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1999 "8582"
1999 "8582"
1999 "8582"
1999 "8582"

1999 "8582"

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In the late 1990s the internal recipe codes of the largest puerh factory, Menghai, became public knowledge and many of the new smaller factories that were open wanted to try their hand at making these famous recipes of old. These generic recipe cakes are now very affordable and clean, as there were little to no agrochemicals in Yunnan in the late 1990s.
The factory codes are broken into three parts. The "85" is the year the recipe began (not this cake but the blend); the "8" is the average leaf size (1 to 9, so rather large in this case); and the "2" represents Menghai factory (there weren't many factories in those days, so single digits would do.
8582 is a large-leaf recipe with material from older trees. It is bold and bright, beautiful and strong. The storage on this cake is clean and nice. It can be aged further or enjoyed now. It is a magnificent example of a 8582. 

357 grams