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2018 Jay's HK Storage Dayi 7542 Batch 1801 (100g)

2018 Jay's HK Storage Dayi 7542 Batch 1801 (100g)

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April 5th, 2021

I've stored a single tong of this tea in my warehouse since November 2018, and this tea has aged very well in my 11th floor natural storage conditions here in Hong Kong! This tea was aged in the original Dayi tong box. As with many of the teas I age in this manner, aroma and flavor often rebound dramatically once the tea is placed in a plastic bag, especially the thick cotton paper-covered plastic bags I send cakes out in.

The 1801 has a lower market price than the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Dayi 7542 productions, so I was curious to see how this tea compared when brewed up. The compression on the sample cake was surprisingly tight, which was unexpected, but I was able to break some off with a pick. Hand snapping this cake isn't possible just yet.

The aroma is classic 7542 sweet wildflower, but this tea appears to be less intensely aromatic than the years around it. It has less intense oxidation flavors of cantaloupe and date that I get from other modern Dayi sheng productions, and I even get slight smoke from this cake. There is some astringency and bitterness here, especially when pushed, but this is an easy to drink tea with pleasant, sweet aromas and it is very clean and smooth on the tummy already. More time in my warehouse will definitely make this tea smoother to drink.

The liquor has nice kuwei (sweetness after bitterness) when brewed strong, and this tea has good calming energy, but perhaps not as strong as some of the other modern Dayi offerings I've tried. The 2016 8582 is exceptional in that way for me. 

I got some apricot in the liquor in my first session with this tea, which was pleasant, and a hint of caramel in the first infusion of my second session. I also got surprisingly strong mouth cooling from the second infusion of my second session, which was very unexpected.

This is an interesting tea that I believe will continue to develop with age, and will also get more aromatic when bagged in plastic. This is a solid tea, but not as good as the 2016, 2017 and 2019 batch 1 productions. I was fortunate enough to try 2020 as well, but I didn't get to brew that one myself and it wasn't aged the same way. My personal favorite for price and quality among the more recent productions is the 2019 batch 1902 for sure. I wonder how the 1801 will develop with another year or two on the clock! 

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