Menghai Dayi tea factory

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5g/100ml
210F
2 15 sec rinse
10 minute “rest”
dry leaves have a slight plum note and the slightest hint
of peat
wet leaves smell of prunes or plums. very slight peat
the slightest hint of caramelized sugar on the gaiwan lid
tea soup has a smell of incense stewed fruit and sweetness
empty gong dao bei smells of caramelized fruit

1st infusion: 45 sec; first infusion brews up pitch black
dark bakers chocolate on first sip slight peatiness
a note that kind of reminds me of tar slight sweetness
the soup is about medium thickness this steep earthy and
maybe decaying wood

2nd infusion 30 sec; the soup is still black the texture is lighter
this infusion. earthiness is up front with what i can describe as
decaying wood following up dark chocolate on the finish with very subtle hui gan
slight tarry notes

3rd infusion 1:00; still pitch black the flavor has become more gentle
more earthiness and some of the peatiness is finally coming through
the decayed wood has morphed into regular wood with a slightly sour finish
the minerality is starting to come through. it is kinda like licking
a rock

4th infusion 1:30; the color is starting to lighten just a bit. still black but
with red tinges the peatiness is really starting to come through. there is a sweetness
also the slightest hint of stewed fruit coming through the chocolate is still there
the huigan has returned. sticks to the molars

5th infusion 2:00; the liquor has lightened a bit more to a dark red brown
the minerality really comes through in this. sweetness really shines
woodyness upfront earthiness on finish. no chocolate notes

6th infusion. final infusion 2:30; ruby red this time
minerality comes throug but thats about it. woddiness is there
earthiness at the end very sweet at this point

would i recommend this tea?: yes would be good for aging

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Mineral, Peat, Stewed Fruits, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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2018 v93
5g/100ml
210F
two 15 second rinses
let sit with lid on for 10 minutes
dry leaves smelled lightly of peat
wet leaves smell stewed fruits and a hint of baked bread and peat
lid smells like caramelized sugar slight mint and very very light earth
tea liquor smells like peat and brown sugar maybe slight fruitness

first steeping :45 sec
light peatyness and a hint of stewed fruit very lightly bitter maybe just
a hint of sweetness on the tongue a little earthy slight dark chocolate taste on the back
of the tongue

second steeping: 30 sec
lighter flavor but more viscous the peatiness is there
the dark chocolates number comes in stronger with a sweetness that
sticks to the teeth more of the damp earth notes are coming through in the back ground
maybe slightly woody. leaves a thick feeling on the tongue. huigan is nice slight wet hay

third steeping: 1:00 minute
the peat note come through up front in this steeping followed by the chocolate notes
there is a stoney note here. like licking a rock. maybe thats minerality
the earthiness comes and goes in this steeping. it is fleeting sometimes and comes
back. the hui gan is light and sticks to the teeth almost tastes exactly like honey

fourth steeping: 1:30
the earth and stone flavors take over here no peaty note
sour bakers chocolate note on the tail end of the tea
aver slight hint of a metal note. not unpleasant huigan on the sides
of the teeth

fifth steeping: 2:00
color of tea liquor is starting to lighten at this point the earth and wood take over
at this point with a slight metallic note on the back end. very lightly though
slight nuttiness with a somewhat hay like after taste

sixth steep 2:30
tea is spent at this time the chocolate note is predominant at this time
the sweetness really comes through at this point generic shou taste at the end
doesnt really feel as thick this time nothing much else to say

would i recommend this tea?: yes if you keep it well hydrated and maybe age it a little in a pumidor

Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Mineral, Nutty, Peat, Stewed Fruits, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Impressions after one session: The tea is only 1 year old at this point so of course a fermentation flavor is present in the form of a distinct licorice note, strongest in the first steep, later mostly in the aftertaste, but not at all offensive to me. The tea tastes of coffee and chocolate, sweet and warming, especially when the steep times are pushed a little bit. Less earthiness than I expected. Hint of menthol/mint in the aftertaste. The liquor does not feel particularly viscous and its color range from coffee to reddish brown depending on steeping time. The wet tea leaves has a distinct nutty smell but very little earthiness. The dry cake smells very clean and pleasant. There is nothing offensive or funky about this tea. I got about 6 really good steeps out of this, then it went downhill but still perfectly drinkable for another couple of infusions.

This is a very friendly tea and I enjoyed drinking it quite a bit. I paid $25 USD for a 357 gr bing and at that price I find it to be fabulous value for money. I suspect this tea will benefit from a few more years of storage but it’s good even as it is. I shall consider buying a few more bings for later. A great daily drinker.

Brewed gongfu. Water @ 95C. 7 grams in a 90 ml yixing pot. Steep times about 5/5/10/10/15/25.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Licorice, Nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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