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2014 HK Natural Storage Xiaguan Cang'er Raw Pu Erh Tuo (250g)

2014 HK Natural Storage Xiaguan Cang'er Raw Pu Erh Tuo (250g)

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Update: June 8th, 2021

The market price of these tuos has risen considerably since release! I'd suggest getting one of these before the prices rises even higher.

July 31st, 2020

These 250g tuos have been aged in my warehouse since April 2017, and were purchased directly from one of Yunnan's largest Xiaguan dealers. I've been waiting over three years to try this very famous recipe, and had no idea what to expect in the cup! The Cang'Er series is known to feature high grade material with a sprinkling of fine spring tips. While the tips aren't as beautifully layed out on these tuos as they are on the 500g cake I'll be putting up right after this tuo, I was very impressed by this tuo and believe it to be the best bang-for-buck out of all of the Xiaguan teas I've tried to date, aside from the 2013/2014 Everlasting Love (which is really truly excellent for the money).

This tuo smells like Xiaguan's Dali plantation material when dry, but with some sweetness in the aroma that wouldn't be present in a JiaJi or TeJi tuo. After the rinse, I get some characteristic Xiaguan aged smoke aromatics from the wet leaves. 

The first infusion was a real surprise. While there was some wildflower character I associate with Xiaguan's plantation material. there are lovely sweet floral and fruit aromatics to this material, which I absolutely wasn't expecting. These tuos taste like a nicely aged single origin sheng. There is some light initial bitterness that quickly recedes. I also get a fleeting hint of barley, which is something I find in Xiaguan plantation material after I age it. 

There are no storage notes or characteristic aged notes here whatsoever: this tea has developed beautifully. It is clean, aromatic and smooth. This material has lightly calming and warming cha qi, with a long lasting fruit and sweet wildflower aftertaste with some raisin-like aromatics, as well as sweet candy-like raspberry. I am definitely excited to see how these turn out with a few more years on the clock, and I will happily replace these with more tuos that were pressed on the same date since I'm so amazed by the price-to-quality ratio with these tuos. 

Later infusions brought out blueberries and Japanese grapes, along with background sweet wildflower, and something that reminds me of saffron. I'm really very pleased with these tuos and excited to see how they develop in the years to come!

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