1980s Xiaguan Zhubao
Production Year: mid 80’s
Manufacturer: Xia Guan Factory
Type: aged uncooked tou
Leaf grade: similar to 7532, with leaf-buds enhanced on the surfaced
Weight: 250g (real weight 230 +/- 5 g)
Description: A famous and well-pursuit 80’s Xia Guan 250g uncooked tou cha. The original pack was wrapped by bamboo with 5 tous in a pack, hence the nickname “Zhu Bao(Bamboo Wrapped) Ching Tou”. We are excited to receive it and share with you.
The surface looks clean and semi-glossy. A sniff of the tou reveals the aged woody aroma. Though such kind of 80’ aged pu-erh hardly can be totally dry-stored, the appearance and the smell indicate it has mostly been stored in a good condition.
The tou is still very tight, and I have to use a little bread knife to take a sample of it. The aroma, to my surprise, has a hint of minty coolness at first and quickly replaced by the woody and floral fragrance. The liquor has a clean amber color, good clarity. I am happy to see the nice transparency of the liquor, which also hints the good storage condition it has been through. The aged feeling is somewhat like late 80’s or early 90’s with more humid storage. But considering how tight the tou is, and the cleanness of its liquor/aroma, I am confident of its mid-80’s vintage.
The taste is soft and vivid, with a healthy fruity acid feeling, and quite lingering and easy aftertaste. The unfurled leaves are soft and lively, which is a happy sign for aging potential.
I’ve found myself enjoy sniffing at it as much as drinking it – just cannot have enough of the beautiful minty coolness from beneath the woody/fruity aroma!