debunix wrote:I think this is a puerh:
It brewed up in to a deep earthy liquor with a full-bodied mouthfeel and a spicy aftertaste, better than I guessed. Anyone able to shed any light on its likely origins?
It's Yunnan Pu'er, but sold through a HK shop called (I believe) 鸿昌泰 (hung4 coeng1 taai3 / hóng chāng tài). Historically, I am guessing this would have been done because of export restrictions, though that's obviously not the case now, so may be more a matter of name-recognition. This one has been around for a while. Did you get it in LA? I think I saw the same cake recently at Tak Shing Hong. It's not an expensive tea. The size of the original cake appears to be standard, based on the size printed on the label (340g).
A co-worker of mine had some tea with their label (zhongcha neifei, but with no wrapper. Her in-laws remembered getting it in Vancouver in the 60s, but from what I can tell, late 80s / early 90s seems more likely.http://teadrunk.org/post/1277/
has a picture of the one my friend's in-laws have.