This is an excellent ripe. There was a lot of fermentation flavor at first but it was not of the unpleasant sort. It had the taste I have come to expect from a Dayi ripe, not sure what to call that note but a Dayi ripe has a certain type of fermentation taste. The seals also glowed green indicating that this was a real Dayi. There was little bitterness to this tea. The fermentation lasted four or five steeps and then was history. I think you could say there were some chocolaty notes in this tea. In the last couple of steeps it even developed a bit of a fruity flavor but subdued. This was an excellent ripe.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 180ml teapot with 11.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The tea was pretty much finished after twelve steeps but then again I didn’t use a huge amount of tea considering the size of the pot. This was a very inexpensive tea. A two pack of tuo chas was only around $28. To me this was a bargain because it was excellent but young ripe. There have been some issues with Dragon Tea House selling fakes but this one seemed real, both in taste and in the security seals glowing green where they should.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet