipped off tea cakes. However, it is unnecessary to fill up the entire jar because the remaining room between the tea chunks and the lid allows enough air for a little further aging or revitalization (Photo A1083). When you open the lid taking out some tea leaves for brewing, you will naturally stir the tea leaves up allowing some fresh air to go in at the same time. Do you notice that the tea chunks from the bottom of a tea jar are usually tastier than those you brewed in previous sessions even though they are from the same tea cake?


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Another Piece of 1970's Yellow Mark - Conscientious Prescription

Another Piece of 1970's Yellow Mark - Conscientious Prescription
(17 October 2008)




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It has been 2 months not having a tea session with Collector W since our last tea meeting, appreciating the 1970's Yellow Mark - Conscientious Prescription (See Cloud's Tea Diary: 2008-07-22 1970's Conscientious Prescription). The Conscientious Prescription last time we had was really great. Although Collector W has another piece of Conscientious Prescription, it seems that the aging condition of another piece was not too good (Photo A1011).

      
If Collector W finished the tea cakes one by one, Cloud was afraid that the appreciation value of the second one might not be as high as the first one. If that was the case, there would be no more great Conscientious Prescription (the previous one) to be blended with the second one in order to improve their flavor. Since Collector W has already decided to break up the second one in the near future, it would be fine to chip off a little piece from the second one for trial taste in order to ascertain its aging condition.  

      
By judging from the status of dry tea leaves (the tea cake itself), the degree of compression of the second piece is quite high (being too hard) although the storage condition is clean. However, by touching and feeling the tea cake, experienced Puerh tea connoisseurs might notice that the water contents absorbed by the tea cake (the second one) was a little bit higher than average (Photo A1011). Certainly, unless the dampness was excessive, the second one was still a good piece of drily stored aged tea cake aging for more than 30 years.

      
Other people joining the tea session could not wait for further moment. The second piece of Conscientious Prescription was chipped off (Photo A1012). The tea session began.

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Review of "late 80s" Menghai 7542

I brewed this tea several weeks ago, so the following review is based on memory and the somewhat sketchy notes I took at the time of brewing. I also wasn't able to take any pictures.

First, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed this tea. I had a 10g sample which I divided in half to brew 5g on two separate occasions. The first was by myself and so I was able to take rather detailed notes and the second was with a friend where I was able to relax and enjoy the tea with some fine conversation.

The color of the broth was not quite as dark as I was expecting, but was nonetheless an appealing honey amber hue. The broth was quite clear and free of sediment. The color darkened to a flame red, cinnabar hue with the second infusion and became even darker, close to scarlet, on the third.

The nose of the tea was pleasant with notes of honey and a faint smokiness. The post-infusion tea leaves gave off a sweet, slightly raisiny aroma.

The first thing I noted when tasting this pu'er was its clean, crisp, smoothness with a hint of subtle sweetness. The flavor was rather up-front, but in a pleasant way, exhibiting mildly smokey notes of dank bark and sweet tobacco. Every now and then I'd get an ever-so-faint hint of dark chocolate. The sweetness, while declining with each successive brew, continued to express itself rather well for multiple infusions.

Overall, a great tea-drinking experience. This tea is well-balanced, comfortable and smooth to sip.

My first review - [2006 : 大益7592 : 601批次 : 熟饼]

I decided to write a brief review of this '2006 Da Yi 7592 Shou (fermented) Bing.' It's one of only two drinkable puers I brought back with me from China, so I've been drinking it pretty consistently for the past month or so. Drinking it so much recently has probably given me a pretty skewed perspective of it, especially since I haven't had much else to compare it to, but I'll try to remain objective.

First, here's a couple photos:




(As you can see, there's only about 1/3 of this bing left)

So, how to describe this 2 yr. old shou bing? The first word that comes to mind for me is, "passable." In other words, it's nothing extraordinary, nor is there much to complain about.

The color of the broth for initial brewings is of a dark carob, almost coffee tone. When held up to light there are some nice medium red tints that come through. In subsequent brewings, the color of the broth lightens up nicely but still retains some leathery tones. In terms of clarity, it's definitely not as luminescent as would be desired and almost creeps into the 'too opaque' zone. I'd put it at about a 6.5/10 on the murkiness scale (10 being very murky).

This 普洱's bouquet is actually not bad, with mostly earthy notes accented by tinges of caramel.

My main complaints about this puer are that the flavor is a little too mellow and body is too light. The initial flavor is woody but is extremely toned-down and could definitely be a little more prominent. It leaves much to be desired. The tea comes through a little bit better in the aftertaste, exhibiting slightly stronger woody and faint molasses notes. While the flavor is not outstanding, it certainly isn't disagreeable. Again, I would describe it as "passable" or "drinkable." The 口感 (kou gan; mouth-sensation) is fairly smooth and agreeable, but isn't anything special.

The stimulating effect isn't too forceful and develops slowly over several brews. The right amount of pick-me-up while not being overwhelming.

As I said, I've been drinking this tea almost exclusively (in terms of puer that is... i still drink wulong, long jing, bi lo chun, etc.) for the past couple of months. It's treated me fairly well, actually. While I certainly long for higher quality aged sheng chas, this is a decent fairly-young shou cha for affordable daily drinking.

Overall score: 67/100

I hope you enjoyed reading this (my first!) review. Any feedback is welcome and appreciated! 

