2014 ‘Gao Yuan Chen’ Xiaguan Raw Pu Erh tuocha

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Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 oz / 90 ml

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A top grade raw tuocha compressed in 2014 with sheng pu erh tea leaves from 2008. Right after brewing you’ll observe that the leaves are fat and showing orange coloured nerves.

‘Gao Yuan Chen’ series tuocha tea.
Made from natural sun-dried and pan-fried loose leaf tea from the Yunnan large leaf cultivar. The maocha leaves were already 6 years at the time of compression into tuocha in 2014.
Neatly wrapped in cotton paper, inside a strong metal tin.
A product of Yunnan Xiaguan Tuocha (Group) Co,. Ltd

This sheng features dark green leaves that steep a gold yellow liquor. Right after brewing you’ll observe that the leaves are fat and showing orange coloured nerves.

Season: Winter
Tea Caffeine Content: High
Tea Region: Dali
Tea Province: Yunnan
Gluten-free: Yes

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Surprisingly good! This was a gift to me 3 yr ago and has been in dry storage until the time of this tasting. Although it comes in paper wrap AND a decorative tin , the metal has vent holes to ensure proper aging. The vendor says the cake was compressed in 2014 from maocha from 2008, making it now 13 yr old and I believe it. The larger outer leaves pressed in the 100g tuo disguise a seemingly smaller chop inside, as I carefully pried apart the side of the tuo. I used 4 g of dry leaf and steeped in 90 ml boiling water after a 10s wash under hot tap water. I sipped across 12 steepings of gradually increasing length starting at 15 sec. Color ranged from a bright orange the color of the top of the tin, to a deeper orange matching the middle of the tin.
The tea had a very pleasant taste of light spice and modest astringency on the middle of the tongue with notes of chestnut and a pepperiness, and the leaves started as a deep olive green. By steep 6 a vegetal flavor had emerged, but distinct tea flavor remained and the leaves darkened. Although diminishing by the 12th steep of 2 min., the tea still had good flavor, but the leaves had turned to mush and the tasting concluded. Overall a stable flavor and good aroma, and I’ll buy more of this treasured gift.

Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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