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2016 Jay's HK Storage Dayi 7562 Ripe Pu Erh Brick (100g)

2016 Jay's HK Storage Dayi 7562 Ripe Pu Erh Brick (100g)

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October 12th, 2020

I purchased ten of these bricks in November 2016: I intended to put them up for sale in 2018, but I'm glad I gave them an extra few years. This recipe was created by CNNP to meet demand for a higher grade ripe brick for export markets, including Japan. This is a light-to-medium fermentation brick, so it can be quite burly young, or without appropriate storage to mellow the material down further. When first offered for sale by Dayi, the material still brews up with considerable astringency and bitterness. I need my ripe pu erh to mellow down over time, and these bricks are definitely ready to drink now.

In the warehouse last night, the test brick smelled bready, but like it had just gotten past the fresh bread stage I get in the first few years after ripe pu erh arrives here (either from the factory or from dry storage). After resting overnight and unwrapping the brick, I realized it smelled quite a bit like a chocolate brownie (specifically one from Mrs Fields)! 

The compression on these bricks is quite tight, and I needed a pick to pry off a sample, which came off easily and in a solid chunk. I rinsed once, but while rinsing, realized I didn't really need to with one of these bricks, since modern production standards from Dayi (and my very own eleventh-floor storage environment) mean tea is much cleaner than it used to be even a decade ago. 

In the cup, the first infusion was sweet and aromatic, with considerable chocolate and vanilla: again, exactly like a Mrs Fields brownie! This was quite surprising as I haven't had this exact experience with other 7562 pressings I've aged and tried. The liquor was smooth and pleasant, and the energy was calming.

Later infusions tasted more aged (but very clean) with some chocolate. There is still some astringency in this material, even after four years, but it is mild and very tolerable. Purchasing one of these bricks from dryer storage would definitely mean a very different experience, so please do compare if you'd like to see how much storage matters for this now classic recipe!

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