Saturday, April 13, 2024

1999-2003 Mr Chen’s JiaJi Green Mark

This 1999-2003 Mr Chen’s JaiJi Green Ink sample came free with the purchase of the 1999 Mr Chen Daye ZhengShan MTF Special Order.  I didn’t go to the site so blind to the price and description and tried it after a session of the ZhongShan MTF Special Order…

Dry leaves have a dry woody dirt faint taste.

Rinsed leaves have a creamy sweet odour.

First infusion has a sweet watery onset there is a return of sweet woody slight warm spice. Sweet, simple, watery and clean in this first infusion.

Second infusion has a sweet watery simple woody watery sweet taste.  Slight woody incense and slight fresh fruity taste.  Cooling mouth.  Sweet bread slight faint candy aftertaste. Slight drying mouthfeel.

Third infusions has a woody dry wood onset with a dry woody sweet kind of taste.  The return is a bready candy with sweet aftertaste.  Tastes faintly like red rope licorice.  Dry mouthfeeling now. Somewhat relaxing qi.  Mild but slight feel good feeling. Mild Qi feeling.

Fourth infusion is left to cool and is creamy sweet watery with a faint background wood and even faint incense.  Simple sweet clean tastes. Thin dry mouthfeel. 

Fifth infusion is a slight creamy sweet watery slight woody simple sweet pure tasting.  left to cool is a creamy sweet some lubricant watery sweetness.

Sixth has an incense creamy sweet talc woody creamy more full sweetness initially. Creamy sweetness watery mild Qi. Enjoyable and easy drinking puerh.

Seventh has a sweet woody leaf watery taste with an incense woody watery base.  The mouthfeel is slightly dry and qi is pretty mild and agreeable.

Eighth infusion is a woody watery sweet with subtle incense warm spice.  Mild dry mouthfeel.  

Ninth infusion has a woody incense onset with sweet edges.  Dry flat mouthfeel and mild qi.

Tenth I put into long mug steepings… it has a dirt woody bland slight bitter taste… not much for sweetness anymore.

Overnight infusion has a watery bland, slight dirt, slight sweet insipid taste.

This is a pretty simple and straightforward dry stored aged sheng. Sweet woody incense taste with mild dry and mild relaxing feel good qi.  On a busy day at work I appreciated its steady aged simplicity.  I go to the site and look at the price and description and I couldn’t really agree more.  The price is a bit lower than I thought and the description is dead on!

Vs 1999 Mr Chen’s Daye ZhengShan MTF Special Order-  despite coming from the same collector, being both dry stored, and being the same approx age these are very different puerh.  The MTF special order is much more complex in taste, very very sweet and has much more powerful space out Qi. This JaiJi Green ink is satisfying enough but not so fancy complex or mind-bending. It’s more of an aged dry storage drinker.

After a session of the 1999 Mr Chen Daye ZhengShan I did a back to back with 2001 Naked Yiwu from TeasWeLike but they are also completely differ puerh… the Nake Yiwu was much more condensed, present, and powerful in taste with sweet tastes, resin wood, and smoke incense.  It’s more aggressive and forward and feels less aged than the 1999 ZhengShan MTF Special Order but in the same way it can be more satisfying especially for the price which seems like a pretty good deal.  I suppose all three of these are good value dispite the totally different vibes of each.

Pictured is Left 2001 Naked Yiwu from TeasWeLike, Middle 1999 Mr Chen’s Daye ZhengShan MTF, Right 2001-1999 Me Chen’s JiaJi Green Ink. 


Friday, April 12, 2024

Complex Sweet Dry Storage: 1999 Mr Chen’s Daye ZhengShan MTF Special Order


Paolo was excited about this find and offered it to those who bought into the Tea Hunter package at a reduced price.  I had sampled through the previous dry stored aged puerh offered by Mr. Chen that were released over a year ago (here and here).  I enjoyed them all but yet not enough to cake.  This 1999 Mr Chen’s Daye ZhongShan MTF Special Order is at a level above the others. Over a year now has been releasing some 8582 recipe versions from Mr Chen’s dry storage.  Like Mr Chen I’m a big fan of the aged 8582 so I hope to sample them at some point….

Dry leaves have a sweet slight marsh peat odour to them.

Rinsed leaf has a leaf slight medicinal raison odour.

First infusion has a purfume medicinal fruity sweetness.  There are notes of fig, cherries, longgan fruit nice complex onset with a were dry leaf base.

Second infusion has a woody slight purfume medical sweet cherry and fig taste.  Nice dry storage base of slight mineral and leaf taste.  Mouthfeel is a bit oily at first but slight silty underneath.  There is a soft lingering sweetness returning of fruit with a woody base taste throughout.  Slight warm chest with spacy head feeling.

Third infusion has a leafy woody maple syrup onset that gets a bit sweeter on return the sweetness is syrupy like stewed fruity with a leaf dry woody background that is throughout the profile. A more fruity pop of taste before some cool camphor on the breath.  A silty almost dry mouthfeeling emerges after the initial slight oily syrup feeling. Slight warm chest and spacey mind slowing Qi.

Fourth infusion has a leaf medical onset with a slow emerging sweet taste that is quite sweet fruit on returning and sort of slowly builds up next to dry woody leaf and syrup medical taste.  The cooled down infusion is a sweet creamy sweet syrupy. Spaced out Qi feeling.

5th infusion has a syrupy sweet woody medicinal creamy sweet with some fruity and maple syrup.  Silty mouthfeel.  Space out qi.  The cooled down liquor is a woody maple sweet taste.  Nice creamy almost fruity returning sweetness. Pear plum tastes underneath. 

6th has a creamy oily watery sweetness with faint medicinal incense but mainly oily sweet taste.  Fruity return with a slightly drier silty mouthfeel. Slight warming with nice space out Qi.

7th infusion has a woody pear leaf onset with an overall sweet pear oily onset.  

8th has a soft pear woody leaf taste faint medicinal incense.  Soft fading taste. Faint warmth and spacy mind.

9th has a mellow fruity sweetness with an oily texture and some incense medicinal mid taste.  There is a woody leaf base.  Mainly mild sweet no astringency or bitter. Oily watery mouthfeel.

10 this a long thermos steeping of the spent leaf.. it. Comes out oily and sweet with a strawberry sweetness subtle woody but mainly just fruity strawberry sweetness.

The overnight steeping is a sweet strawberry pure slight lubricating taste.  Still sweet and lubricating. Very Yummy!