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2012 HK Natural Storage Xiaguan FT #6 Raw Pu Erh Tuo (100g)

2012 HK Natural Storage Xiaguan FT #6 Raw Pu Erh Tuo (100g)

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July 29th. 2020

I bought ten of these tuos in April 2017, aged them in my warehouse, and only just got around to trying them! I didn't know what to expect from this tea, since Xiaguan productions are highly variable, and not everything they put out is my cup of tea (so to speak). These were a pleasant surprise, and I'm definitely looking to replace these tuos with more once they're sold.

Please note the actual color of the tuo is closer to the picture of the tuo after I broke some off. The compression of this tuo isn't too tight (for a Xiaguan tuo) after over three years in my warehouse in Hong Kong.

The liquor had surprising umami to it, as well as lovely huigan, and a sweet, floral character that is very different from standard Xiaguan plantation material. The floral character is much sweeter and softer than a Jiaji, for example, but has enough intensity to make this a very interesting tea to drink. There is no astringency or bitterness left in this material, even after a good, long steep.

I do get a whisper of barley from the tuo, which is reminiscent of Xiaguan's plantation material, but also caught a tiny hint of hongcha character, which was unexpected. Fei Tai productions are supposed to be higher quality, and in this case, it appears the adage is true. These are really quite lovely for the money and I'm very pleased with how they turned out after aging. This tea has some of the best huigan I've had from any sheng at any price point, which is certainly impressive. There is also a citrus-like note that is reminiscent of chenpi (aged orange peel) in the aftertaste, which is longlasting and nicely balances out the overall drinking experience with this tea.

My storage is very active and clean, and there are no flavors you would associate with storage in this tea at all: as with any pu erh tea, I think you'd find these tuos would turn out very differently from other sources, but trying them side by side (or back to back) would certainly make for a very interesting comparison!

I have nine of these tuos available for sale, since the first one was sacrificed to sampling (and I'll be sending out samples of this tuo with orders in the weeks to come).

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