Menhai Dayi (Berylleb on Ebay)

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Recent Tasting Notes

I have actually enjoyed this one most of the day yesterday as the rain fell all day.
I got this one out grabbed 10 grams and headed for the Gaiwan. This has a kind of light aroma of hay in the dry leaf. I gave a quick rinse and started. The first 3 infusions done a 5 seconds each were a little light in color. The taste of these 3 had a subdued floral note with a touch of bitter. Steeps 4 through 9 is where this one really shined.
The color was much darker as I increased the steep times. The flavor came on with some fruity and floral that had a hit of bitter that faded to a sweetness at the back of the tongue.
I think I did about 15 steeps till this got too weak for me. I did save the brewed lea and put them with a fresh batch of hot water to season a new Yixing I recently purchased. Hopefully that will add a bit to the pot.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 103 ML

Oh, new Yixing ! What’s the capacity?


200 ml.


Nice! I seasoned one too this week for a friend.


You are downsizing, mrmopar ;-). I’m looking for 100cc but should be fast pouring .


boychik, have you tried Yunnan Sourcing’s selection? It’s pretty good, and decently priced. mrmopar – congrats on the new Yixing! They are always fun to season and use.

Terri HarpLady

MrM, do we get a photo?
You know how much we all love photos go teas & tea paraphenalia


Terri I don’t have an Instagram account or anything similar. I am still new to this computer stuff.


mrmopar, Instagram is so addictive. I started taken pics just recently. So much fun. Plus others pics its just like teaporn;)
NofarS, I did get Yixing fr YS but its big like 180cc . I love YS pots. I need 100cc for Yancha and good quality clay. Maybe I should ask Scott to source smaller pots ;)

Terri HarpLady

If its any consolation, I joined instagram at least a year ago, & just posted my first 2 pics a few days ago. :)

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I’ve wanted to try this one for a while. Thank you Steepster trading friend. This is supposedly one of the upper tier Dayi cakes. This one fetches $90 right now. My how prices have skyrocketed for some of these Dayi teas. Is it hype or is it that good? Hype. It’s really not bad, but far from the best dayi I’ve tasted. It basically is an average Dayi ripe, though it did not hold up that well. Not terribly interesting nor smooth, but good flavor. It is certainly fine, and would be a decent pick if it were, say, $30.


This is the kind of review that makes steepster worthwhile for myself. Thanks.

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