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Recent Tasting Notes
Be careful about brewing this one too strong because when it is brewed strong it comes out as a soso disappointment for a Dayi ripe puerh. When brewed lighter it produces a much better and enjoyable brew that has a light smooth mouth feel with a bit of maltiness in the mellow background. A good Dayi puerh overall but not the best, so keep in mind just because a puerh cake is a commemorative cake does not mean that it will be better quality than a standard one. It might just cost more because it is a special limited edition cake with a special wrapper around it.
The leaves are fine with some golden tips which are not only on the outer layer of the cake but mixed in throughout the entire cake. When brewed it yields a very nice medium strength shu puerh with a nice clean taste without any musty earthy aroma or flavors present. The brew has a nice mellow taste with a pleasant slightly smooth edge and the expected “Menghai scent” taste associated with good Menghai ripe puerh. The second infusion got away from me and ended up a bit stronger than I usually brew my puerh but luckily Adorned in Red is a very forgiving tea which took on a slight maltiness to the brew but not one that was overwhelming enough to destroy the smooth mellowness experienced in the first round. The third round I paid better attention to the brewing times and was just like the third round and for the fourth round I went for a long brew to finish off the leaves and successfully squeeze out one more yummy round of ripe puerh.