Reading Dayi Taetea Labels

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Reading Dayi Taetea Labels

Postby AllanK » Oct 5th, '13, 10:01

How do you know what a Dayi numbered label means? I.e., what does the 7632 mean etc? Does that mean formulated in 1976 with 3rd and 2nd grade leaves? Am I even remotely close to what this means?

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Re: Reading Dayi Taetea Labels

Postby AdamMY » Oct 5th, '13, 10:24

Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu-erh_tea Specifically the section about recipes.

First two digits *are* the year that blend was first made. Note I am not entirely sure those numbers are accurate, or more just assigned for posterity sakes. As occasionally you see people selling a 30yo 8582 or similar. But that is a whole different debate.

3rd digit *is* leaf grade. Again quite debatable.

4th digit indicates which factory the tea was produced at.

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Re: Reading Dayi Taetea Labels

Postby mr mopu » Oct 5th, '13, 20:06

AdamMY wrote:Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu-erh_tea Specifically the section about recipes.

First two digits *are* the year that blend was first made. Note I am not entirely sure those numbers are accurate, or more just assigned for posterity sakes. As occasionally you see people selling a 30yo 8582 or similar. But that is a whole different debate.

3rd digit *is* leaf grade. Again quite debatable.

4th digit indicates which factory the tea was produced at.

+1 spot on for the description. As stated though leaf grade is debatable.

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Re: Reading Dayi Taetea Labels

Postby Catfur » Oct 7th, '13, 10:19

AFAIK leaf "grade" doesn't refer to quality, but rather to leaf size and is an average.

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Re: Reading Dayi Taetea Labels

Postby TwoDog2 » Oct 7th, '13, 10:38

Catfur wrote:AFAIK leaf "grade" doesn't refer to quality, but rather to leaf size and is an average.



That's right. Just to be clear, 9 is the highest in the grading system (the largest leaf). So, a blend like 8592 has the largest leaves included

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