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I bought some delicious tea on a recent trip, but now that I'm back in Kunming, I can't read the label.

Background: This is a Da Hong Pao 大红袍 oolong from Wuyi Mountain 武夷山 in Northwest Fujian. It's unusual in that it has been compressed into a cake 饼茶 similar to the way Pu'er is often done. Given proper storage conditions, this allows the tea to improve with time. This tea is about 15 years old.

I can read the type-written part of the label, it's just the hand-written smaller label above it that has me stumped.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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semantic nuance

might be 十年陳茶大紅袍. Read this link.

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abcdefg

Thanks, that seems to fit the story. Appreciate the link.

The 陈 here, if that's indeed what it is, would be similar to its use in 老陈醋. (The famous aged/mature vinegar of 山西.)

The tea merchant said the tea had been aged for several years before being pressed. I think the back label indicates it was pressed in 2006. This is an unusual process for an oolong. It was something of a special item, the pride of this particular firm.

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Bump.

Would anyone else used to reading such things be willing to take a shot at telling me what the handwritten label says?

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imron

I agree with semantic nuance.

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anonymoose

I agree with semantic nuance.

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abcdefg

Thank you all very much.

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imron

Just in case you were wondering about the specifics:

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abcdefg

Wow! That clinches it beyond any doubt. Appreciate your going to the trouble to clarify it.

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OneEye

OK, that settles it. Time to work on reading handwriting. Ouch.

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OneEye

It's nice, but the 行書 font is very readable for me. Do you have a 潦草書 font? :mrgreen:

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imron
The 陈 here, if that's indeed what it is, would be similar to its use in 老陈醋.

Also, just realised no-one had answered this question yet either. Yes, in this context 陈 means 'aged'/'matured', with 陈茶 being the opposite 新茶. The usage is also common for alcohol e.g. 陈酒.

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imron
Do you have a 潦草書 font?

No, but if you find a font you like and the website for the foundry that created it I can look at licensing it.

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#14 -- Regarding 陈, that's what I had figured. Glad to have it confirmed. Thanks again.

BTW, interesting Baidu article. That's the kind of long, educated-person sentences I wish I could write.

大多数茶类新茶口感和色泽都好于陈茶,大多数茶像绿茶、乌龙茶都是当年的新茶品质好,营养成分佳,隔年以后,因为光、热、水、气的作用,茶叶其中的一些酸 类、酯类、醇类物质以及氨基酸、维生素发生氧化或缩合,形成了其他不溶于水或易挥发的化合物,人们需要的茶叶有效成分却减少了,不仅口味受影响,营养也打 了折扣。但是像普洱茶、沱茶、六堡茶、黑茶等几种特别的茶叶例外,只要存放得当,反而是越陈品质越好。如绿茶那存放太久其营养成分也就受到了影响,保健作 用降低,只要能保证没发霉喝还是没问题。

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imron
This is a Da Hong Pao 大红袍 oolong

Coincidentally, I was also given some 大红袍 recently. Not in cake form though, but in a tin. I agree that it's a very nice tea.

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#17 --

Coincidentally, I was also given some 大红袍 recently. Not in cake form though, but in a tin. I agree that it's a very nice tea.

It is a very fine gift tea, not only because it tastes good, but because it's in limited supply and therefore kind of expensive. As you noted, it usually comes in tin as "loose leaf" tea. 散茶 This cake of aged 大红袍 is something I had not come across before. Brews up with a deep crimson color, and even when made strong it does not become bitter.

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realmayo

Is it easy to prise the leaves out of the 饼 without breaking them? Or are they all chopped up already?

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