2012 Dayi Silver (batch manufacture date: 30 May 2012)
I saw someone have this cake with the 2011 Dayi Gold on this forum, but no taste note, and this gives me opportunity to post 'misinformation'!
The wrapper said high mountain material; reappearance of classic ...
Typical style of modern Dayi wrapping method, when did they start wrapping like this? 2007? or before. Surely after 2003 or 2004.
I'm afraid to say, trust is a very rarer commodity when you buying stuffs on Taobao and a uv lamp is a necessity.
Front in day light
Leaves close up, 7.4 g
Rinsed it twice, and this was 3rd and 4th steeps put together
I also used a lot of loose broken leaves inside the wrapper and this shows
more close up of spent leaves
I had a pretty rough ride on this and this may be due to a lot of broken leaves. I don't know, but I don't think I would like to touch it again within 6 months or even a year. By the colour of the soup, it seems to have some aged (a few years old) material and the texture seems to suggest it got some better leaves than just tea bushes. However, I cannot handle the astringency on this one and it's very different from the bitterness you would find in EoT 2009-2011 Bulang. The Dayi 2011 Silver bitter sends shiver down my spine. In fact I wasn't 'drinking' this stuff, I only sampling with a few sips here and there, I used most of it to clean my drain. Someone suggested it got some Lingcang material, I cannot tell as I don't have any Lingcang tea as a reference and I don't even know whether I would like Lingcang or not. It's very hard to describe the taste, I think it got a bit of citric and a rather unusual taste (emm, no JingMai, even thinking about JingMai makes me sick!) but almost to the point like artificial manufactured plastic. It also remained me a bit like the Fujin 2012 Special Qing
which tastes much better than this.
I think the Dayi 2011 Gold is a much much better choice.
At the moment on Taobao both prices are:
2011 Dayi Gold 235 RMB
2012 Dayi Silver 139 RMB
Despite Dayi Silver's price is rising, I'm in no hurry to get any more cakes on this, one is quite enough at the moment.