2007 CNNP “8891 Red Label” Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake Review

Today I am reviewing an 2007 CNNP 8891 Red Label Pu-erh Tea Cake.

Tea Specifications

Brand: CNNP
Vintage: Spring, 2007
Origin: Nan Jian, Yunnan, China


I brewed this tea in a small Yixing teapot using standard bottled water.

First Steep

Steeped for 15 seconds.

I probably should of kept to my typical 20 second brewing time, but I opted for 15 seconds this time, and it resulted in a very light tasting tea.

I honestly can’t taste that much on this steep.

Light floral notes, but not much else.

Second Steep

Steeped for 20 seconds.

Light floral notes, light wood notes, and a bit of raisin.

Still extremely light tasting for an aged pu-erh tea.

Third Steep

Steeped for 25 seconds.

A clean tasting aged tea note has shown itself.

Very smooth, not bitter at all.

Just not much flavor here.

Flavor notes: Flowers, earth, spice, raisins, minerals, but weak in flavor.

Fourth Steep

Steeped for 30 seconds.

It does begin tasting more like a classic puer tea here, but unfortunately, it’s still brewing a little weak, and I prefer a stronger tasting cup of tea.

This tea could probably continue to brew for several more steeps, but the tea seems to brew rather slowly.

The compression of the tea cake doesn’t seem quite right.

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