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2017 Xiaguan XY Yiwu GuaFengZhai Raw Pu Erh Tuo (250g)

2017 Xiaguan XY Yiwu GuaFengZhai Raw Pu Erh Tuo (250g)

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May 24th, 2020

These 250g tuos were pressed with aged material for XY, one of Xiaguan's largest distributors in Guangzhou. XY ordered the original Big Green Tree (actually Green Big Tree) cakes from CNNP and later from Xiaguan. These tuos are very different from the other BGT productions, however, and use material from a specific village in the Yiwu area.

The big surprise for many of us was how aged this tea was when it arrived. I've held these for a further eight months, and they have come along much further in that time.

The tuos now smell sweet and aged, and the sweet aroma intensified after the rinse. I only rinse modern Xiaguan teas once since Xiaguan processing nowadays is much, much cleaner than in the past.

Upon trying this tea today, the first surprise for me was how much umami I got in the cup: this definitely has some of the most intense umami I've had from aged sheng pu erh (and this is aged tea, even if it was pressed in 2017).

I got some oxidized tieguanyin-like character in the liquor as well, which was also a surprise. I previously got more wildflower and honey from this very tuo, so it's definitely changing rapidly over time. There are also characteristic grain-like notes that I find in Xiaguan teas quite often, so I wonder if this tuo is blended with some of their plantation material, or if the barley-like note is a result of unique quirks in their processing.

There is a fruity, date-like aftertaste to this tea, which I detected when I first tried this tea after a few months of warehouse time here in HK. This tea also has light and pleasant kuwei (sweetness after bitterness).

This is a sweet, smooth, pleasant to drink and very clean sheng that blows away all my expectations of what young Xiaguan tea could be like! This definitely doesn't upset my tummy, and in fact is more of a tummy settler for me. Xiaguan definitely produces a wide range of pu erh teas of all types, and this one is just a surprise all around.

I only have seven tuos available at this time from my own storage here in HK!

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