Da Yi (大益)
Originaly Da Yi was name of Pu-erh tea’s brand from old Menghai tea factory. Menghai tea factory was one of big manufacturers of tea in Yunnan during 1938-1950. Menghai tea factory is known for its production of ripe ( Shu ) Pu-erh tea. Later on Da Yi became an official brand of Menghai tea factory. Da Yi Tea Group Company was established in 2004, since then Menghai tea factory has been one of the members.
Light 'dui wei' scent can be experienced when opening wrapper suggesting the storage is not full Kunming dry but partially stored in Menghai. Taste spectrum is also bit different from it's replacement red label. Tea soup is rich and sweet with pleasant bitter background all the way through 4-6 infusions and diminished a bit after which brings up more...
Very well stored tea cake. Scent of the walnuts crushed on the old wooden table comes out from gai wan within first brew. No any unpleasant taste or throat feeling of dry storage. The dark ruby red tea liquor is thick and sweet with very slight citrus sensation on sides of your tongue which gives nice boost of existing nutty flavor. Tea can be steeped...
Sweet , woody and nutty flavor is experienced after 3rd steeping when medium pressed 357g tea cake starts to give out all it has. Thick tea soup rich in walnut flavor leaves comfortable sensation in mouth very long time. No any discomfortable dry taste.
Scent of honey and dark chocolate can be experienced from hot gai wan before the first steeping. Beautiful woody taste with touch of caramel and sweet buzz sensation on sight of your tongue will make your day . No unpleasant sensations of over dry storage.
Legendary 7572 from 2010 can be found on Chinese market in many "versions" (fakes) so we buy all Da Yi teas only from authorised supplier. Sweet and mellow, no any uncomfortable strange taste. Slightly woody scent and sweet caramel mouth sensation is a sign of good storage.
Very good standard shu pu-erh from Da Yi company pressed into the 100g tuo. Full body , sweet & bitter , shu pu alive. Clean dark red tea liquor gives also sweet after taste "sheng jing" which could be caused with medium-mild fermentation as some green-ish leafs are still in present.
The medium rich tea liquor with dark chocolate bitter notes and very slight astringency , light "dui wei" which to be gone soon.. Not really hard pressed 357g cake needs around 3 infusions when all will start happening after. This is not a marathon tea runner but you can get out of it few solid infusions which would , in our opinion , qualify for good...
Typical standard shu pu-erh from Da Yi company pressed into the 100g tuo. Full body , sweet & bitter , shu pu alive. Clean dark red tea liquor gives also sweet aftertaste. Medium fermentation , chocolate aroma from hot gaiwan. Pleasant daily drinker and good investment for the collectors as Dayi tea prices are raising up few times per year.