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15sec and rinse. /96ºC The leaves smell like sweet potatoes. (Dark amber colour)

15sec /94ºC No bitter. Smooth.Slight sweetness at the end. Forest/wood. Mid-low body. (really dark colour).

20sec. /90ºC Really slight bitter aftertaste. Remembers me like some wood or something simmilar. (really dark colour). No bitter. Earthy

20sec /97ºC Sweet. Less wood flavour. Still not bitter. Is not as strong as the 2 first brews. It has lost some body, now is lighter. In my opinion it has improved. Still not bitter. Earthy

20sec /92ºC The leaves still smell like sweet potatoes. lighter than the previous brew. Not bitter. Sweet. Earthy

30sec /85ºC The leaves lost the strong-medium sweet potatoes smell. Now is really soft. Still dark. Really light bitter aftertaste. Now its more like leather. It has lost the strong earthy-forest flavour and some sweetness.

I don’t know how to describe this brick. I like creamy, cocoa and sweet pu erhs, with no bitterness, but I enjoyed this one. It has some earth/forest/leather flavour, not too strong, but still not weak flavour. It also has some light earth flavour.

At the begining the weat leaves has a strong sweet potatoes smell that has lost in the last one.

The first steeps had a medium body, with some sweet aftertaste that has lost at the final steps, becoming a really light bitter aftertaste.

This has been the fisrt time I reviewed a tea while I was drinking it. It’s been a nice experience.

PS: I bought it in dragon tea house.

Flavors: Earth, Leather, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 75 ML
Kirkoneill1988

one of the best reviews i have ever seen :D

stock man

thanks! :)

I really enjoyed ‘the process’ of doing a review like that. It was the first time that I sat to write a review while I was drinking the tea.

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85

This is my everyday drinker. Really well balanced tea. I agree with the other review that say that this is a ‘diplomatic’ pu erh. If you want to start with ripe pu erh this is the best option to start.
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I have steep it twice today, with 5.35gr of leaves and boiling water in both steps as I’m starting to take notes about my teas to see how they change with time as I have bought during this year some pu erh to age.


7sec: It has some kind of sweetness, with a light astringent afterstaste. Mid body. I can’t identify any concrete note. It’s not complex, but just I can’t find any known note.


9sec: it’s more sweet, light body. The astringent aftertaste is now lighter than in the previous step. I still can’t find any concrete note. Really well balanced.

This is concerning me as I don’t know if it’s me or this tea has ‘no concrete notes’. Maybe someone with a better palate will find some notes but I can’t. I can only indentify sweetness and that astringent/really light bitter aftertaste.

I will continue tomorrow to see how it develops and if I can find any note.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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Woke up over an hour early before I need to head to work so what do I do… pu’erh session of course :)

12 steeps before I head to work. I’ll admit that being tired in the morning I don’t have a lot to say about the tea itself, but it was enjoyable and I feel quite awake. I suspect that once I sit in my chair at work I’ll become tired once again. The taste of this is pure, basic, and smooth.

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87

This is a strong and potent sheng. There were some slight notes of smoke at first, I’d say they dissipated after four steeps. athey were not strong. There was a mild astringency to the early steeps as well. While there was never a pronounced bitterness to this tea there were also no strong notes of apricots or stonefruits found in some sheng. Although some sweet notes did emerge around the ninth steep I don’t know what to call them. I think this is a cake designed for aging above all else. It is also expensive, Berylleb sells it for around $80 I think. While that is not too bad in price for premium sheng it is not cheap either. I could feel some qi from this tea but it was subdued at best. This was not a tea tremendously strong in cha qi. It did have a potent aftertaste to it. Strong and slightly bitter in nature.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.2g 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, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. The tea was not by any means weak at ten steepings. I suspect I would get at least five more out of this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Cwyn

I checked yesterday and it is $74 at Berylleb right now.

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Today, courtesy of a very kind Steepster friend, I brewed this highly-recommended Menghai shou Gongfu style: 10g / 3 oz. / 205 / 5-sec rinse / 20-min rest / four identical steeps combined into a tea mug / 5, 15, & 30-sec for a total of twelve 3-oz. infusions.

This ripe pu-erh is robust, dark, rich, and velvety smooth w/o any astringency or bitterness. There were no off-putting flavors or aromas of any kind. It’s invigorating enough for breakfast. I didn’t notice any cha qi. Additional infusions had the same enjoyable flavor profile and were nearly as rich using longer brewing times. I also tried a fourth round of infusions @ 60-sec. However, it was too light-bodied.

