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drank 2006 Dayi 7572 by PuerhShop.com
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I was sifting through my sample basket and found this one! I used it up today. This is very different from the puerh that I had reviewed the day before. This one is deeper and more complex. This one was not very loose so I had to rinse it out a little. The dry leaf smells very earthy and dark, which is interesting and good to me! The first steep was a light-medium brown, and the taste was very light and slightly earthy and mulchy and mushroom-like (I could not have thought of this until I read toadman’s review, which is spot on!). I love how it became darker, thicker, and deeper in flavor and texture as I moved along with the steeps. I steeped this only 3 times, so I cannot say how it is after that. The flavor is bolder and earthy and almost like iron. There is only a slight astringency and small amount of bite after each sip, which is surprising for a tea this thick and strong! Delicious tea!

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I don’t know why I keep writing tasting notes for pu-erh if they are always so darn tough for me to describe. They are just… pu-erh… pu-erh is pu-erh. Mainly, I guess I’m giving them a number rating so I remember how much I liked them. This is a very nice pu-erh, loose this time. It even has some hint of extra flavor but could I tell you what that is? No. Just another level of flavor. There isn’t any of that hint of pond though, so if that is what scares you from pu-erh, this would be a good one to try. The flavor is dark enough, but not darker than the darkest pu-erh. No bitterness with this one. I was worried with it already being loose and didn’t need to unravel that it might be bitter. Nope. I’m very glad I bought it.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // rinse // few minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 or 3 min? Don’t remember

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Yixing pot (150 ml) with a couple chunks of tea and boiling water:
Rinse: Very typical Menghai smell. Like wet soil and camphor.
1st infusion: Notes of cinammon and oak. Not a powerful flavor at all. It is enjoyable. As Wang Jidong would say, it has “lost [some of] its tea property”.
2nd infusion: I let it brew for maybe 30 seconds by accident. However, it was still smooth. Not much complexity, much very solid tea.
3rd infusion: Good. A little spicier and stronger, even though I brewed it for about 10 seconds. Leaves are probably starting to unfurl.

gonna stop now

finish the rest free of examination

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
lukep

I should add that the color of the cake is substantially darker than in the website’s photograph. The photo is four years old, however. It’s pretty cool how these cakes age.

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I just received a sample of this tea with an order from puerhshop.com. I’m about to try it in a 150 ml yixing pot.

The rinses: Both were a vibrant orange color. Neither smelled very strongly. The spent leaves in the pot have a mediocre smokey/tobbaco smell.

First infusion: Deep orange/brown liquor. The scent is citrus, sweet, and a little woody. It tastes more energetic than most ripes I drink (perhaps because I usually drink ripes of twice this age). I’m noticing hints of cinammon and a very faint buzzing on the tongue. There is also the faint taste of watermelon rinds. There is also a very faint barnyard scent on the cup after I finish. To me, it is pleasing. However, this tea was ultimately mediocre (read: not bad, not good).

Second infusion: This cup is cloudy (maybe I added too many leaves) and dark, dark orange. It is not a very aromatic liquor. Tasting it, there is not much, however, I wouldn’t call it mellow. No off tastes (yet), but nothing to speak of either. It almost has coffee notes, and definitely has a sharp, lively texture.

Third infusion: I let this one sit for about ten seconds before pouring, hoping for a stronger flavor. The scent of this one has fruit, in particular baked apples (with cinammon). This cup is much creamier and milder than the previous two. Still, I can feel a buzz on the tip of my tongue. However, nothing special is in the flavor.

Fourth infusion: It has become slightly more bitter. No problem, but I’m growing tired of the drink, and I think I’ll put it away.

Overall, I do not recommend this tea. There are better. This is my first real exposure to Yiwu region teas, and maybe it’s just not for me. However, I can’t imagine a tea so cheap is representative of the region’s craft.

There’s nothing wrong here, but not much right either.

