During my trip to the Malaysian tea expo last month, I spent the bulk of my tea money buying these 98 Xiaguan tuos. I purchased 4 bags containing 5 100g tuos in each bag. You will noticed the 'yi-ji' or 1st grade description on the bag as well as on the individual wrappers of each tuo. Xiaguan today produces many pu erh tea and many of their tuos have descriptions like jia-ji, te-ji meaning special grade and top grade, which is a bit mind boggling. Nevertheless its lots of fun sampling through these Xiaguan teas.
I shall go easy on this purchase and will refrain from opening and drinking these tuos. I only have some tea that are pre year 2000. I was just thinking…... if I store away this tea for another 3-4 years, the tea would be a 20 year old tea. A very tempting proposition but knowing me, I would have consumed the tea by then.
I can understand why my malaysian tea drinking friends are going gaga over this tea. This tea has aged well with good strong taste and aroma. Nice hints of sandalwood and camphor with a nice sweet finish. This tea brews well and can easily go 12 infusions. A happy tea. I believed that this lot of 98 Xiaguan tuos will have been totally bought up by my tea friends by now.