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This may have been one of my least favorite sheng pu-erhs. The iron compression was dense, but easily extractable. Numerous small, dark leaves. My favorite part of this tea was the initial aroma from the first steeping. It had the intensity of warm beeswax, oozing honey and just glowing. A dingy orange soup made for a less inviting experience. Flavors were all over the place, damp moss, rough tobacco (not the elegant, floral pipe or aged wrapper, but maybe wet cigarette or old burnt cigar), and tree bark. The most noticeable sensation was a parching “cooked” bitterness, as if it were blended with some hongcha. The finish was thin, with little viscosity or sweetness. Unbalanced.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Xiaguan sheng puerhs are famous (or imfamous?) for their heavy tobacco (yeah, not even smokey, but as you said, tobacco!) taste when being young. Many people say when Xiaguan sheng gets older, it will out-perform many other sheng puerh. I haven’t yet stored a sheng for that long time to see, but plan to open my 2004 xiaguan tuo in probably 2012 :D

the_skua

Interesting. I’m not in an hurry to get back to this sample, so we’ll see how it is down the road a ways.

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Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Xiaguan sheng puerhs are famous (or imfamous?) for their heavy tobacco (yeah, not even smokey, but as you said, tobacco!) taste when being young. Many people say when Xiaguan sheng gets older, it will out-perform many other sheng puerh. I haven’t yet stored a sheng for that long time to see, but plan to open my 2004 xiaguan tuo in probably 2012 :D

the_skua

Interesting. I’m not in an hurry to get back to this sample, so we’ll see how it is down the road a ways.

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Exploring the world of fine Chinese and Japanese teas, my favorites include: sheng pu’er, moderately roasted oolongs, gyokuro, shincha, and high quality, artisanal whites and greens. I don’t subscribe to any particular style of brewing, but incorporate elements from traditional techniques to brew the best tea possible. I also seek to share the joy that tea brings me with others, but am really rather introverted.

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