Oz 2016 Xigui Big Tree Raw Puer

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Pu-erh Tea
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 3 oz / 88 ml

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  • “Straightforward tobacco flavor but very good texture and finish. 2nd steep: Some dark spice in the nose. Tobacco, wood, and tar flavors, with hints of bitterness. Astringent in the finish. Good...” Read full tasting note
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Arguably one of the top 3 regions in Yunnan with regard to reputation (and consequently price), Xigui is known for its distinct and lasting fragrance. This tea is comprised of a mixture of big tree and old tree material, which we interpret as being in the 70-100 year range, and 100+ years respectively.

This 2016 raw puer has an otherworldly fragrance that is without comparison. A perfume-like orchid scent fills the mouth and sticks to the throat. While its high notes take center stage, this tea also offers up a pleasant kuwei and lasting huigan that provide a pleasant diversion.

Already 1 year old, this is a tea that is likely to make a good investment as it both fills out further with age and as Xigui’s prices continue to rise.

We recommend this tea for experienced drinkers or those who are looking to understand the differences between top tier puer and, well, everything else. While those who have limited experience with puer or Lincang region teas can likely still enjoy this tea, we advise drinking one’s way up first, with this tea being an excellent starting point.

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Straightforward tobacco flavor but very good texture and finish. 2nd steep: Some dark spice in the nose. Tobacco, wood, and tar flavors, with hints of bitterness. Astringent in the finish. Good body. 3rd: The rich texture is the best part of this tea. Dark flavors, and rich finish. Pretty good cha qi. Several more good steeps.

I found the tea very interesting but a bit too dark for me. I would recommend it on an absolute basis, but I’m not sure it is a particularly good value at the price.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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