Menghai Dayi 2009 "golden peacock"

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From Menghai Tea Factory (berylleb on ebay)

357 gram cake froom berylleb.The rational blending of mature fat tea leaves and tender buds is slighly, moderately fermented into this perfection by traditional fermentation craft. The special processing crafts produce the distinct characteristics. The cake is round and smooth and leaf lines are tight and shapely and appropriately packed. The cake surface yields a brownish red color with fine sheen and golden hairs. It brews a bright red broth, as clear as crystal. and a mellow and full bodied flavor with varied but balanced tastes, lingering sweet aftertaste and touches of aged aroma..

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mrmopar kindly sent me some samples of his pu. Thank you.

I decided to try this one first because I loved the name. Golden peacock brings to mind the faded grandeur of a royal court. I wondered if it would bring that grandeur to my faded kitchen.

The dry tea smells earthy with a slight fishiness that I expected of a shu. It arrived as a chunk from a beeng so I picked it apart carefully. The leaves seemed quite loose and easy to pick apart. They were smallish with a couple of golden ones in among the brown.

Brewing the tea up, the first wash smells of that same earthiness and the liquor is bright red. I threw the wash and brewed properly. Still the same dark red liquor but the earthy aroma has gone and it is replaced by something sweeter that I cannot quite describe. Tasting the tea, it was initially too hot to pick out any real flavour. It was mellow and rich. As it cooled I was stunned by the sudden emergence of a flavour that took me back to my childhood and the sweet shop near the bus station. I used to regularly by a quarter of boiled sweets from there on my way home. The tea reminded me of Cola Cubes. Not the sugary sweetness but certainly the flavours at the back of that. Then, as it cooled more I thought I detected a note of sherbet pips. And that was just the first steeping.

Repeat steepings have shown that I was not imagining it. This shu is earthy and mellow with the sweetness of cola and sherbet at the back of it. I am now on steeping number 6 and feeling like my eyeballs are swimming, despite the small size of my pot. The tea is still going strong. Ah well, it has been great reaching this point and I can see how it fares later after a rest. This tea is a really nice example of a shu that I could drink a lot of. It lacks the fishiness of some shu and has a mellow sweetness that works greatly in its favour.

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I loved the candy shop description. Nobody has used that but you so far. Mrmopar will like that one too!


yep candy shop a good one!

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