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This is a relatively tasty ripe with a lot of fermentation flavor left. The main note of this tea is definitely earth. Don’t get me wrong there were a variety of sweet notes in there too but the fermentation taste was strong. I steeped this eight times and I am noticing fermentation in the eighth steep. I don’t feel it makes this a bad tea, just potent. This was very heavily compressed. It was very difficult to break off a chunk for brewing. I suspect that the rock solid compression has really slowed the aging of this tea. Luckily I don’t mind fermentation taste all that much. I am curious to see how this one ages. It is a different shape from most teas being a solid ball of tea. I think the traditional bing shape probably ages better than something like this. All that being said this is a Dayi and I generally find their teas to be high quality. I think the quality is there on this one too.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet
This is a tasty ripe puerh with a lot of fermentation flavor left. There was what some might find an unpleasant taste to the fermentation at first, not quite fishy but unpleasant. It doesn’t bother me but might bother some. It was initially sweet and thick in nature. After a couple of steeps I noticed some fleeting bitterness. This did not last. There are a lot of the notes that people refer to as chocolate. I say it like that because nothing but chocolate truly tastes like chocolate to me. This is the real deal Dayi. I checked the security seal with the black light and it glowed green just like it’s supposed to. This was an inexpensive Dayi at only around $16 or so. I steeped this eight times and think if I had wanted to continue I could have gotten quite a few more steeps out of it. The leaves were not done. I did use a lot of leaf.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. I was originally going to drink a different tea from 2004 but I opened it to find mold on it and am waiting for a response from Puerhshop. I do recommend this tea as a nice inexpensive shou but want to remind anyone thinking of buying it that it has a lot of fermentation flavor to it. I don’t mind that but some do.
Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Earth, Sweet
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.