2008 Xiaguan FT "Exquisite Elegance"

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From Xiaguan Tuocha Co. Ltd.

This production is an entirely new recipe for 2008 based on the “Holy (Tibetan) Flame” brand of Xiaguan. The FT releases were originally all sent to Taiwan, but nowadays some Guangzhou tea sellers and collectors are starting to stock these premium teas! Bao Yan (means Holy Fame) Brand is the brand traditionally used by Tibetan people to make yak butter teas. Other Xiaguan Brands include: White Crane, Bao Yan (Holy Flame or Tibetan Flame), Horse’s Back and the Big G. The “Exquisite Elegance” (or ) Cake is composed of high quality blended material from 2006 and 2007. There is a balanced flavor present and a full thick textured brew that soothes the mouth and throat. Notice the special iron pressing impression for this cake! An extremely limited production!

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I brewed this tonight to continue my sampling of the Mysterious Sheng. I see the previous reviewer hated it. The reviewer in JAS e tea loved it. After drinking the first cup the aroma that lingered in the cup was a lovely mossy pine forest scent that I find to be very nice. However I am not getting these in the flavor. It is giving me that energy that I have got from most of the Sheng that I have had. It steeps quickly and will get strong. I would have to say I am in the middle here. I love the energy it has given me. No doubt. Truly a lovely awakening. As I continue my adventure, I can only say it is a decent brew. Nothing more and nothing less. I am not flying high in the friendly sky with this one….


As always, a lovely, inspiring note! I wish I could feel the “trancendence” and energy that you feel when drinking these beautiful shengs and shus.

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In search of a sheng pu’er to drink at work this morning, I combed through my catalogue and decided to weed out some of my least favorite lingering samples. This was at the bottom and became today’s tea.

I had not remembered how small the leaves were, tiny. I unleashed the remainder of my sample on my larger gaiwan and have now worked through about seven steeps. It isn’t as bad as I remember. It’s not good or great, just not atrocious. Less cigarette butt, less sourness. Still, fairly orange, fairly plain, and fairly ho-hum. It’s got some enjoyable campfire and moss on the frontend of the aroma, but it doesn’t have much complexity to give in the flavor. And while I think I’ve done a better job of brewing this time around, I have no intentions of revisiting this example from Xiaguan.

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