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2014 HK Natural Storage Dayi Star of Menghai Ripe Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2014 HK Natural Storage Dayi Star of Menghai Ripe Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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April 7th, 2020

I purchased a single tong of this tea from Dayi in November 2017, prior to which it was stored in Dayi's own climate-controlled warehouses. After aging for two years and five months in my own eleventh-floor warehouse, this tea has come along wonderfully! 

According to Dayi, this recipe was devised to provide more of the aged woody notes you can get from a 7572 by using superior material. This recipe has been produced since 2006, and in 2008, was presented as a gift to the President of Russia.

The surface of the cake has visible tips and the cake looks very attractive. There is definitely lots of higher grade material in this blend, and the cake is pleasantly aromatic. At this point in time, it smells sweet (like jujube) and active: I can tell this tea is aging right under my nose (so to speak).

I only rinsed this tea once. I trust Dayi's production quality, and I have aged this tea myself since it arrived. I was surprised by bitterness when I had my first sip of the liquor: while very balanced and rather pleasant, I didn't expect it. The liquor is very smooth and slippery (as Dayi blended it to be), but I also get balanced sweet jujube notes. There are some more dark and robust notes here as well, which I'd find in a 7572, but I don't personally consider them to be woody at this stage. The sweet aromatics are dominant here, but not too intense, and the overall profile is very well balanced, as you'd expect from a Dayi ripe tea.

One interesting effect from this tea was that while it had good cha qi, it also had a profound warming effect on my body. I started the session cold, but found myself wanting to take off layers every time I had a cup of this tea! I can't guarantee it'll have that effect on you, but if it does, this would make an outstanding winter pick-me-up.

This is an excellent shou, and would make a great daily drinker for those who can appreciate this style of blend. It is very smooth on the tummy, as well, so I'd rather drink this at this stage than the 2017 Dayi Golden Needle White Lotus I've aged right next to this Star of Menghai. The Golden Needle White Lotus which still has some intensity to it that make me want to hold it for longer!

I only have a single tong of this tea in total. 

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