Xiaguan Tea Factory (Dragon Tea House)

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I bought this tuo to compare it with the 2009 boxed version as I was dealing with the doubt of buying more boxed tuos or a tong of non boxed (and finally I bought a tong of Te Ji).

I don’t know if this tuo has been stored in a closed tong, but if it has been it will benefit of a few years of ‘outbox’ storage.

I’ve used 3.6gr of leaves as I know that xiaguan tuos use to be really strong in flavour. The tuo smells smoky. It’s really really high pressed, I had some trouble to break a part of it.

I have used boiling water:

7sec: the flavour it’s soft, with a hint of sweetness and spices. No bitterness or smoke flavour.

10sec: it’s a little bit astringent, the flavour it’s more spicy, sweet aftertaste.

10sec: sweet flavour, spicy (pepper) and astringent aftertaste.

After resting for a night:

15sec: softer flavour than in the previous step. Smooth sweetness, soft spices, light astringent aftertaste.

I have brew it today with water under the boiling point and flash steeps (around 5sec) and the spicy flavour it has been really weak. I have step it 3 times, the same leaves amount than the previous session (the detailed previously) and it’s really smooth. I will continue with this tuo this evening after the gym and I will update in comments. I will continue steeping with water under the boiling point.

After some hours resting, I’m going to do 3 more flash steps:

*The first one it has some smoky flavour and astringency but with a light sweet aftertaste.
*The second one it’s sweet. With no smoke and maybe a very light astringency.
*The third one it’s sweet and smooth.

This is a really good everyday tuo if you like something strong and spicy as it’s not expensive. I think that it will be better to age it at least an other 3-5 years.

It’s very different from what I remember about the 2009 boxed tuo. I will review it this Christmas to compare it properly and I will also compare it with the Te Ji when it arrives.

For what I have read, this is the typical Xiaguan taste.

Flavors: Pepper, Smoke, Spicy, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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This is a fairly good tea.

The first time I brew it western style with 90ºC aprox and it was astringent and bitter, but the second time I brew it faster and it was sweet, with fruity tones, I think it was a peach or apricoat flavour.

I recommend to brew it fast.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter Melon, Fruity, Peach, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 110 OZ / 3253 ML
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This receipes, use to be the same every year right? So then the flavour doesn’t change much between years (not taking into account the aging). I’m right?


im not sure, but it is a great tea :)

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