Flavors: Apple, Biting, Citrus, Cream, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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From my puerhshop.com order! Another one where I thought tuochas were just mini tuochas. Instead of many tiny dragon eggs that I expected, I get a big ole egg that fits in your palm. It IS called a dragon egg… not quail eggs. haha. I already have it broken into pieces and in pouches. I didn’t want a mess later on, even though I’m probably going to realize one day that is the completely incorrect way to store pu-erh. I used quite a bit of leaves, probably too much, as the flavor did have a hint of astringency I’m not accustomed to tasting with any pu-erh. At the same time, even with a ton of leaves, there didn’t seem to be a depth of flavor there. The color of the cup wasn’t so dark you can’t see through it like most pu-erh. It was a medium red color with all of the cups. With all three steeps, what flavor that was there never wavered, the flavor just isn’t what I’m looking for though. Less astringency, more depth please!
Steep #1 // rinse // 5 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min

Cameron B.

Wow, I bet you were really surprised when you opened it! :P Sounds like a very cool presentation.

Tea Sipper

Yep, I know the difference between tuochas and mini tuochas. :D

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87

A nice smooth shu, tastes noticeably different than others I’ve tried. A bit musty, in a good way, no off flavors, medium richness and somewhat deep. Tasty.

mrmopar

Did you get the bread aroma from this one? It is pretty good for the price.

Rich

I didn’t, but I’ll look out for it next tasting!

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85

Very smooth and deep flavor. Rich tasting but not earthy. A fine everyday tea!

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84

I think this is the lightest shu I’ve ever tried. It is very smooth, no earthiness, just a light flavor. Good quality, I do like it. It’s different, and interesting!

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Rounding out my tour of puerhshop teas this weekend, I tried this 7542 clone tea. The cake looks beautiful. Smells smoky. The tea is quite strong, I had to trim my usual over stuffing of the gaiwan. The first infusion was smoky like a lapsang souchong. But it was fun to taste! It took several infusions just to tame the smoke. Later infusions were also smoky, but much less so. Kind of a fun tea to try, the leaves were good and held up for at least 10 solid infusions. I don’t know if it is really like a 7542, certainly not in terms of smoke.

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A nice everyday shu. It has a deep flavor and is tasty. It is a bit rough, though, with noticeable astringency and not so easy on the stomach. It is lacking in smoothness. But is pretty good nonetheless.

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This reminds me of a good quality Dayi ripe. A similar flavor. It is medium fermented, tasty, no off flavors, just a hint of bitterness. Easy to drink. Good stuff, my wife said it is one of her favorite ripes.

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Trying my first Puerhshop tea this morning. This is one of their house cakes. It is pretty good, I’d say. The leaves seem of good quality. It produces a thick yellow soup. Just a little astringency. Nice flavor, good body, and holds up well for many infusions. Currently sells for $47 for a full size cake. That seems a fair price for a tea of this quality. I’m getting the impression it may not age that well, but I have little experience to base this on. Worth a sample if you are placing an order.

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Another one from my order! Another lovely ripened pu-erh! I’d compare this to the other that I’ve already tried, but this one seems to have slightly less of a punch. Still a coffee like pu-erh, but lacks the depth of my favorite pu-erhs. Maybe I wasn’t paying enough to steep temps though. It was also all of the crumbs from when I broke the tuocha into pieces, so I imagine the flavor doesn’t get stronger than this. Three nice steeps though and the third had the same level of flavor as the first cup did… just not as much as I would normally like!

