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"Jia Ji" Tuo, an exceptional Puerh Raw Tea (Sheng Cha) that harks back to the origins of a blend recipe conceived around 1951. This Tuo is a meticulous selection of high-grade materials, primarily consisting of tender buds and young leaves, which are the epitome of quality in tea production.
Upon infusion, the "Jia Ji" Tuo reveals its distinct smoky character, a nod to the traditional processing methods that impart a rich and robust flavor profile. The tea possesses a thickness and strength that is immediate and gratifying, commanding the attention of your palate from the very first sip.
The fragrance is an integral part of this tea's allure, enveloping the senses with its aromatic complexity. The Huigan, a swift returning sweetness characteristic of superior Sheng Cha, emerges rapidly following the initial taste, balancing the apparent bitterness that is appreciated by aficionados for its invigorating properties.
With only a slight or minor pungency, the tea manages to assert its presence without overpowering, instead encouraging a harmonious flow of saliva, a testament to its quality and the skill with which it has been crafted.
The "Jia Ji" Tuo is not just a beverage; it's an invitation to explore the depths of traditional Puerh tea. Whether you're a seasoned tea drinker or new to the world of Sheng Cha, the XiaGuan "Jia Ji" offers a taste of the authentic, time-honored Pu'er experience, replete with all the complexities and nuances that have made this style of tea a cherished brew for generations.
Guangzhou Natural Storage.
* The XiaGuan "Jia Ji" Tuo is available either as a paper tong package with five individual 100g tuos or as a single 100g tuo in its own paper box.
"Te Tuo" refers to "Special Grade Tuo Cha," crafted from a high proportion of delicate buds and young leaves to create a premium tea experience.
"Jia Tuo" denotes "1st Grade Tuo Cha," made with first-grade tea leaves characterized by a substantial presence of young, larger leaves.
"Yi Ji Tuo Cha" translates to "2nd Grade Tuo Cha," produced from second-grade tea leaves, noted for their larger size and robust nature.
"Bing Ji Tuo Cha" signifies "3rd Grade Tuo Cha," composed of third-grade tea leaves which include a higher ratio of sturdy leaves and stems.
"Da Zhong Tuo Cha" stands for "4th Grade Tuo Cha," consisting of fourth-grade tea leaves, known for their coarser quality and inclusion of more stems.
This is a well-known tuocha and it's clear to see why. The Jia Ji tuochas went downhill from 2004, and the 2003 year is in my view also better than 2001. (didn't have 2002).
It's a very rich and complex tea, with a hint of smoke mixed with fruitiness (dried longan) and spice; a bit of honey-like sweetness sometimes comes through, but overall the tea is not as warm in character as a Menghai or Wuyi tea of this age might be.
If there is a weakness, I would say the tea is not mega-exciting outside its taste - be it vibrant mouthfeel, or what is termed qi - neither seems particularly strong.
Overall, definitely recommended.
Next to 2004 pink box, my favourite Xiaguan/sheng/tea. Mellow, sweet, not that xiaguan-strong. If I could buy only 1 type of tea, this would be The One.