1988 Yuen Neun Hong Tai Chang Aged Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

Origin: Thailand
Harvest: 1988
Elevation: 1300 m
Trees' age: 200-500 y.o.
Availability: In Stock

The original old sheng from the famous brand Hong Tai Chang. Delivered directly from the warehouse of the factory, where it was produced and stored since 1988. It’s already more than 30-year-old pu-erh tea.

This sheng is made from old Thai trees of Chiang Rai province in north Thailand. The pu-erh was made exactly at the factory from which the brand Hong Tai Chang had started to walk around the world.

We are well aware of the Thai Pu-erh "kitchen" from the inside and are convinced that the traditions of Hong Tai Chang (and of course the original material from old trees) are owned by different pu-erh factories in Thailand. But these cakes are the ones that experts recognize as original and authentic Hong Tai Chang pu-erh’s.

On the international market of old tea, you can find HTC cakes from different years of Hong Kong wet and not very clean storage. As you can see from the photos, in these cakes from the 1988th year of Thai storage there is no mold plaque.

The taste is sharp and clear with the richest palette of hues of the wood-nut spectrum and the noble aroma of old age Chen Xiang (陈 香, Chén Xiāng). Infusion is smooth and easy to drink. Cha Qi is dense but delicate. The power of the material, amazing stamina, softness and density of the liquor gain endless respect for these samples of the classic puer tradition of Hong Tai Chang.

Please, pay attention.

Hong Tai Chang is one of the most frequently forged tea brands. It was very famous in its time...On Aliexpress and Taobao, you can find young tea under various covers of Hong Tai Chan. The description usually says it was produced in Yunnan. It can not be true.

The fact is, that even the brand is from Yunnan, it had been producing its tea from Thai trees and in Thailand. Yunnan material was used only at the very beginning, in the 30s, and then it was completely replaced with Thai one from old trees. Yunnan trademark and its office in Yibang was closed in 1949.

Only Thai tea manufactured under the brand Hong Tai Chang carries the spirit of that era, thanks to the original varieties of old trees and transmitted traditions.

30-year-old pu-erh tea Hong Tai Chang - Old pu-erh tea ceremony

Reviews (1)

This February i spend one week in Chian Rai in Don Mae Salong and visited almost all tea factories around. I didn't found any old tea trees. Local tea manufacturers said all "thai" puer teas come from Yunnan.

The answer to Nick:
Yep. You will never find any old tea trees in Mae Salong. This is an oolong place. Sometimes local oolong tea manufacturers don’t know nothing about Thai pu'erhs, but sometimes they just don’t want to talk about it, because it’s profitable for them to sell their oolongs and pu'erhs from China. This is the specifics of our region.
However, tea from the trees of Thailand and the Hong Tai Chang brand are an absolutely well-known fact among collectors and pu'erh people around the world. If you are really interested, read the articles in our blog and talk about this topic with any collector from Hong Kong for example (Hong Kong has always been the main customer of Thai pu'erhs). And thanks to masters from Hong Kong in Thailand there is a wet warehouse technology. You need to know northern Thailand very well to find such a tea and be very lucky guy. But do not try to look for answers in Mae Salong. Good luck! :)

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