I guess your nei fei with Menghai character is the nei fei with name of Menghai factory. For 7542 before 2000, different style of Manghai factory nei fei, CNNP nei fei (with name of CNNP Yunnan Branch instead of name of Menghai factory) and CNNP nei fei without either name are all quite common, if there is a nei fei at all. In the collector's market, I would imagine the type with Menghai factory nei fei is the most expensive if other aspects are comparable between different products, with the exception of a few very famous products of different nei fei styles. If there were still a batch ticket for the product in discussion, it wouldn't have been of the same price. I think that's the key why some people think pre-2000 Dayi should be very expensive and some people don't think so.gasninja wrote:I would say the 98 7542 at life in a tea cup is probably not a menghai tea factory production. Given that every other menghai 7542 has a "Menghai" character on the neifi. I am not sure if the character means menghai but every other cnnp wrapper menghai has this character there. This cake has the zhong in its place. The cake does not look right either.
I would be very happy to be proven wrong in this. By a pic of this batch ticket stating that this was Menghai tea factory product. I am not unhappy with my purchase as I said I feel like given the quality of the sample that I tried the tea is was a fair value for the price. I did not feel that way with the cake from pu-erhshop.
I don't know much about evaluating cake shape or leaf outlook of older puerh, but I'm interested in hearing your comments on this.