Impression: I agree with DigniTea & mrmopar that it’s an excellent affordable everyday shou. This is also an excellent choice for pu-erh beginners like us who enjoy full-bodied black tea.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
Brewed gongfu-style using a digital variable-temp electric kettle and a tempered 3 oz. Ru Kiln gaiwan: http://steepster.com/teaware/bonavita/39130-1-liter-variable-temperature-digital-electric-gooseneck-kettle
http://steepster.com/teaware/shanghaistory/67231-top-tianqing-ru-kiln-celadon-kinking-gaiwan-90ml-slash-3-dot-0oz
In lieu of a sharing pitcher & tea strainer, a tea mug http://steepster.com/teas/royal-albert/45581-old-country-roses-afternoontea-mugs with a http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket placed in the tea mug were used.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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Today, courtesy of a very kind Steepster friend, was our first experience with this highly-recommended Menghai shou.

Gongfu: 10g / 3 oz. / 212 / 5-sec rinse / 20-min rest / three 5-sec steeps combined into sharing pitcher.

This ripe pu-erh is robust, dark, rich, and velvety smooth w/o any astringency or bitterness. There were no off-putting flavors or aromas of any kind. It’s invigorating enough for breakfast. I didn’t notice any cha qi. Additional infusions with ~10 sec steeps had the same enjoyable flavor profile but were not as rich. A consistent richness may be possible for a larger number of infusions, if greater attention is given to the color of the liquor.

Initial impression: I agree with DigniTea & mrmopar that it’s an excellent affordable everyday shou. This is also an excellent choice for pu-erh beginners like us who enjoy full-bodied black tea.

I look forward to also trying DigniTea’s longer brewing times that “yields a syrupy cup”.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
Brewed gongfu-style using a digital variable-temp electric kettle and a tempered 3 oz. Ru Kiln gaiwan: http://steepster.com/teaware/bonavita/39130-1-liter-variable-temperature-digital-electric-gooseneck-kettle
http://steepster.com/teaware/shanghaistory/67231-top-tianqing-ru-kiln-celadon-kinking-gaiwan-90ml-slash-3-dot-0oz
In lieu of a sharing pitcher & tea strainer, a Noritake Bleufleur Creamer pitcher 11oz. (Japan): http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/m7U_-XkLDGw6vqi0oOJrD1g.jpg with a http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket placed in the pitcher were used.
Served in: http://steepster.com/teas/teavivre/39708-double-wall-glass-tea-cups

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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Rinsed quickly a couple times in cold water the night before so it would soften up a bit and brew more quickly the next morning. Rinsed a couple more times with boiling water before short steeps. Tastes rich with wood and a bit of a lingering sour note that disappeared later and became sweeter and softer like caramel.

I brewed this several times over a few days and when I thought it may be done I boiled it in a small pot of water as there were still lumps holding together. It was surprising how intense a brew I still got from this – a very giving tea.

Preparation
Boiling
mrmopar

I always get 15 or more steeps from these. Like you said they go forever.

caile

It was great, and I was glad I did the boiling!

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Another lovely sample I was given to try. :)
Interesting leaf, that even after numerous steeps over a couple days, still has clumps holding together and looks somewhat like decayed wood. Taste is very mild and creamy smooth though, and not particularly woody at all; perhaps just a bit of earthiness.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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I drank about 11 steepings of this and came to the conclusion that this is pu’erh… like, this is pu’erh. Basically it doesn’t stand out as amazing or terrible, it walks that middle road quite well like a supermarket doughnut; sure it’s not Krispee Kreme but it’s also not a Walmart doughnut (sorry if you like Walmart doughnuts… they seem to be really old around here because they sit around)

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Oh my…
I was drinking this last night at 11pm, stopped that session and started back up before work.

I was feeling this tea and got on Amazon to see that the Halo edition for the Xbox One is coming out in October… there goes $500 soon for just one game. Why? Simple, I love my brother a lot and this is something we would spend hours on and honestly as a teenager, his older brother (me) isn’t as cool as he once was… perception of a teenager, you know?
But hey, when I was a teenager everyone who was older than 18 was ancient and I wonder why they didn’t have kids and their own lawn to go mow… I was a mess though.

Cwyn

Heh one of the best memories I have with my son is him jacking my vehicle in Halo and tossing me out. I used to find that hysterically funny.

