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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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November 22nd, 2020

I have some Love Forever cakes from much more conservative storage that I am currently not going to offer for sale because they don't express the true potential of the material just yet. Once I am happy with the stage they're at due to storage in my own environment (in a few years!) I'll offer samples of this very popular tea again. 

I personally believe this tea is a bit overhyped since the market believes it may contain older Lao Banzhang material: while it is a great tea when aged just right, I don't personally think it is worth the current market price.

I do believe you get a wonderful and very comparable experience from the Everlasting Love cakes I offer, and for much less money, so I do suggest trying those as well! 

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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