2003 Xiaguan Tuo Raw Pu erh – Malaysian Storage

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  • “This tea is a solid performer, but not likely to knock anyone’s socks off. Another five to ten years of somewhat damp storage would likely do it favors, as it has fallen into the usual Xiaguan trap...” Read full tasting note

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This is the ‘hard to find’ 2003 Xiaguan tuo in dark green box. This 100g raw pu erh tuo is already 13 years old and it is a special treat that this tuo is Malaysian stored which gave the the pu erh a distinct aged taste and aroma due to year-round hot and humid climate of the region.

I had purchased this Xiaguan tuo from a fellow Malaysian tea collector friend. He drinks and collects Chinese tea and had to make some space to store his recent tea acquisitions (I thought it was only me that had this problem).

This tea is very well stored; very clean with no off smells. This tea when brewed is strong and impressive. It has nice woody, herbal and floral complexities that will please any pu erh tea drinker. Slightly intoxicating. A nice tuo to own for reference to old Xiaguan tea and the famed Malaysian storage.

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This tea is a solid performer, but not likely to knock anyone’s socks off. Another five to ten years of somewhat damp storage would likely do it favors, as it has fallen into the usual Xiaguan trap of being compressed to the point that it remains intact for future archeological excavations.

Still, the Malaysian storage has done this great favors, as it’s much, more more quaffable than similar Xiaguan (including the 04 cake from AiEC I previously reviewed, interestingly enough). It’s just a long way from here to there with the way Xiaguan starts out, and while the smoke has receded to an excellent level to simply be a flavor complement as opposed to the be all/end all, there’s a depth to the best factory teas that this hadn’t achieved yet. It hints at it, but for now, it’s more of a tease than reality.

If you trust your storage and like old factory tuos though, this is a great price to get in on if you think it’ll get to where some of the better tuos have. I believe it can, but not likely sitting in its cardboard box in my cabinet.

So essentially… sorry green box tuo, it really not you, it’s me.

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