2004 Spring raw puerh Tuo Cha from Xiaguan Tea Factory

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From XiaGuan Tea Factory (Tea Masters)

Tea: Plantation puerh

Harvested/Pressed: April 2004.

Origin: Xiaguan Tea Factory.

Process: raw, sun dried, blended and machine pressed as Tuo Cha. Stored dry in Taiwan.

Weight of a Tuo: 100 gram. 5 Tuo per paper bag (500 gr)

The dry leaves are rather light in color, especially the buds. The pressing of the Tuo is very hard and requires a puerh knife. But once the Tuo is broken, it’s not all too difficult to flake the leaves by hand. The orange brew has a good transparency and shine. The spent leaves are very broken, but they open up completely (not shu) and still have a very green color that indicates that they aged in a dry place.

The dry leaves have a faint scent. These dry scents are clean and herbaceous. The fragrances of the brew are fruity/flowery.

Broken leaves tend to produce more astringency, but with this 2004 Tuo, the age has mellowed down the harsh notes. It tastes rounder than a young Xiaguan Tuo, but still has the characteristic strong raw puerh mouthfeel and long aftertaste.

Conclusion: This Tuo Cha is a good example of a very dry and clean storage. Even after 15 years, it doesn’t have any moldy or basement smell that often occur in a humid environment. It has gained some rounder notes and, thanks to a very attractive price, it’s a good choice for a daily puerh.

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