2008 Xiaguan "Golden 8100"

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Boiling 2 oz / 65 ml

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  • “Cleaning out the sample closet, I polished off this example recently. My opinion of this tea has declined even further. The interior of the cake is really rough and finely chopped. The first few...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So… I bought this cake a few years ago despite not-great reviews. I did try a sample. It was NOT a blind buy. It was a time when I learned about Guangdong dry storage and what an amazing...” Read full tasting note
  • “Bought this via http://www.kingteamall.com/product/2008-xiaguan-golden-8100-beeng-cake-357g-yunnan-menghai-organic-puer-raw-tea-weight-loss-slim-beauty-sheng-cha/ This is one solid cake at this...” Read full tasting note

From Xiaguan Tuocha Co. Ltd.

This is a new Xiaguan recipe for 2007. The first release of the 8100 recipe was in 2007 in the form a 250 gram round box tuo. This 2008 cake is composed of blended Pu-erh from spring 2006 and 2007. It is blended in a typical Xiaguan style so the brewed flavor is well-balanced. The “cha qi” is heavy, and there is a sweet after-taste. The brewed liquor is clear and dark gold in color. One of the better Xiaguan cakes released in the last 2 years.

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Cleaning out the sample closet, I polished off this example recently. My opinion of this tea has declined even further. The interior of the cake is really rough and finely chopped. The first few steeps are cloudy! A touch sour, with a bit of ash, and some aged mesquite bark. A yellow color, thankfully, but heavy on the forward and back bitterness. The more pu’er I drink, the less interested I become in these heavily cut, strongly processed big factory names.

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Usually I wouldn’t remark on a tea I didn’t like. But I realize now how helpful a negative review can be to others. Thanks for this as well as your other puerh reviews.

TeaGull

I try to stay away from being needlessly negative, but think it’s important that positive reviews are balanced with negative ones. The scores do add up and it helps the cream rise to the top. Plus, there are so many teas to choose from, I find negative reviews very helpful to steer away from things I may not want to direct my monies at.

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So… I bought this cake a few years ago despite not-great reviews. I did try a sample. It was NOT a blind buy. It was a time when I learned about Guangdong dry storage and what an amazing transformation it gives factory teas.

4.5g/60ml yixing 212F/100C
It is not heavily compressed. I was afraid I’d need to chisel it but leaves were falling off easily with my regular pu knife.

It does smell smoky but it doesn’t translate into brew. It is not heavy tobacco (I’m not a fan of strong tobacco or smoke)
Instead it’s somewhere in the background. Just a hint, reminder “I was smoky before ;D”

Spice tingling, minty cool, rather soft and powdery with cherry plummy hints. Empty cup smelled of herbs and incense.

My only wish I picked more of it cuz the price was right. It is not a complex tea but very comforting and satisfying.

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Preparation
Boiling 4 tsp 2 OZ / 65 ML
mrmopar

Hi there old friend!

boychik

Hi mrmopar! ;D

__Morgana__

Hi from me, too!

boychik

Hi Morgana ;)

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Bought this via http://www.kingteamall.com/product/2008-xiaguan-golden-8100-beeng-cake-357g-yunnan-menghai-organic-puer-raw-tea-weight-loss-slim-beauty-sheng-cha/

This is one solid cake at this point. Real depth from the harder pressing and the disappearing smoke.The brew is dark yellow and the smell is really aligned with the taste which makes it really enjoyable. Either this tea has one heck of a lasting taste to it or whatever I ate is reemerging from earlier.

Quite glad that I have a full cake after having this session. It might be the ugliest and one of the tightest things that I own, but it surely has character.

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