95 Tasting Notes
So today I tried this famous tea from Menghai Dayi, one I’ve wanted to sample for quite a while. I think it has the reputation of being the best quality ripe pu erh by this factory. It certainly commands what seems to be an unreasonably high price. This 2012 version sells for about $90 right now, and the 2008 version is a whopping $130! That seems outlandish. But hey, maybe it’s that good?!
Well, it’s good, but not $90 good. It is quite smooth and rich, tasty, and is a high quality tea to be sure. No off flavors. But I’ve had others this good for quite a bit less. I’d pay maybe $40. These inflated prices are crazy.
I’ve wanted to try this one for a while. Thank you Steepster trading friend. This is supposedly one of the upper tier Dayi cakes. This one fetches $90 right now. My how prices have skyrocketed for some of these Dayi teas. Is it hype or is it that good? Hype. It’s really not bad, but far from the best dayi I’ve tasted. It basically is an average Dayi ripe, though it did not hold up that well. Not terribly interesting nor smooth, but good flavor. It is certainly fine, and would be a decent pick if it were, say, $30.
A nice fairly easy to drink young sheng. It brews a pale gold, the liquor is very nice, thick and hearty through numerous infusions. The flavor is good, basic, a little floral and sweet, but some sourness is pervasive. This is a nice quality tea, good but not great, and is priced fairly at $28.
This is an interesting tea. If you like Special Dark, you should give this one a try. It’s the same style. To me it tastes like a cross between a shu and a yunnan black. It’s got that golden bud shu flavor, coupled with some sweet notes typically found in yunnan black teas. Pretty smooth, though it is definitely somewhat bitter.