No, this is not a vintage pu erh. This is a 2007 Kunming tea factory ripe pu erh cake. I had purchased this cake in Hong Kong in 2008 at Sin Fook Tea house. The proprietor had told me that this was a new cake. As there was no manufacturing date on the wrapper, my guess would be this pu erh was most probably a 2007 or 2008.
I could break up the cake by hand. It just took me less than 5 minutes to break them up to small pieces and had the tea stored in my tea caddy.
After making a few brews of this tea, I recommend that more tea leaves be used when you brew this tea. This will increase the aroma factor to a more herbal like scent. What I like about this tea is that it has a calming effect after I had consumed 3-4 infusions of the tea. No, I did not felt like some tranquilized animal but it seemed the tea had given me a couple of seconds of bliss. Nice. I know this sounds weird or crazy, but to me, this is what drinking chinese tea is all about - it makes me happy......going through the whole tea making sequence and drinking the brew......even its just for a few minutes. Just like the little boy in the last pix.
Time to brew a a pot of tea.