Xikong 2012 Autumn

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Bitter, Hay, Honey, Sweet, Flowers
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “Breaking this out as the "Chairman’ has picked and ordered for destiny in my cup. This tea is loosely compressed out of the sample bag. A nice hay and clover aroma to it. I got out 10 grams for...” Read full tasting note
  • “Dry – Fairly sweet and aromatic for a autumn cake, some floral notes. Wet – Thick Honey and a more apparent floral scent. Liquor – Mid amber color. I got this tea as a sample from my order from...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have to admit, I bought this one because me and my wife just loved the wrapper. You should visit Tea Urchin’s website to see what I mean. Very cute. But it is an autumn pu erh, and it shows. It...” Read full tasting note
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From Tea Urchin

This Autumn’s Xikong is so good we decided to press 200g mini-cakes so more people can experience it. The tea has length, depth and complexity, with a tantalizing sweet aftertaste that fills the mouth & throat. Simply delicious to drink now, it also has great potential for aging.

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Breaking this out as the "Chairman’ has picked and ordered for destiny in my cup. This tea is loosely compressed out of the sample bag. A nice hay and clover aroma to it. I got out 10 grams for the Yixing to start with. Dry leaf very nice looking. gave it a 5 second wash to open it up. Wet lea has a nice floral aroma to it. Brew is a light yellow color. I did 2 quick steeps for the cup. It is a “mixed” bag. Some sweet some bitter but not overpowering in either category. It is more of a “soft” tea with a little tongue buzz but not punchy like a spring tea. I would guess this would be a very nice “starter” sheng to bring someone into puerh. As mentioned in earlier notes I think a Spring version would have a bit more strength and punch to it. A nice really easy drinking Sheng with none of the notes of a Spring tea. Aroma on this is really good and I quote another “Spring tea for the strength and Autumn for the aroma”.
A nice easy to drink Sheng that shouldn’t keep me awake too long after drinking. Relaxing and very mild one to have. Slight honey aftertaste.

Flavors: Bitter, Hay, Honey, Sweet

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

Yay the Chairman is back!

mrmopar

Yeah the “Chairman” hopes the site will stay current and not lose all the notes.

ashmanra

My daughter is laughing as I read this to her. She loves the “Chairman!”

Kirkoneill1988

too bad ys does not have it

Kirkoneill1988

ouch! tea urchin is kind of expensive :(

JC

Yeah, I felt the same way about this. And for the price you can get better ones. Spring Xi Kongs are mellow, but delicious Shengs.

DarkStar

I wonder if the price tag was the same when they first released it. It seems expensive for an Autumn tea. However I would not be too harsh on Tea Urchin. Their Guafengzhai 2012 is priced at $199. Look at Essence Of Tea’s 2014 Guafengzhhai price at £340 (nearly $550). You can get nearly 3 cakes of Tea Urchin’s for the same price and with a little big of age. It is all subjective…aged puerh appears to be the better deal at the moment…look at Tea Classico and white2tea…their prices are very reasonable for aged sheng. Raw young sheng is becoming more and more expensive.

mrmopar

Oh no It wasn’t meant to be harsh. Tea urchin has very good tea I just like one that kicks my teeth in when I drink it. It is nicely balanced I just like the kick of some teas.
They are great sellers and I have quite a bit of their stuff.

DarkStar

I was referring to Kirkoneill’s comment about Tea Urchin being expensive.

Yeah I’m with you on that one…I prefer to have puerh that kicks my teeth in also :)

mrmopar

I got you. I like the kick a lot. I just had a Menghai Sheng brick from 2005. A bit musty but a heck of a kick to it.

Kirkoneill1988

either way, i prefer ordering from yunnan sourcing :)

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Dry – Fairly sweet and aromatic for a autumn cake, some floral notes.
Wet – Thick Honey and a more apparent floral scent.
Liquor – Mid amber color.

I got this tea as a sample from my order from TeaUrchin.

This tea started as a fairly surprising pleasure since it started with a very pleasant honeyed sweetness and some thickness although it was very limited compared to Spring offerings I’ve had. The broth had a fairly good hold and the Huigan lingered in the tongue for a while.

After the third steep the broth started going very thin and astringency started to become more apparent. The overall experience was OK, if you want a Puerh for work or to drink on the go this is a good choice, otherwise I’d recommend keeping with Spring offerings to fully enjoy the mouth-feel and apparent deep honey notes that Xi Kong can offer.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

Preparation
Boiling

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I have to admit, I bought this one because me and my wife just loved the wrapper. You should visit Tea Urchin’s website to see what I mean. Very cute. But it is an autumn pu erh, and it shows. It has a pleasant enough flavor, but it just lacks zip and zing. It is very safe to drink now while young, with very little astringency, well balanced and mellow. I still stand by my statement that Tea Urchin teas are outstanding, this one is definitely pretty good.

mrmopar

I think I got the picture up for this one.

boychik

i’ve never seen wrappers like that.

boychik

Thanks for the link. I love it

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