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2017 HK Natural Storage Dayi V93 Ripe Tuo (100g)

2017 HK Natural Storage Dayi V93 Ripe Tuo (100g)

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October 20th, 2020

Update: after storing one of these tuos in plastic, I get prominent notes of prune and raisin, along with hints of milk chocolate and jasmine in the finish. This tea brews up with much more flavor after time in a sealed bag. It's likely that you will get these same aromatics a week after the tea arrives, since all of my tuos are heat sealed in plastic before shipment. When pushed hard, there is definitely still some bitterness in these tuos, even after three years of my storage, but they're definitely very different from where they were in 2017 (or if you were to buy these directly from Dayi or a dealer in Kunming)!

I purchased a full case (fifty tuos) of 2017 V93 directly from Dayi in November 2017, and these tuos have been stored in my warehouse here in Hong Kong ever since! I only just got around to trying one of these tuos today as I like to hold pu erh for at least two years before sale: this allows the tea to reach its peak, and in the case of ripe, allows all of the fermentation funk to dissipate. That is definitely the case with these V93.

The dry tuo smells sweet and like it's actively fermenting (and it is). The rinsed leaf smells like milk chocolate-covered almonds, which was a very inviting aroma. Shou pu erh continues to age after pressing, despite what some might tell you, and this tea is really far along. The liquor is thick and very smooth, and much of the bitterness I'd find in a V93 from a Dayi authorized dealer's storage is gone from this tea. My storage is significantly warmer and dryer than ambient conditions all year round, and you can definitely taste that here. I'm lucky that my storage is in quite the sweet spot. 

There is definitely a pleasant chocolate flavor in the cup. There is some lovely kuwei action here, even if most of the bitterness from this material is aged out. These tuos seem much further along than my 2010 or 2015 tuos because of my storage environment, which is surprising.

A similar 2017 V93 from Guangdong or Kunming storage might still be somewhat unsettling to the tummy, but this tea is well past that point and is very easy to drink without any tummy irritating effects that I'd get from a young V93. There are notes of prune and floral notes to this tea in later infusions, and I even tried adding some milk to this tea, which brought out more floral character. I definitely didn't expect that to happen, and the combination of milk and clean aged V93 worked surprisingly well.

I'm offering up 44 of these tuos: purchases of five tuos get you a wrapped tong.

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