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2018 Jay's HK Storage Dayi 1801 Year of the Dog Ripe Pu Erh Cake (100g)

2018 Jay's HK Storage Dayi 1801 Year of the Dog Ripe Pu Erh Cake (100g)

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Update: March 14th, 2021

After just under two weeks at home, I'm getting almond, chocolate and gingerbread from my sample cake! The flavor intensity is much better today, as is the cha qi. I'm brewing in Nixing clay instead of porcelain this time and it's turning out to be a great session. Less bitterness overall, and the overall experience is much better. I'm amazed by how smooth this tea is, even when overbrewed.

March 3rd, 2021

I bought a box of these in November 2018, and only received three cakes when the box arrived (directly from Dayi!) I only noticed the discrepancy much later and never heard back from Dayi. At least this was an economical tea and my 2018 7542 and 7572 tongs arrived intact (I should probably check on them)!

This tea was pressed for the Year of the Dog (2018). The material is from 2017 and the cakes themselves were pressed at the end of 2017 as well. The cakes are attractive and appear to have smaller leaf grade material in them. I get an aromatic note from the dry cake that reminds me of my 2017 Dayi Golden Needle White Lotus, but this is also a substantially different tea. It's very possible some of the same material was used for both pressings, since both involved the 2017 crop.

This tea has some pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste, but is nice and smooth on the belly after over two years of aging. I get light milk and chocolate flavors in the first infusion. The tea then opens up fully in the second infusion, and I notice some nice sweetness that follows the bitterness after the swallow. While this tea isn't very complex at this time, the cakes have been stored in their individual boxes inside the tong box (no plastic), and it's very possible that these cakes would get much more aromatic in the thick plastic bags I would ship them in (the bags trap aroma very well).

This is a very clean and pleasant tea to drink with a good calming effect. This is a tightly compressed, smaller grade cake that reminds me of the 2008 Dayi Hongyun cakes I also offer on the site, although I find the 2008 Hongyun cakes to be much tippier and stronger overall.

In the third steep, I realize the calming effect from this tea is rather impressive, and the kuwei (sweetness after bitterness) has great longevity. I also notice a pleasant milk tea aftertaste in this infusion, which is surprising.

As with many smaller-leaf grade Dayi productions, this tea packs a wallop, and once the calming effect wears off, I realize this tea packs quite a caffeine punch, so that's definitely something to take into account. Dayi gongting, in particular, packs some of the most unbridled caffeine power of any tea out there for me!

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