Menghai Tea Factory(Dragon teahouse Ebay)

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Recent Tasting Notes

I pulled this from the “pumidor” to check it’s progress.
I got 10 grams out and gave a quick rinse to wake it up. Brewed in the easy gaiwan, the color looks a bit darker than the first time. The color really came after the second steep. The bitterness in this is pretty strong. It kind of overwhelms the palate a bit and goes a bit to the slightly sweet after some time. This one is still growing and needs more time to mellow out a bit.
A re-taste in a year hopefully will show a bit more progress.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cwyn

Hang in there mr. M, I just drank something from your pumidor on Sunday that by comparison topped three other storages that day.

mrmopar

Yeah this one hasn’t had a year in there yet. I can normally see the changes after about a year.

Haveteawilltravel

Your Gaiwan is 300ml??

Cwyn

Yeah he’s a REAL tea drunk. As opposed to all the pretenders out there.

mrmopar

Nah my gaiwan with 3 brews equals about 10 oz. I normally do 3 brews to my western “tea drunk” cup! I need a big shot of it when I drink it.

Haveteawilltravel

okay so 100ml Gaiwan xD So you mix the steepings?

mrmopar

Yep, mix all 3 into one cup.

Haveteawilltravel

huh, never heard of that before :)

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Called the “Rhyme Aroma” tea or in an English translation as better with age. I think this one is a lighter fermented Dayi cake. It has a similar taste to the other ones but it has a light oak, caramel and an almost salty savory after taste. It is almost a “broth” taste similar to a soup stock. It really darkens on the second steep with wood and spiciness coming on a little stronger. Very nice and interesting so far. What I would call a “savory” shou cha. On note I have been brewing all the Dayi shou cha in the great mosaic teapot I got from (Joey) from the Tea Merchant. I really like this little pot for its great pouring (shameless plug I guess). Its a great little pot for a pretty good tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
looseTman

I’m glad you like the yixing clay pot.

JC

Nice! How do you feel towards ‘savory’ Shou? I’ve only had a few that fit this and I have to admit that at first it was between ‘meh’ and plain off putting.

Later, I was able to enjoy them more. I had a Ban Zhang ripe that was savory up front and I sort of kept it on the side, now I find that I sort of crave it from time to time.

mrmopar

loosetman, it’s a great pot! jc, I kind of liked the savory flavor. There was that hint of the broth but overall a pretty good tea. I think I might crave this on from time to time also.

JC

Cool! I think the issue is more of a ’I’m not used to this’ situation rather than it being bad. The same happened to me with a savory black tea, I was just there tasting it thinking was wrong with the tea.. it was just the tea was different than most teas I had tried.

mrmopar

It got really good and sweet on the second day.

JC

I felt like it got sweeter as well. Both the Puerh and black tea got sweeter after the second steep or so. Initially my problem was getting past that second steep. Now, sometimes miss it and go back to it.

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