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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

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

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Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Forest Floor

8 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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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

Flavors: Mushrooms, Smoke, Sweet

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

Pretty gaiwan!


Padawan! ;}


Yay! Congrats on your first shou!


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


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

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


It’s great you had a good first experience!

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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 :)


Sounds great, i’m adding it too :-)

Cameron B.

Ooooooh sounds delicious. :o


let’s all get it :)


Sounds TEArific! Pesticide-free?


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

Thanks for the pesticide info LooseTman


You’re welcome.


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: ). 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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This is a very tasty ripe puerh. It has almost all the hallmarks of a Dayi save one. Neither the seal or the inner ticket glow green under the black light. I am wondering if Dragon Tea House has sold me a fake? Taste wise I rate this quite highly. However I still wonder, could it be a fake. I thought by 2011 all pricy Dayi bings glowed green under the blacklight. If anyone has this tea and tested it under the black light please let me know.

I brewed this six times in a 170ml Yixing Teapot with 9.5g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min. This tea was far from finished. I am sure I could have gotten at least six more steeps out of it but I had had enough caffeine.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 tsp 6 OZ / 170 ML

I’ve personally had good luck with DTH, but I have heard of them selling fakes in the past. I hope yours is genuine!

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Breaking this out after storing a few years. Time to see if the “hype” is up to par.
Double wrapper as stated in the vendor description, phase one pass.
Got 10 grams , easy gaiwan brewing for this one.
Leaf looks a bit “chopped” not the full leaf teas that I have drank lately.
Gave a quick rinse to wake things up. Quick steeps of about 5 seconds each. Poured into my 10 oz. mug. Nice color to be as young as it is.
Still a bit strong, a fair bit of smoke in it. Nice hit of tobacco and camphor. Gives a bit of a tongue buzz to it.
Still “burly” and young but quite a bit more stout and powerful than most other Dayi products of this age . Not for the faint of heart but for those punch me in the chops type of tea. Some light fruit notes and a touch of an in between bitter to sweet note.

Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Smoke, Sweet, Tobacco

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

heh nothing wrong with a little face punching puerh! :) sounds delightful haha


Yah I have enjoyed the “Smack to the choppers”.


Sometimes you crave some the strong ones!


5 more years should start to be a good tuo, still smoky but will have that color of scotch. I have a tong of 2005 Menghai tuos and they are pretty good now.


Cwyn you are a lucky one to have that tong. One day I will have some good aged stuff as well, I hope…

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The first steep, are also called to wake tea, after the injection of water, about 90 seconds, the tea soaked, Pour out the water, start the real begining.
The second steep, after the injection of water about 3 seconds(because I do not like the fermentation flavor, so brewing time is very short), Pour out the tea water,the soup has gold amer hue,and it has a hint of sweetness and a hint of fermented flavor. but sweet clear after tea swallow, throat very comfortable, there was a sweet taste in the mouth.
The third steep, after the injection of water about 5 seconds, Pour out the tea water,soup color is still red bright and transparent,the fermentation flavor is not obvious, but Huigan is still Obvious, tea flavor is very thick, mouth and throat have a sweet feeling, very comfortable.
The fourth steep, after the injection of water about 30 seconds, Pour out the tea water.May this time tea water is not boiling water, a low temperature, the liquid color declined a lot. But it is a pure sweet taste,it is what I like.
The fifth steep,the sixth steep……
soup color is more and more light, the taste is more and more light… ..

Flavors: Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Breaking this one out for tonight. Comparing with a “sample” from finepuerh. A good seller from Malaysia with seemingly good storage.
I got 10 grams off the cake (sorry grand-daughter I will get you another) into the “new” yixing I was gifted with from a great teafriend.
I gave a quick rinse and started brewing. This is a bit textured and complex. Notes are smoky, tannic, camphor,bitter and a touch salty. It has a nice full feeling in the mouth. A bit of sweetness rolls around the back of the tongue.
I am for sure a fan of Bada and Menghai mountain teas but I think my love of Mengsong is coming along. I have had some good Mengsong teas lately and am trying to expand into new territory. A nice golden hue on this one. It may be a bit too “smoky” for some but I think it has developed nicely. I look forward to trying this a bit down the road.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Salt, Smoke, Tannic

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

Sounds fantastic! Merry Christmas to you and your family !


Thanks and I wish that as well for you!


Happy holidays :)


Sounds good although for some reason I associate camphor flavor with ripe tea, Merry Christmas everyone.


Aren’t there several teas in that series, it seems to me that I have a “Peacock of something” tea.


Merry Christmas mrmo!


@AllanK there are 5 in this series. Bada,Mengsong, Nannuo,Menghai and Bulang if I remember correctly.
Merry Christmas to you all!

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I am having another nice session with this tea this afternoon. It’s supposed to be a bit on the higher end scale for Dayi – the cake is $56 at Dragon Tea House. This is definitely a smooth and creamy tea. It has nice notes of chocolate, caramel and has a pretty mellow energy. A little tobacco present in the finish right now. Tasty stuff but I am not thinking I will buy an entire cake.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I am back in San Francisco after a punishing hike in the East Bay hills that was pretty steep. Glad to be sitting on my bum now drinking tea!

