Xia guan Tuo Cha （下关沱茶）
Xia Guan Tuo Cha ,also named Yunnan Tuo Cha that has origin from the Ming Dynasty. It is one of compressed forms of Pu Er Tea, usually it`s smaller than pu-erh tea cake,that is easily to carry to anywhere,therefore it had been popular during the Ancient
Tea Route. Xiaguan Tuo Cha is known as high quality tea with long history and typical intensive Cha Qi with smoky flavor.
Wet but clean stored vintage sheng pu-erh as expected releases dark gold tea soup. Apart of the regular bitter notes there is a some sweet base at the background showing up after wet-wood texture at the beginning. This could be a good option for those who like old teas but not afraid of wet storage.
Sheng pu-erh from Xiaguan pressed into the 250g brick without any wrapping, 5 bricks in the paper pack. If buy single brick we wrap it into the paper bag for you. This one has much lighter smokey notes in taste than the younger (2017) version and hint of maturing is very much there. Pleasant woody notes along with typical Xiaguan taste. After few cups...
Hard pressed tuo from 2012 which is made only for export to Taiwan. The fruity scent will fill your room if you brew it in gaiwan. Intensive Smoky notes are present of course but dominating "cha qi" will really heat you up. Comfortable sweet mouth feel along with gentle "hui gan". Very good drinker for the cold days!
Shu pu-erh from Xiaguan company made for Tibetan monks. Pressed tuo in traditional mushroom shape gives clean dark red tea soup which is rich and sweet . Nice dry storage with woody notes giving to tea an old taste. Although this tuo is not that old, but it had gone through the aging process which is noticeable in taste.
Pleasant taste of selected top grade tea material and pressed tuo from Xiaguan company well balanced with light smokey notes and sweet mouth feel after. Very good daily drinker for reasonable price or decent candidate for storage if u manage to resist and not drink it for few years. Small pieces of "ma ti" might suggest that small arbors are also involved.
Gentle hazelnut scent with touch of wood would be probably the main characteristics of this well made tuo cha. Rich golden tea liquor is smooth but has also stimulating and warming ability with sweet sensation in mouth. Typical characteristics of Xiaguan tuocha, like smokiness and touch of orchids are well balanced. This sheng pu-erh tuo cha is packed...
Identically similar box and wrapper inside with 2016y makes a bit confusing. Although this one is 2014 year, not full 2 years difference is between those two, since 14 is autumn and 16 is spring one. However, there is a bit difference in flavor.This tuo has much settled taste without "dui wei" notes and releases its creamy richness after 3+ infusions....
this hard pressed sheng tuo fills room with intensive smokey scent within the first infusion. Clean yellow tea soup is rich and full in mouth with sweet sensations under tongue followed buy gentle huigan. Typical characteristics for young sheng tuo cha from this company.
"You will be eating smoked sausage" as mouth sensation appears like with the first infusion from this hard pressed tuo cha. Meaty flavor will fade away with 2nd steep and persistent typical smoky flavor is accompanied by gentle sweetness. Noticeably bitter but not astringent tea liquor will gain on sweetness if you play around with brewing time.