100gram Menghai Dayi Red Rhyme - 2008

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Cocoa, Leather, Raisins, Sawdust
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 14 oz / 418 ml

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From Menghai Tea Factory (Mandala Tea)

People line up around the block to get new releases of the best Dayi teas and this one is no exception. I was able to purchase a case of these the day it was released. By the end of that week, the price had nearly tripled because of the demand for this fine tea.

Already a classic, this 2008 tea is made with smaller leaves and again, as with all smaller leaf cakes, you do not want to miss out on the complex early flavors by steeping too long in the beginning.

One of the highest grade teas from Menghai in 2008, pick up several! Some for drinking now, some for friends and family and a few for home aging. You will not be disappointed!

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2632 tasting notes

My first puerh cake! I have been really excited about getting these for Christmas. I knew in advance because hubby had me pick the tea I wanted and he did offer to let me try it early, but I waited!

I wasn’t sure how good this first try would be because I took the wrapper and shook off the loose leaf. Then I struggled to pry off a bit of leaf but was really bad at it! I did manage to get about a teaspoon loose and started steeping in my smallest pot.

I was going to rinse but I tasted the rinse and it was good, so I drank it! I did thirty second steeps at first and then increased by just a little for number four. The first steeps are fresh, clean, bright, and horsey, just how I like it. Steep four had chocolate notes! Steep five…oops. I was cooking and doing other things and there is no telling how long it steeped. Several minutes at the very least. But it is still drinkable, and not just drinkable but good!

I am really looking forward to drinking all these puerhs with friends and family for a long time.


sounds good to me!


glad you liked this one it is a favorite of mine! merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas! I do like this one – very much!


you are quite welcome! .. welcome to the dark mysterious world of pu-erh.


sounds yummy!!


You are doomed! We are puerh zombies! Love It!


I have had loose puerh and mini tuo Cha, but having the cakes makes me feel all grown up. LOL! Which probably means I’m not, but I think they are so cool!


Me too! Like displaying art! I can see how a person could get addicted…so pretty and exotic looking!


uuuhhhh zombie want your pu-erh……..good stuff! this pu-erh!

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13239 tasting notes

I figured since i was having purple rhyme today, i’d have red rhyme along side it just for kicks. this one is different from the other puerhs i’ve enjoyed from mandala…it’s smoother almost. more to come as i go through more steeps


I have both of those! Mrmopar helped me….um, I mean my husband….choose them for my Christmas present last year. LOL! They are quite good!


i am enjoying them a bunch

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3294 tasting notes

This is not the first time I’ve drank this, or even the 2nd, but apparently it is the first time I’m logging it here. It is very nice, with flavors of semolina & perhaps a dark dried fruit, like raisins or prunes. It’s very smooth, a nice depth to it, & doesn’t have any of the compost pile flavors that some Puers feature. It’s a little late at night for me to be drinking tea, but I’ve had a busy couple of days & I feel that I deserve some Shu, plus it doesn’t ever seem to keep me up, so I’m enjoying my last cup (steep # 8, I think).

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302 tasting notes

a really great 100gram dayi. rich in flavor great for multiple infusions(already at 5) keeps giving and giving! a really great cake!

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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301 tasting notes

Today I “broke open” a new cake – the cake compression is heavy so I struggled to get it started. I ended up with tiny, tiny chunks and a bit of tea dust. Taste is rather smooth with no real astringency. Flavor not that distinctive – think I might have overleafed this time. Plan to turn these next few infusions into iced tea to drink in a day or two. Another time I’ll try breaking off another chunk from the cake and start over with the gaiwan so I’ll save my rating for later.


You need a tea pick for one of these. They are really compacted so tight this is a must or a fine point screwdriver will work too. Did you give this tea a “rinse” to re-hydrate it before brewing? The first brew is always really light. The flavor will increase with the longer subsequent steeps. be sure to use really hot water as this really gets the tea going.


I would answer each question affirmatively. I used a pick; I did rinse; water was boiling; four different brews. What I meant by stating “flavor not that distinctive” was that I could not distinguish anything specific. There was flavor (it was not weak tea) but it was very blah-quite mediocre. I’ve not given up on it but I need a restart. I may actually dump these same leaves into my glass tumbler where I can add more water and sip on it for awhile later today. If that doesn’t work then I’ll work on another chumk one day next week.


Got ya! Pu-erh can be tricky sometimes and +1 on the restart. I do this sometimes myself and hope to get it right. I remember the first time I tried to get one of these disc teas apart, ended up with a stuck hand! Lol.

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This tea was pretty good, as to be expected from a Dayi shou. I used 8g in my 185 yixing for a nice since I wanted a strong tea this Sunday morning. Strong dark liquor, almost black (I love it when a shou comes out dark black!) with notes of leather, raisin, cocoa, and perhaps a little sawdust (or at least the texture was reminiscent of sawdust in some way, maybe not the taste… I don’t want that to sound bad as sawdust is not particularly yummy lol). I noticed a little cooling on the mouth after drinking which lingered for a few minutes, and not terribly strong qi but present. I probably didn’t like it as much as others here but it is a good tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Leather, Raisins, Sawdust

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 6 OZ / 185 ML

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290 tasting notes

A solid little cake. Nice full body, deep fermented taste. A touch of bitterness disappears after a few infusions. I have the 2009 and 2010 versions as well, only tried the 2009 so far and it is at least as good. It seems like these are pretty dependable cakes for a good price. Lots of infusions so it is a good deal. I got mine from tuocha.com.

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