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28 August 2008 @ 06:33 pm
Mystery Xiaguan Tuocha Tasting notes  
This is a thread for reviewing the Mystery Xiaguan Tuocha that was posted about on August 23. People who requested samples have started receiving them, so feel free to post your impressions any time it is convenient.

Reviewers, you might want to refrain from reading this thread until you have had a chance to form your own impressions.

If you don't have a livejournal account, I'll be happy to post any reviews sent to me via teachats private message system.

On Monday Samples were sent to;
B. H. in Zip code 19805
T. A. in Zip code 32605
W. C. in Zip code 97405
W. Y. in Zip code 91125

On Wednesday samples were sent to
J. F. In Zip code 90067
A. B. in Zip code 97206

Hope you have your tea in hand very soon!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
salsero_de_te on August 29th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
I'm stoked. This is fun! Thanks so much J.C.
[satyriasis] - Jason: Song Hebearsbearsbears on August 29th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Got my sample! Many thanks! Will edit this comment with a review, hopefully by Sunday.
salsero_de_te on August 29th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Same for me! Came today, hope to taste tomorrow night.
EJjadecicada on August 30th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Brandons review
salsero_de_te on September 1st, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
I brewed up half of the very generous sample that Jade Cicada sent me, 5+ grams in a 110 ml pot, and progressed though 10 infusions, from very short to one minute. The dry leaf was dark brown almost black, as were the spent leaves. The liquor was very clear, producing a couple dark yellow infusions, then yellow orange, followed by two or three very dark red orange infusions, then lightening to clear, light red or orange infusions. I found it very smooth/no astringency, sweet, and just a bit of an oily/full mouth feel at the beginning. The early tastes reminded me of wood, mushroom, and sweet loquat. As the infusions progressed I tasted dark cherries, not acidic at all and more dry than sweet. The tea certainly would have progressed beyond the 10 infusions I put it through, if I had had the time to devote to it.

Clearly this is not shu. It is a very satisfying sheng, and certainly priced way below market at $8.00 a tuo. A great find, Jade C! If I had to guess at age, I would say more than five years old but probably not more than 10 or 12 years old.

Thanks so much for sharing this experience with me and our other tasters!
EJjadecicada on September 2nd, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Bears, Bears, Bears review
theearnedarf on September 4th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
I finally got around to brewing this today. I put maybe half of the sample (which is still quite compressed) in a small (maybe 80ml) pot. The dry leaves have a lot of white stuff on them (which, if you really care about, you can probably clean off with a toothbrush). Actually, I was a little nervous after looking at the dry tea.

However, the taste of the tea, as others have mentioned, doesn't have a lot of what I would consider a wet stored taste. There's still a little youthfulness in the tea, and the liquor didn't brew up that dark (not sure if I should have used more), but the taste is pretty sweet and pleasant. Maybe a slightly wheaty note in the earlier infusions, and overall, some spice. The liquor is definitely pretty clear. The young sheng taste still comes through at times, so for me, it's something I'd like to drink with a little more age on it, ideally. But because of the tight compression of Xiaguan tea, it's hard to say what that means about when the tea's from. I liked the 83 example we had for the Berkeley tasting, but the sample bears3x got was too wet stored tasting for him.

I agree that this was a good deal for $8 or something like that... pick up as many as you can.

I don't feel confident speculating on its age or provenance, but I think Jason's comments seem pretty reasonable.
theearnedarf on September 6th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
ps - Definitely pick up all that are available if there are still any left. I'm sure we'll be happy to buy any you don't want off of you.
brewtalitea on September 13th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
abx9 on September 21st, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry for taking so long, things have been crazy to say the least :(

At first I used way too much leaf and it came out very harsh and tasted very wet stored. I pulled out a couple chunks of the ground up stuff that was stuck together and it was much better. Each sip seemed to offer something a little different. All were sweet, but one sip I would get woody that turned to mossy with various scents of the forest on the way down, then mushroom, tobacco, earth, and at some point I could have sworn there was some kind of unidentifiable candy. It seemed that different characteristics would come out as it cooled. The aftertaste definitely lasts, and the qi was quite good as well - calming and warm. After a couple of infusions it was hard for me not to get some bitterness, but it wasn't bad.

I'm definitely jealous, this is one that I would really love to get to know - both now and as it ages. Should you ever be willing to part with one, I would really love to buy some.
EJjadecicada on October 4th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for getting back with us!
(Real life gets crazy, I know!)

I'm going to call up the vendor this week and see if she managed to get any more of these from her supplier.
No guarantees the restock, if she gets some, will be the same stuff, but its sure worth a shot!