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30/10: One tea, two cities

The most interesting tea we got in 2012 Fall is 2004 Red Dayi 7542 Tea Cake.

I talked about it in my last blog entry.

What made it interesting was that we got two versions of it, one stored in Dali/Kunming, another in Menghai. Today the tea that stored in Dali arrived, joining its brother(stored in Menghai) so I got a chance to brew them side by side.

Below are abstracted from en.wikipedia.org.

Kunmng is the capital and largest city of Yunnan Province in Southwest China. It was known as Yunnan-Fou until the 1920s.

Located at an elevation of 1,890 m on the Yungui Plateau with low latitude and high elevation, Kunming has one of the mildest climates in China, characterised by short, cool dry winters with mild days and crisp nights, and long, warm and humid summers, but much cooler than the lowlands. The weather never gets very hot in summer; the temperature has exceeded 30 C (86 F) only on a handful of occasions. However, freak snowfalls occur in occasional winters. Controlled by a subtropical highland climate (Kppen Cwb), average highs are around 15 C (59 F) in winter and 24 C (75 F) in summer. With its perpetual spring-like weather which provides the ideal climate for plants and flowers, Kunming is known as the "City of Eternal Spring". The city is covered with blossoms and lush vegetation all-year round.[10] The period from May to October is the rainy season and the rest of the year is dry. The city has a mean annual rainfall of 1,010 millimetres (40 in), with an annual sunshine period of 2,250 hours and an annual frost-free period of 230 days. Extreme temperatures in the city have ranged from −7.8 C (18 F) to 32.2 C (90 F)

Dali City is a county-level city in and the seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern Yunnan province of Southwest China.

Tempered by the low latitude and high elevation, Dali has a mild subtropical highland climate (Kppen Cwb), with short, mild, dry winters, and warm, rainy summers. Frost may occur in winter but the days still generally warm up to 15 C (59 F) or more. During summer, a majority of the days features some rainfall, and daytime temperatures rise to 24 C (75 F). A great majority of the year's rainfall occurs from June to October.

Menghai County is a county under the jurisdiction of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan province, China.

The climate is classified as a humid subtropical (dry winter, hot summer), with a subtropical moist forest biozone. Menghai has a humid (> 0.65 p/pet) climate.


Judge by the color of the soup, both tea are about the same age.

Smell the lip of gaiwans, you can tell them apart right away. One (stored in Menghai) is suger-cane alike, while another one(stored in Dali/Kunming) is vegetal with floral scent.

When I taste them, one (stored in Menghai) is smooth, semi-aged, while another one(stored in Dali/Kunming) is still a young tea with light astringent.

Now they joined together under the same roof for the next years in Indianapolis, it would be even more interesting to see how these two brothers grown and aged.

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This tea experiment you have here is a true science.
31/10 11:40:51

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