Stephane of Teamasters gave me this whole toucha for review a year ago and I’m just getting to sample it now. It’s a...
don’t you find it super strange that most xiaguan toucha seem to always be 2004? Hahahha…. I used to own a few very dry stored 2004 purple boxes of Tie Jia over the years and they always seemed to satisfy. This one is red wrappered… and very cheap… but will it still satisfy…
Dry leaves are slight smokey woody paper faint sweet.
First infusion is a flat tangy smoky woody taste. The mouthfeeling is a tight slight dryness. There is a smoky finish in the mouth.
The second infusion has a woody almost cherry taste over a dry mouthfeeling but mainly smoky sweet almost menthol finish. Qi starting to alert and wake up.
The third infusion has a woody menthol taste with some smoke and dry mouthfeeling. A tiny sweetness of cherry is pined faintly underneath. Slowly alerting Qi.
The fourth infusion is woody, smoky, with a very slight almost cherry taste. The mouthfeeling is dry. The taste simple. The Qi steady.
The fifth infusion is woody, smoky and the cool cup has hints of caramel now. Slightly sandy mouthfeeling with a bit of salivating feeling. Nice alerting.
The sixth infusion has an almost talc rose under the dominating woody taste with a returning woody smoke caramel taste. The mouthfeeling is slightly sandy with a bit of salivation with the retuning sweetness.
The seventh infusion has a woody faint smoke with faint cherry then a slight creamy caramel returning sweetness. Salivating returning creamy mild caramel taste.
The eighth infusion has an even longer creamy caramel sweetness to it. This infusion is the sweetness so far a bit of cherry and then caramel in the aftertaste. The mouthfeeling is developing a stickiness to it.
The ninth has a woody kind of bitter bland onset that is a bit caramel in the aftertaste. The mouthfeeling has become a bit sticky. Qi is getting me through the day.
The tenth has a smoky berry sweetness then a returning creamy caramel sweetness. There is some woodiness in there and a bit of faint smoke, still simple but classic Xiaguan tastes.
The 11th I mug steep out simply because the day gets crazy busy. It gives off a vegetal woody bark bitter bland not that sweet smoky taste.
(image those typical looking Xiaguan factory chopped up spent wet leaves pictured here)
Simple and reliable Xiaguan toucha that was a perfect harmonizing tea for me on a day that I didn’t want to fuss much and was too busy to over think. I love the classic simplicity of xiaguan. It’s never amazing puerh but it always meets expectations- this one did.