Xiaguan tea factory(Berylleb on Ebay)

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Recent Tasting Notes

This was singled out by “Chairman Meow” this afternoon. The chairman was showed 2 choices and this was her pick. After making it she made a quick exit from the scene.
Brewed in the Gaiwan.
This was gifted by a tea chum because Xia Guan’s can be somewhat smoky. Well actually not somewhat but in about all cases.
The dry leaf has a little fruit and dried apple to it. I am thinking 10 years old maybe the smoke is gone. It was till I hit it with the rinse, poured it out and opened it up to inhale the aroma and it pops your senses.
Color is an almost bronze but I have 6 year old tea with more color. Probably due to XG’s tight compression. The brew is definitely full on puerh.
Full on woody, smoky, tannic ,citrus and bitter notes. The first 2 cups have been strong and punchy. It gives the slightest hits of sweetness as a quickly fading taste at the end of the swallow. It gives a nice feeling with a warming sensation as you finish.
Not for ones that don’t like smoke but it would be a nice one for those that don’t mind that or the bitterness of it.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Smoke, Tannic, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

Nice young sheng. Still has some of the astringency but less than other teas this young. My guess is since it is a tribute toucha then gong ting leaves were used to make it. Very good mouth feel, it has a camphor taste that last a while turning to a slightly bitter dryness. Has a salty almost “broth” taste to it with a little citrus in there too. Nice to be as young as it is. Hopefully in the years coming this will continue to evolve. I used 9 grams in the easy gaiwan 5 second steeps after a 10 second wash.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

This one looks good to me. I’m starting to like those Tuo Cha shapes, the quality is quite good, in general. Apparently, it was a highly traded commodity in the early 1900s. Still going strong!


Agreed and these tribute teardrops seem to have a high grade leaf in them. I have the “Bulang” version should arrive tomorrow if the tracking is correct. After a week to re-hydrate in the pumidor I will probably get into it also.

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