2013 Xiaguan 111th Anniversary Tuo Zhi Yuan "Origin of Tuo" Sheng / Raw Puerh Tuo Cha

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Bitter, Grass, Moss, Round , Vegetal, Wet Earth
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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The Xiaguan Tea Factory is one of the oldest in China. They are located at the foothills of the Himalayas on the edge of the Xiaguan mountain range in Dali, Yunnan, China. The factory is uniquely situated to channel the strong winds that travel down these mountains. They claim that it is these winds that give their puerh its special taste.

The year 2013 was the 111th Anniversary of their opening in 1902. They released this puerh to commemorate that. Xiaguan Tea Factory is known for creating the tuo cha shape used for compressed puerh. The unique inverted birds nest bowl shape gives a great amount of surface in a small amount of physical space. They believe that the inner pocket will trap air that helps with aging. The cardboard container that stores these tuo’s is as utilitarian as it is ornate. The tuo is suspended inside with a creative fan of cardboard. Holes in the bottom allow easy passage of air while stored for long term.

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Brewed gongfu style with one rinse and quick, 5 second steeps for the first 3 or so steeps, gradually working up to about a minute. As this tea is only about 3 years old, it has mostly the flavor of green tea or lightly roasted oolong. Leaves are very green once they open, are mostly intact, and the liquor is a pale green-yellow.
First flavors are earthy vegetal flavors, somewhat grassy but the fermentation adds a rounder, oolong-ish earthiness rather than the bright grassiness of a sencha or other green teas.
Fair amount of bitterness, but not off-putting. Can be cut with lower brew temps, but at the cost of some complexity. Later steepings round out the flavor and are less bitter. Good Chi. The bitterness and young age may point to a slightly upset stomach for some, but it hasn’t been an issue for me. I don’t drink tea on an empty stomach, though. Not the most complex and exciting tea I’ve ever had but I find it very pleasing when I want something in the green tea vein, and drink it maybe every other day without getting tired of it.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Moss, Round , Vegetal, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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