Review of Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013

8 of 105 of 53 of 583 of 100

My favorite pu-erh so far out of the half a dozen or so I've tried, but it's also the most expensive. It does smell fruity (not sure what kind of fruit), but it also has a sweet rocky aroma, sort of like smelling the aftertaste of a good Wuyi oolong. Once brewed, it's strong and sweet without being astringent or bitter. The flavor is both fruity and earthy. I don't know how to describe it in any more detail than that. It's a weird tea, and I'm glad I tried it. My only complaint is that unlike a lot of oolongs and especially pu-erh which can resteep forever when brewed in a gaiwan, this ran out of flavor fairly quickly. The price also seems high, but I don't really know enough about pu-erh to be able to tell what is or isn't worth its price.

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