How to identify the production year of Pu'er tea?

(Take the Chen Sheng Hao's Emperor Raw Pu'er tea cake from 2018 left and 2009 right as an example)

Identify the appearance of the tea

The appearance of the new tea is relatively fresh, usually dark green, with white cents on tea leaves. It has a fragrant, fresh and pleasant smell. After a long period of ageing, the appearance of the tea leaves is reddish-brown, and the white cents turn into tawny.

Identify the taste of tea

The taste experience of new tea and old tea is quite different. The colour of new tea soup is clear, yellow-green, with a fresh aroma and fresh taste. The old tea soup is a brownish yellow, and the older one reveals wine red (the older the year, the darker the colour), the taste is mellow, and the aroma is remarkable.

Taste of Emperor tea cake in 2018
Taste of Emperor tea cake in 2009

The colour of the soup is golden and translucent, soup aroma is clean; Enjoyable taste, bitter at the beginning but transform quickly; Aftertaste is strong and lasts for a long time; The leaf after steep is fat, oily.


The tea aroma is thick, the soup colour is brownish yellow and translucent; The fragrance is remarkable, the taste is mellow; Aftertaste is sweet; The leaf after steep is oily and free of impurities.



Identify the colour of the cover of tea cake

The packaging cover for tea cake has become stale over time, and the paper is slightly yellow. The identification of the production year can start from the ageing degree of the cover. However, this can only be used as a reference, not a decisive factor.

(Comparison between the leaves after steep, left 2018, right 2009)

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