Blend recipe initiated in around 1951 year.
Guangzhou Natural Storage.
It varies on paper tong package which contains 5 separated tuo of 100g in each or individual paper box which contains 100g tuo.
"Te Tuo" (特沱)： an abbreviation of "Te Ji Tuo Cha"(特级沱茶), directly means "Special Grade Tuo Cha" made from special grade tea leaf (high ratio of tiny buds and young leave)
"Jia Tuo" (甲沱)： an abbreviation of "Jia Ji Tuo Cha"(甲级沱茶), directly means "1st Grade Tuo Cha" made from 1st grade tea leaf (high ratio of young and large leave)
"Yi Ji Tuo Cha" (乙级沱茶): directly means "2nd Grade Tuo Cha" made from 2nd grade tea leaf (high ratio of large and strong tea leave)
"Bing Ji Tuo Cha" (丙级沱茶): directly means "3rd Grade Tuo Cha" made from 3rd grade tea leaf (high ratio of strong tea leave and stems)
"Da Zhong Tuo Cha" (大众沱茶): directly means "4th Grade Tuo Cha" made from 4th grade tea leaf (high ratio of rough tea leave and stems)
The dry leaf has a little fruit and dried apple to it. I am thinking 10 years old maybe the smoke is gone. It was till I hit it with the rinse, poured it out and opened it up to inhale the aroma and it pops your senses.
Color is an almost bronze but I have 6 year old tea with more color. Probably due to XG’s tight compression. The brew is definitely full on puerh.
Full on woody, smoky, tannic ,citrus and bitter notes. The first 2 cups have been strong and punchy. It gives the slightest hits of sweetness as a quickly fading taste at the end of the swallow. It gives a nice feeling with a warming sensation as you finish.
Not for ones that don’t like smoke but it would be a nice one for those that don’t mind that or the bitterness of it.