2012 Xiaguan FT Taiwan 6 Raw Pu-erh tuo cha in box

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  • “I like Xiaguan for two reasons: One, they’re cheap. ’Nuff said. Two, the flavor profile most closely matches my very first pu’erh experience, which was in China at a family’s home. I still...” Read full tasting note
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The tea has typically strong and pungent cha qi, while the thickness of the tea in the mouth is felt. Compression is relatively tight, but typical for Xiaguan tuo cha. This is an optimum tea for long-term aging, but could also be enjoyed immediately by those aficionados of young sheng!

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I like Xiaguan for two reasons:

One, they’re cheap. ’Nuff said.

Two, the flavor profile most closely matches my very first pu’erh experience, which was in China at a family’s home. I still remember being amazed at this complex, earthy, savory and sweet, intriguing tea that was worlds away from what I knew as tea. Every time I drink Xiaguan it’s like a trip down memory lane.

The flavor profile here is that rich stable-meets-cigar-humidor flavor that is both challenging and intriguing for your palate. It is definitely on the more savory side of things, but there is a nice dried fruit, lemongrass, and hops sweetness that arrives in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

Highly recommended for the price. Also, grab a handful of walnuts while you drink – it goes well with the experience.
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Dry leaf: stable, hay, tobacco, cigar humidor. In preheated vessel – some fruit notes of dried date and prune arrive.

Smell: strongly brewed black tea blend, hay, stable, tobacco. Some marine/seashore notes.

Taste: hay, strongly brewed black tea blend, black walnut, green tobacco. Hops-like bitterness and sweetness. Some black pepper and seashore notes. Dried date and lemongrass in finish and aftertaste.

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