111 Tasting Notes
Called the “Rhyme Aroma” tea or in an English translation as better with age. I think this one is a lighter fermented Dayi cake. It has a similar taste to the other ones but it has a light oak, caramel and an almost salty savory after taste. It is almost a “broth” taste similar to a soup stock. It really darkens on the second steep with wood and spiciness coming on a little stronger. Very nice and interesting so far. What I would call a “savory” shou cha. On note I have been brewing all the Dayi shou cha in the great mosaic teapot I got from (Joey) from the Tea Merchant. I really like this little pot for its great pouring (shameless plug I guess). Its a great little pot for a pretty good tea.
Did this one with short steeps water at boiling. I have had this one for a while in the pumidor. It has an almost flowery tart aroma to it. It was a very tightly compressed brick so I may have under leafed the cup. It tuned out pretty mellow with just a hint of orange color to it attesting that the aging is working ever so slowly since this is a brick. It has a light metallic taste to it with a sweet aftertaste to it. It is almost a slight flower aftertaste. Not the best but very drinkable sheng. For the money I paid I think it is an excellent performer in that category. I was kind of hesitant to try this after seeing it since it does have stems and rough looking leaves in it but I think it turned out pretty good.
I received this a while back from Garret at Mandala with an order. This tea is the exact tea you should give a first time puerh drinker. This tea has the smoothness and creaminess noted in earlier tastings and a bit of a surprise to me. This tea is made with jingmai material that usually has a citrus twang to it. This is absent of any of that. I think if you wanted a good puerh to sit back in the chair and relax this is a good one. It has a good depth of flavor with no off or earthy taste to it. It has no drying of the tongue like some shou does and leaves a light cocoa vanilla taste. A well made tea in my book.
Very nice sheng that has lost the astringency and bitterness. This brews up light on the first two infusions, darkens till the fifth and fades about the seventh. This must have some jingmai material in it as it has that touch of “citrus lemony” taste that jingmai seems to bring. I pushed this one a little far as the eighth infusion is very weak and a touch metallic. Pretty pleasant as most of the 2007’s I have had lately have been pretty smooth. Pretty decent for the $8.00 bucks I paid for it. I may later get one to age more as I think I may get into it again soon.
Trying this out tonight. This is the highest grade Menghai cake that I possess. The taste of it is kind of puzzling. The cake is loosely compressed and easy to break apart. I brewed this in the gaiwan to keep the flavor notes from being softened by the yixing pot. It has a buttered pea aroma to it. I washed it once for about 10 seconds and went on to steeping it 3 times and pouring it all in a 10 oz. cup. It sill has some astringency and the color is still pretty yellow for a 6 year old tea. It has notes of honey and flower in it. There is still some smoke to it and the drying on the side of the tongue. A light oiliness coats the inside of the mouth. Head to head against the 8582 from a year younger i would prefer it over this one. Needless to say I hope it will age well. It has given me a bit of sweat that the 8582 lacked. An OK sheng to drink nevertheless. i will try this in the yixing tomorrow.
This is still as impressive as it was the first time I had it. The brew is pretty dark and super smooth. I started on this one last night and am continuing on it now. It has an almost caramel chocolate finish to it. A really nice tea sourced by a great seller with a great flavor intuition.
I have enjoyed 9 steeps of this tea now. I use 3 steeps for the “me” size cup I normally drink. This tea has no astringency no harshness and no “bite” at all. This tea brew a light orange/golden color. It has a light citrus aroma. It taste like a very light green tea with the sweetness of honey to it. I found this to be one of the most enjoyable shengs that I have had. Definitely in the top three. I have the newer versions of this cake and hope they age as well. I was really surprised as this is a secondary code 807 of this tea. Very nice. I will probably buy another one of these.
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This tea has opened up in the compression of the cake since being in the pumidor. Dark apricot slightly burnt sugar taste almost to the point of being a tad bitter. Dark brew in the cup, juicy mouth-feel. Nice and warming to the body. A very nice tea to re-visit.