2011 Xiaguan "Red Star" Raw

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Floral, Oak wood, Smoke, Soap, Tobacco, Astringent, Biting, Bitter
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 5 oz / 138 ml

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2011 Xiaguan “Red Star” Iron Cake Raw 357g
2011 high grade tea from Xiaguan factory. Based upon former 81 iron cake. Spring tea leaves from 1600m high mountains. The tea has a strong aroma with transparent yellow liquor, clean, crisp and coated the throat after-taste. Ready to drink now but a very nice tea for further aging.

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2011 Xiaguan Red Star courtesy very generous Steepstarian. This one is throaty all the way. I started in on it yestiddy. It takes about five infusions or so to get beyond the grown-up taste of tobacco and bitter. Already has some organgish tinge to it.

The yun with this is v. good. Very complex tastes of crayolas, oak, dish soap, laundry powder, some bitterness. It really roaches the mouth, especially as I’ve gotten deeper into it today. First run of a minute today had me feeling flowers and that tidal rise of heat that comes with those that possess power qi. Next round, a minute and a half maybe (this might be more than the 10th infusion, I do a pretty horrible job of tracking) feels and tastes like I’ve tumble-dried my mouth with a ghaddam Downy drier sheet. I hate those things.

I remember as I drank it yesterday that beside having a power phlegm-cutting penchant that my sense of what I was drinking would go back and forth between grown-up tea and something kinda Jennifer Anniston. I don’t watch movies but I suppose she’s supposed to be the “fresh girl next door type,” not too intimidating.

The aroma is equally complex with all that Downy and dishwater, with a hint of musk. You ever had a really good oaky white wine where the taste hangs on and you’ve determined that you’d really found the right wine for the occasion? Me neither and the only occasions life affords me are these cyber rants fueled by tea inebriation. As you get into it, some of the trademark Xiaguan smoke comes through. I’m breathing deeper, and feeling a bit zonkers. My head is kinda pounding. I had enough of this for today. I’m too much of a light-weight. Red Star has kicked my arse.

Flavors: Floral, Oak wood, Smoke, Soap, Tobacco

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
boychik

I do get soapy flavor from some tea too. I always thought imagining it

JC

I’ve definitely gotten soap like notes from some teas, and even notes that resemble the scent of #2 pencil shavings (specially from aged Xiaguan ripes).

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