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Another tea recognized as a star in the Dayi shu lineup. This one is an appealing blend produced since 2005. For my taste preferences, this one lives up to the high expectations. Tight tea buds with golden tips are found throughout the cake. The leaf yields a bright, ruby red tea liquor with a sweet and bready aroma coming from the wet leaves. The taste is smooth, sweet and flavorful with a caramel overtone. I should note that I found this to be more of a low level sweetness which is fine with me. Rich and creamy with no bitterness and no unpleasant scent or taste. Lingering aftertaste. I quite enjoy this tea. Good longevity – I took it through two rinses and eight flavorful infusions before moving on to a sheng. There was pleasure to be had throughout the entire session.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Dayi knows shu puer and they usually do it very well. This tea is one of the staples in my shu tea cabinet -smooth, powerful and enduring. A distinctive, quality Dayi product. Always reliable and it is a fantastic everyday shu! Produced in small 150 gram cakes and very affordable. Rather complex flavor profile – wood, honey, vanilla, nuts, cream. I brew it heavy; it yields a syrupy cup; it lasts all day through many resteeps.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
looseTman

YUM! Pesticie-free or EUROFINS compliant?

tea123

Good review – ordered!

DigniTea

looseTman – I’ve not seen any comments to confirm this.

tea123 – I’m drinking this one again this morning. Hope you too enjoy it.

mrmopar

A good one for sure.

tea123

This suggests this is EUROFINS compliant – scroll to the near bottom.
http://m.alibaba.com/product/701770977/2011-Dayi-Wu-Zi-Deng-Ke/specifications.html

looseTman

tea123, Excellent news! Thanks!!

looseTman

150g cake Ordered!

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89

I believe the sample I have is from 2008
This is actually the first shu I have been able to drink all the way through.
I used 5 grams and did two 30 sec rinses.
I had some great advice to not inhale before I tasted. So I put this in a travel type mug so I couldn’t smell it at first. Lol It worked for me! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the taste. I tasted some mineral and lots of sweetness. Left an aftertaste of both
After several steeps the aroma was so much better. This 5 grams lasted me two days! Since it just kept giving I decided to steep and put in a mason jar to cool down and have it iced I enjoyed also. Some honey notes came out as it chilled.
I am a big fan of sheng. And I just maybe starting on the shu journey :)

Flavors: Honey, Mineral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

No notes yet. Add one?

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Forest Floor

Preparation
8 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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80

So, this is my first shou.. It’s super dark when brewed and has a smoky/mushroom flavor on the first few steeps, which gets sweeter as the session progresses. I got to try out my new gaiwan and take shou shots out of my tiny cups :P
Steeped very short for five steeps then extended slowly – I didn’t record the times, so I’m not sure. Overall, very nice shou and I’ll be able to get another session out of my sample :D
http://imgur.com/cQ3071O

Flavors: Mushrooms, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Marzipan

Pretty gaiwan!

mrmopar

Padawan! ;}

Tealizzy

Yay! Congrats on your first shou!

BezoomnyChaiVeck

As Daggerfall used to proudly state on the front of the box: “Prepare to experience your new obsession!”

Happy Pu’ing Kiebs, glad to hear you enjoyed it! :D

paxl13

@BezoomnyChaiVeck: yeah.. that’s a good catch phrase :)

Congratz on the first pu’ :D Pu is awesome :D

KiwiDelight

It’s great you had a good first experience!

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91

Thanks to a special tea friend for a sample of this one!

This is going on my YS shopping list! Really good rich creamy soft milk chocolatey shou…I like it very much :)

TheTeaFairy

Sounds great, i’m adding it too :-)

Cameron B.

Ooooooh sounds delicious. :o

TeaBrat

let’s all get it :)

looseTman

Sounds TEArific! Pesticide-free?

Stephanie

Gosh! I hope you guys end up liking it as much as I did :D

Thanks for the pesticide info LooseTman

looseTman

You’re welcome.

sansnipple

That pesticide testing is only for yunnan sourcing’s own brand puerh productions (made since fall 2013), not third party brands they sell. Teas that YS tested will list that fact on the tea page at the bottom of the description ( like this: http://yunnansourcing.com/en/2014/3064-2014-yunnan-sourcing-year-of-the-horse-menghai-ripe-pu-erh-tea-cake.html ). And given that Dayi is one of the largest factory producers of plantation grown puerh, it’s pretty likely to have at least a little pesticide residue, though probably not too dangerous levels.

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