2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box

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2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box
2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box 2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box 2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box
2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box 2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box 2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box
2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box 2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box 2008 Xiaguan FT Xizi (Happy) Tuo Cha Raw 100g in Box

Category: Pu-erh

Country: China

Province: Yunnan

Date of production: 3rd March 2008

Producer: Xiaguan Tea Factory

Shop: Cha Wang Shop

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Xizi tuo is one of famous Xiaguan Fei Tai products. Used high quality blend of 1-3 years aged materials and pressed on spring 2008. This make the tea taste much more mature than other 2008 teas. There are few fat and silver buds on the top of tuo, it's a typical sign of Fei Tai products.

"FT(For Taiwan)" means this brick was a special order of "Fei Tai" Company. Fei Tai Company is the biggest Xiaguan TF and Menghai TF pu-erh tea distributor in Taiwan. It is claimed that the customized products of Fei Tai company reaches a higher quality in Xiaguan TF.

This is one of powerful blend for long term aging. Dry leaves have hint of tobacco. Thick and full mouth-feel, fast huigan and woody sweet with very long after taste.

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Eternal Spring
30.12.2014 17:18:43
Eternal Spring

Don't Worry, Be Happy

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Toucha is denoted by FT, which carries goods intended for export to Taiwan. Another typical feature of these export nests from Xiaguan are extra large buds on the surface. Tea looks even better on the pictures, but there's not many buds like that inside ;-) It's a classic chopped leaf material, although I find leaves bigger than usually. It is a bland of 1-3 year material pressed on spring 2008.

The smell of dry tea is quite smoky. Initially, steamed leaves smells distinctly smoky and after tobacco, but the smell rapidly turns into a pronounced fruity aroma.

The first infusion turns cloudy. It depends what kind of piece you manage to break off. Tea is firmly pressed, and it's not a fun to chop off a piece : -] If it's more crushed tea, you have to be quick.

The taste is very pronounced. Contains a lot of smokiness, but it is not unpleasant. Taste again passes into the fruitiness with the typical Xiaguan astringency. It is leaving an intense sweet finish in the mouth. The first infusion gives relatively strong tobacco overtones. Smokiness and tobacco tones disappear after 3-4 infusions and remains only fruitiness. Stamina is decent. I used 7g of tea with 1.5 liter of water. There is a big potential for further aging and perhaps smokiness will be gone after some time.

The price is still favorable, although there was a slight price increase since my purchase. Well, we are almost getting used to it. Purchased 10pcs for $50.

So, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and enjoy your cup of tea.

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