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Another fabulous pu-erh from boychik.
This one is so clean and refreshing, but with that character that I crave in a pu-erh…
These little bricks are so fantastic; they make it so easy to measure out the tea.
I love that I can drink it all day, too..it just keeps resteeping over and over.
Also, the fact that I can drink pu-erh at night and still sleep soundly is quite a lovely thing….

boychik

pu knocks me out. its like sedative to me, i drink it every night, gongfu style. Im glad you like it;)

DeliriumsFrogs

I never would’ve tried it at night if you hadn’t mentioned being able to drink it without it keeping you up. Thanks so much for the tip! :)
Also, I’ve been doing all the pu-erh in my gaiwan. Is that the best way to do it, or is it good in a Forlife basket, as well? You’re my go-to pu-erh expert, so sorry for all the questions!

boychik

Haha, im no expert, still newbie. i think i can do it in Forlife as well. just lift the basket. i would use 4-6oz for this brick and shortish steeps. i also have this strainer
http://yunnansourcing.com/en/strainers/1556-sst-stainless-steel-dual-layer-mesh-filter-strainer-for-tea.html
keeps all bits and dust out of cup

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, that strainer is fantastic!!

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I’m really loving this… boychik sent me this to try, and I can not thank her enough.
I remember reading in one of her reviews that she was getting a plum pudding sort of thing from her pu-erh—not this one, another one (if that never happened, boychik, and it’s just a dream of mine, please forgive me…ha!), and I’ve gotta say, that’s what this is to me. It’s like I just unwrapped my pud after cooking it for hours on the stovetop….I even get walnuts here (I know, I’m probably crazy…)… It’s absolutely delicious.
Doughy sweetness, with hints of fruit and chocolate….
I could drink this all day (and I have….) :)

boychik

I was just brewing this one for two days in my new Yixing to speed up the seasoning. 7g in 150ml, so good

boychik

it makes me so happy you shared my passion. oh shou, how much i love you…

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, Yixing! I have yet to delve into that… the seasoning of the clay is so interesting to me! New teaware is always so much fun. :)
I am so happy that you got me to try this…. oh shou, how much i love you INDEED! lol

Tea Sipper

Oh man, I almost just bought this one with my puerhshop order! You make it sound good!

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I bought a few things from puerhshop.com, mainly to have a couple things I could definitely include in teaboxes (most of my teas are samples at this point with 1-2 teaspoons left). This one sounded good! The leaves are very long and wirey, half gold and half black. I used two teaspoons.

Steep #1 // 8 min after boiling // 3 min
Uh oh, the brew color is very light, but I figure it will just be like Verdant’s Golden Fleece. It does taste similar, but since the leaves are half black and not entirely gold, it does lack a bit of that honey flavor that Golden Fleece has but that tea is a high standard. This one isn’t terrible though! Still plenty of honey. I wonder where the black tea leaf flavor is though. If the leaves were all gold, there might have been more honey flavor. I should have tried using two teaspoons and a hotter temp though.. next time.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
Oh, this cup is really nice too. More honey and hints of that yunnan flavor… tiny bit of chocolate. I like this. No astringency or overbrewed leaf flavor at all. I just need to use more leaves next time. This would be lovely if you want a light tea. It will fill a niche for that honey tea in my collection.

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Before I get into it, I want to give the biggest thanks to boychik for sending me this. THANK YOU!!! :)

I’m completely new to pu erh, so forgive me, as I lack the experience to properly assess this tea…
The first steep smelled like chocolate quick bread—warm and doughy, with that baking powder tang in the back of my throat on the inhale (which is a weird thing I love about some baked goods—that tang)….smooth and batter-like.
On tasting, there’s a slight tang, like from pancake batter—that same tang I could detect in the scent before sipping… I could get addicted to this.

2nd steep: The liquor is much darker, almost coffee coloured. The tea smells like yeasted waffles….and it TASTES like yeasted waffles… Oh, nom, nom, nom!! There’s a note of raisins with a sweetness that starts at the middle and lingers until long after I swallow… still buttery and smooth.

3rd steep: Still getting the baked good/yeasted waffle scent, but now I’m picking up a bit of creaminess along with it… like I’ve thrown a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of my baked treat. Hello yummy! Yeasted waffle dusted with powdered sugar, topped with whipped cream…now throw in a bit of spiced raisin. This tea is unreal; I’ve never had anything like it before…

I’ll stop now, since I could go on forever…. This is fantastic.

boychik

yay, it makes me so happy that you like it. I see you obsessed with puerh in a near future.

