2007 Xiaguan "Xiao Fa" Tuo Ripe

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 44 g 5 oz / 138 ml

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From Xiaguan Tuocha Co. Ltd.

2007 Xiaguan “Xiao Fa” Tuo Ripe 100g
The “Xiao Fa” or “Little French” tuo is a classic Xiaguan Ripe Pu-erh tuo tea. It has been produced since the 1970’s. It was the first Pu-erh tea to be exported to western countries. This 2007 Ripe tuo is smooth with a camphor and wood aroma and a sweet taste.

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An inexpensive ripe puer classic from Xiaguan. I bought this tea long time ago but completely forgot that I had it. After rediscovering it, I have had couple of sessions with it and found it pretty nice ripe puer. First steepings were still pretty light, but after the start the tea expressed very nice smooth ripe puer aromas, which is exactly what you could expect from good ripe puer. Under the earthy and woody taste the tea had nice underlying sweetness with maybe hints of vanilla and cherry. The soup was nice and smooth and sometimes the mouthfeel was even somewhat buttery.

In the end this tuo was very enjoyable for its price. Really good contender for a daily drinker tea and I think I’ll buy more of this in the future, but maybe production from different year for comparative reasons.

Flavors: Earth, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 80 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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I’ve been drinking this on and off all day. A very SMOOTH rich solid shu here. Very clean, lightly earthy but no musty dirty notes. I got raisin and a faint hint of cocoa in later steeps. Quite enjoyable! :D


Do you order direct or do you have a local source? Loose pu-erh is as good as it gets locally—no cakes to be found.


This one was a gift from a friend, I’ve not made many puer orders yet, just a few things from mandala. I’m feeling things out and decided what I like before I start collecting. Plus I can’t afford a lot with my budget :) no local sources I’ve found either!


gmathis – Most of us are without good local sources for puerh cakes so we order from a few reliable local US sellers (Mandala and Puerhshop.com) are frequently mentioned choices for many on Steepster) or directly from China sellers (Yunnan Sourcing and White2tea are two popular sellers) and, finally, sellers on both Ebay and Aliexpress are used by many of us. The particular Xiaguan tuo mentioned by Stephanie can be found at Yunnan Sourcing or Angelina’s Teas (a smaller US tea seller). Please contact me if you need more specifics or seller info.

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301 tasting notes

Overall this is a surprisingly enjoyable tea. The 100g tuo is a classic Xiaguan ripe puerh. I’ve had it aging a bit for the past year. Tight compression but careful picking made it fairly easy to break apart. Very dark leaf without any golden teabuds. Dark tea soup with a pleasant aroma – did not detect the typical Xiaguan smoke (a plus for me since I am not fond of the smoke in my puerh). The sip is smooth and woody – a bit leather like. The flavor profile presents a bit of spice in the background. This recipe was originally made for export to France and has maintained its consistency. This is a budget friendly tea (purchased in mid-2013 for $6.50) and offers a favorable quality/price ratio. Definitely a respectable daily drinking shu.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 145 ML

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