deadlysight wrote:It's certainly older than 2003, I also had the 2003 year brick, and it is much more greener.
If this tea brick is not from Menghai / Dayi, then where does it come from. It's quality is quite good, complete leaves show up after the steep, and certainly look very aged. What are the intention of faking a good tea.
Looks raw to me.
Storage, compression, and other factors can affect the taste and look of the brewed tea and tea leaves. It is possible your tea is from the 90s, but just because it seems more "aged" than a similar tea from 2003 does not necessarily
mean it's older. Based on the photos only, I wouldn't hazard a guess. Did you acquire it from a vendor who sold it as 90s tea, or from someone who has actually had the tea since the 90s?
I also can't comment on whether it's fake or not (and I certainly don't mean to suggest that I think this is fake tea) -- but there certainly is fake Dayi tea out there, and from what I've heard, plenty of it is not necessarily bad. As far as why you'd fake tea... well, the usual motive is profit - if you can convince someone that a tea (which might be good tea) is made by a famous producer, is a famous production, or is older than it is, you may be able to sell it for more money than it's "worth".
Anyway, someone with more detailed knowledge of Menghai / Dayi wrappers might be able to give you a ballpark age range for this tea, but chances are that a precise date would be hard to come up with.