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The History & Story of Eighty-eight Raw Tea Cake 7542 (88 Qingbing)

[Recital]: Finally, Cloud translated it. This Internet article was written in Chinese on 28 November 2003 and revised on 1 March 2008. The revised text was translated into English in August 2008. The English translation primarily stuck to the original Chinese text. Some of the information mentioned in this article reflected the Puerh Tea market of 2003. Please note that some of the prices mentioned were not the current prices of the Eight-eight Raw Tea Cake 7542.




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Background


      
In 2003, Cloud noticed that there was a batch of perfectly dry stored tea cakes which had been carefully hoarded for many years being sold in one of the Hong Kong tea vendors' tea shop. That was the Eighty-eight Raw Tea Cake (88 Qingbing). It becomes a renowned tea in the market nowadays. At that time, in 2003, the selling price of such was only HK$672 (US$86) per tea cake after discount.

      
Because of its underestimated selling price in 2003 (please remember it had been already a tea cake aged for 15 years), Cloud wrote a Chinese Internet article and posted on 28 November 2003 at http://www.wwwart.com.tw/tea (unfortunately, major browsing functions of this website were closed on 18 May 2007, but still leaving the database online) titled "The History & Story of Eighty-eight Raw Tea Cake 7542" (click to view the original Chinese text recorded in 2003) to discuss this special and well stored tea cake.

      
Cloud recommended this tea to tea lovers and connoisseurs for their future consumption in the article. Cloud judged that it was the best purchasing price if tea lovers could spend less than HK$1,000 (US$128) per piece at that time. Now, it is the right time to make an update and review to this Internet article in relation to this special 7542.

      
In the early 2008, a disc of genuine Eighty-eight Raw Tea Cake (88 Qingbing) sold by the same tea vendor mentioned above is HK$12,000 (US$1,538). Cloud did not make any typo. It was really selling at US$1,538 per disc. In 2003, the list price of such was only HK$960 (US$123) per disc. There is a 12-fold increase of the selling price. What happened? Unbelievable! One may ask,


  • "What is the quality of Eighty-eight Raw Tea Cake (88 Qingbing)?"
  • "Is its quality absolutely fantastic and marvelous so that it is worth such price?"
  • "Is it worth for such outrageous price?"


      
Last year, Cloud had some new comments on this tea. By virtue of this opportunity, it is a good time to gather these comments in this updated article.

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Appreciating 1970's Yellow Mark - Conscientious Prescription (22 July 2008)



      
When tea connoisseurs refer to a good Puerh tea, a discussion on Masterpiece Puerh Vintages is a must, for example, the Red Mark Round Tea Cake and the Blue Mark Round Tea Cake, etc.. These are classic, good and well aged Puerh vintages well known to the market.

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In 2008, it is extremely hard to have a change to appreciate and enjoy a single brew of these teas because there may be only a few pieces still being hoarded by collectors. As collectors are also tea connoisseurs who have to drink well aged tea almost every day, their aged tea stocks decrease with time. The Chinese wisdom "Brewed One Vanished One" was always mentioned by senior collectors in the past. That means aged Puerh vintages are not renewable. The tea cake which you have brewed will vanish forever.
      
Fortunately, collectors love to brew fascinating tea with other collectors in order to share experiences and views on different Puerh vintages.
      
Cloud is lucky. Last year, a collector A treated Cloud the 1950's Red Mark. Yesterday, 21 July 2008 (Monday), a collector W treated Cloud and other collectors the 1970's Yellow Mark - Green Tea Character with Conscientious Prescription (hereinafter refers as "Conscientious Prescription"), which is a genuine early 1970's vintage for our appreciation. The dry storage one, which offers an ultimate appreciation enjoyment, is the representative tea of the Yellow Mark series.
      

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The drily stored Conscientious Prescription is so good that it is the successor of the Red Mark Round Tea Cake. Nowadays, the Red Mark becomes extremely rare and it is hard to locate one in the market. It will be a golden chance to have a nice taste of this tea if someone treats you the Conscientious Prescription today.
      
Yesterday, Cloud was late because Cloud had to finish the work before attending the tea meeting. Luckily, my lateness did not bother. Collectors were enjoying and discussing on some other teas. Then, collector W took out one of his collections for our appreciation, the gorgeous Conscientious Prescription</b>.

Nomenclature of Yellow Mark - Green Tea Character



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The Early 1990's 7542 After A Banquet (12 July 2008)

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(In order to save reading time, the introduction was not posted here. Please check the full edition from the
Cloud's Tea Diary.)


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The Tea Cake - Shiny, Beautiful & Attractive

Very quickly, this tea cake was located. Cloud was amazed that how fast it was. Normally speaking, it took some time to find out a specific tea cake because Cloud was unable to remember where it was put last time.

Anyway, I could not wait to open the wrapper. It was discovered that the
surface and the back of the tea cake transformed. It became more reddish than before but still shiny, beautiful and attractive. As this was a drily stored tea cake, it was free from white substance. The dry tea leaves had clear appearance. The aroma from the surface of the tea cake was a slight aged plum fragrance which was so attractive and made people feel fresh and good. Again, I could not wait to boil the water immediately before I chipped off a little piece for brewing. The timing would be perfect because the water was boiled right after I just finished chipping off the tea cake.

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