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2005 Kunming / HK Natural Storage Xiaguan Teji Green Barley Raw Tuocha (50g)

2005 Kunming / HK Natural Storage Xiaguan Teji Green Barley Raw Tuocha (50g)

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I bought two of these tuos back in 2016: they had been dry stored in Kunming, and while they showed signs of age back then, they definitely needed some waking up in Hong Kong. Now, in December 2018, they have moved along significantly and are ready to drink!

These tuos apparently contain material from thirty counties of Yunnan in the blend, and there are definitely signs of varied material (but expertly blended for a clean and uniform flavor) in this tea. While there is some bitterness in the liquor, this is very drinkable stuff and the tea has thick body and lovely complex wildflower notes, which I'm very fond of.

The flavor here is nice and thick and the cha qi is remarkable, which I didn't expect. These older 2005 pink box tuos are hard to find nowadays and go for quite the premium. Aging in HK for two years and two months means these tuos are now much easier to break pieces off (Xiaguan tuos have a reputation for being rock solid). You will need a pu erh pick, but it won't take too much effort to break off some clean chunks!

There are aged notes in this tea, as well as some date in the finish, and the caramel-like notes I associate with aged-out smoke from initial processing of the material. There are aromas of agarwood and light camphor here, as well. This is a very well-rounded blended sheng tuo from Xiaguan, and testament to their tea blending prowess!

I only have one full tuo and one 50g sample of this tea available.

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