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2013 Guangdong Natural Storage Xiaguan FT "Love Forever" (50g)

2013 Guangdong Natural Storage Xiaguan FT "Love Forever" (50g)

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April 18th, 2020

I am temporarily suspending my Love Forever cakes from sale because I don't think they express the true potential of the material just yet (they were stored very conservatively before I got them). Once I am happy with the stage they're at due to storage in my own environments (home and warehouse), I'll offer samples of this very unique tea again!

This is the 2013 paper tong Xiaguan FT Love Forever. There has been a lot of online buzz about this tea in the English-speaking tea world, and for good reason. The seemingly cheesy wrapper references the fact that '2013' sounds like 'love you all my life' in Mandarin. The cake is a blend of material from different areas in Yunnan. Apparently a certain percentage of this cake is Banzhang area material. There is also supposedly gushu material in the mix: whether there is Banzhang area gushu or material from elsewhere in Yunnan (or no gushu material at all) is up for debate. This tea is, however, a very special experience, and well worth trying!

This tea was aged in Guangdong natural storage and the flavor profile is really surprising. My supplier for this cake only had a single tong that he aged himself, so the depth of aging is greater than you'd expect from a larger warehouse (where a more controlled environment is par for course to minimize loss due to mold). I found this tea's cha qi to be very powerful and energizing, like Banzhang-area gushu, and then calming, but the real standout for me with this tea was the intense dark cherry flavor of the liquor of this particular cake. The dry leaf smelled like aged Bulang material, but there's definitely something special about this blend for that cherry note to be dominant in the liquor! I pushed this tea hard in the first infusion, and got tolerable bitterness and light astringency. 

The second infusion was less bitter since I didn't push the tea quite as hard, and some orange flavor arose (along with the dominant dark cherry note). This is a great tea, and while I can't offer this tea for as reasonable a price as other vendors can, I am offering up samples since my LF appears to have seen more intense storage than other cakes on the market, and there has been a great deal of interest in trying my version of the cake. 

Please note only a very limited number of samples and cakes are available from this vendor. If the cakes are sold before I get a chance to purchase them, I will refund you in full.

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