I was fortunate to receive a Gaiwan for Christmas; a brewing device I have been after for for some time, after hearing good things about them. The cafetiere and tea strainer will now take a rest while I review the rest of my Yunnan Sourcing order. I’m slowly getting used to the Gaiwan and finding it very handy for brewing small amounts of leaf, something which is useful when the tea is expensive!
Summary: Yes this tea has the concentrated herbyness I associate with Menghai, but it’s a bit on the mild side. I much preferred the Menghai Dayi 2007 “V4” from Berylleb on ebay.
4g used. I could only find 24gs of my 25g order…
Dry leaf: Complex: concentrated herbyness and peppery smoke.
Wet leaf: Complex: Concentrated herbyness, bright fruits, peppery smokiness and dark plums.
5s – Mild greenness and smoky.
15s – Still a bit mild. Smoky, mild herbyness; The flavour is in the background and not very strong.
20s – Subdued concentrated herbyness and smoke. Lingering peppery smoke.
25s – Stronger. More pronounced concentrated herbyness and peppery smoke.
Flavors: Herbs, Pepper, Plum, Smoke