So this was a sample I got from Dragon Tea House. My tea spending is definitely slowing down and it will probably slow down even further soon as my unemployment is set to expire next month… :(

This tea has a good reputation and I have really been enjoying my small sample. The full cake size of this is $56 on the Dragon Tea House website, which isn’t a bad price for an entire cake.

This tea doesn’t have much fermentation flavor, which is nice for a ripe puerh this young. After a quick rinse, my first steep was very light. After that I did several subsequent steeps around the 30 second mark. They were velvety and creamy. This has some nice chocolate notes and coffee notes but without any bitterness. It leaves you with a refreshing mouth feel that lingers after you’ve consumed the tea.

It might be a bit overpriced/overhyped but I found it very tasty. Really good as an after dinner experience and soothing.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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Huh, well this is an interesting tea. I’ve never had a bitter shou before, but there is definitely a good deal of bitterness here. Not astringency but more like a coffee-esque bitterness. Not quite as pleasant though. I tasted and then tossed the first two steeps (after 2 rinses) and by the third it was much more palatable. But not particularly special. Overall pretty weak bodied for a pu-erh and quite bland.
Happy to try it, but I’m glad it was a free sample.

Ugh. How many times is it going to take to save this note?

Flavors: Bitter

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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This is a tasty little shou – quite balanced and smooth with no astringency or fermentation smells or tastes. Typical of most Dayi products, it is composed of pieces and stems but there are several goldens to be found reflective of the raw material’s quality. Dark red tea soup. Flavor profile offers touches of honey, malt, chocolate and nuts blended together. The rich taste of the tea spreads throughout the mouth and leaves a nice aftertaste. Very good choice for an everyday ripe tea.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Another sample gift from “PUG”. Gaiwan, 2 rinses and rest 15 minutes. Nice and dark the steeps are. Aromas of peat, earth, slight smoke. The flavors however were not as complimentary as I thought they would be. Just very smooth, no harshness or astringency, but left me thinking I wanted more in the flavor department. It did however last the whole day and did not loose what flavor it had.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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A very decent Menghai Dayi ripe blend. Seemingly typical characteristics of the material used in mainstream Dayi cakes – solid compression; mix of whole leaves, pieces and stems; limited scent in dry leaves. Reported to be grade 3 leaf quality which seems to result in a more interesting and exciting flavor profile. The tea soup for this one is a reasonably clean deep burgundy color. Interesting mix of flavors during different stages of the tea session – camphor, leather, earth, cedar, biscuits, bread, citrus, cinnamon, pepper, cream with a gentle sweetness throughout. No fermentation flavors detected. Solid durability, therefore, good for many resteeps. This is a solid shou for everyday drinking!

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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revisiting this tea. I got it from a Steepster friend – thank you so much.
Last time i tried i wasnt sure what to expect. i was in the beginning of my pu journey.
This is solid shou pu. Strong, smooth, delicious. mrmopar suggested on Instagram that its deep, dark and delicious. i agree. from now on i would call it triple D.

8g 100ml 212F
rinse/pause/7/5/3/5/5/7/10/15/20 etc

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I have the 2010 version and I have enjoyed it :)


you need a sample of 2006 to compare :)


Ha – we can definitely swap if you want… :)


Coming your way :)

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Shou time of last night.
i start drinking shou every night. it soothes me and I sleep very well after drinking it. it just wraps you in a warm fuzzy blanket. this tea is no exception. Comfort tea.
The color is very bright and burgundy. clear, smooth, no funkiness ( not that i mind;)
For me it wasnt just like regular earthy taste. i find it quite rich, some wine flavors, spicies, cloves maybe. As I’m drinking now it has some minty cool notes and very sweet aftertaste.
Anyway, it was a great experience. thank you tea friend for letting me try this tea. i really appreciate it.

7g 100ml 212F
rinse*2/pause/5/5/7/7/10/15/20sec etc

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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Has this last week during the big snow, nothing like a shou when its snowing. Gift sample from “PUG”. What a well constructed tea this is from the dry to wet leaf, aromas, flavors, everything is consistent making for an enjoyably gong fu session. Stared out the window watching the wild turkeys gobble up the bird seed under the feeder as the snow piled up inch by inch. Flavors of cherry, fig, prune, forest leaves, smoky all good. Thickish in the mouth with a sweet good astringency. Need to get some more soon.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I’ve thought about getting this cake. I might just have to pull the trigger here and get one before they get too expensive!


You can still find them at good prices if you search. Beware of fakes though there are lots of Dayi fakes out there. more so in sheng but I have seen shou fakes as well.


OMG I can’t begin to think how I would know the difference. Is it the vendor you buy from online. I trust a few explicitly, YS, BT, Mandala a few. If it comes down to reading the wrapper I’m sunk.


They have a security seal on the newer ones. If you are ever in “doubt” send me the links before you buy.

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