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For some reason I haven’t been drinking a lot of puerhs lately. It’s not often I break out a shu and even less often I break out a sheng, even though I have two boxes of each. I should really remedy that situation! One reason is for this oversight is I usually drink puerh tea in the afternoons, but lately I haven’t been drinking any caffeinated teas after noon. However, today I have my first writing class tonight and I thought it would be beneficial to be more alert than I normally am… ;-)

I did several steeps of this in my yixing teapot. I’m getting some interesting notes that remind me a bit of coffee or bittersweet chocolate. I recall I liked this cake a lot when I first tried it, and it still seems really good to me. I gave up on wanting more after the 4th steep but I’m glad I revisited this.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec
boychik

I have 2009 version. I like it a lot, maybe 1/8 of a cake left. I make it 212F and shorter steeps until its light in color and taste like nothing. What’s your parameters?

TeaBrat

I usually use boiling water and steeps of around 30 seconds

mrmopar

I like the Hong Yuns a lot.

gmathis

Writing class…fiction? Hope it’s fun and interesting!

Terri HarpLady

I go through phases where I want puerh, but I know I won’t have time for all the repeat steepings, so I end up drinking something else.

TeaBrat

g- it’s a non fiction writing workshop

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No notes yet. Add one?

Flavors: Licorice

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87

Wow.

I ordered a 357g cake of this, and boy am I impressed.

It’s actually a rather subtle and complex mouthfull, with hints of flowers, peach skin, and an ever so slight grassiness. Of course, being a young pu-erh, there’s plenty of astringency too. However, it’s far from overwhelming and is balanced by a faint smokiness.

The leaves were very loose around the edge of the cake, so I was able to use nothing but my hands for the first taste.

The spent leaves are full and luscious.

Worth the money and then some.

Flavors: Astringent, Flowers, Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke

SimpliciTEA

This one sounds like a good one, too. I am always on the lookout for teas that are a great value, as I live on a very limited budget.

lukep

I’m currently drinking it again. No change. It’s still great. Some really huge leaves. I’d say it’s just old enough to enjoy, even if it is by no means mellow.

SimpliciTEA

Good to hear.

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The cake is nice and glossy. Very fragrant.

The liquor is a dark orange to deep red depending on the brewing style.

Not too much sediment.

The taste is good—solid with nothing very notable.

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Thank you for sending this one a while back, CharlotteZero! Oh man this is the type of pu-erh I love. I love pu-erh just for being pu-erh, it’s really different than anything else. Black tea sometimes tastes like chocolate but pu-erh is just pu-erh. If I’m making sense. This one is a standard delicious ripened pu-erh. It’s super dark even at the first cup. It’s sweet and dusky. The second cup is just the same. The third cup was a little spicier. The forth cup with a much higher temp and steep time is much more muted, so I don’t think I would go for a fourth cup again. But some pu-erhs are still going strong by the fourth cup. Not this one! But the cup was still enjoyable. The color of the cup is even much lighter. It’s tough to describe pu-erh more than any other teas, you just have to drink it! I’d buy these! I’m thinking of buying a couple things from puerhshop.com just to add things to MzPriss’s teabox (and other teaboxes, I guess!)
Steep #1 // rinse // couple mins after boiling // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // couple mins after boiling // 1 1/2 – 2 min steep
Steep #3 // couple mins after boiling // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 min

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Pulled this out today also to try. It is way less compressed than the previous one I tried today. It broke off easily with some decent looking full leaf in it. I put 10 grams in the Gaiwan for brewing.This one has a slight grassy metallic aroma to it. It gave decent color in the cup and as I pulled some leaf out you could tell it was barely processed. It has a pretty thick mouthfeel to it with some hints peas and asparagus. It really seemed to be missing something so I put a little honey in the cup. This really made the flavors come up. it does carry some tannin bite to it but I think this will be one to mature over the years.

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

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