2006 Sheng Yunnan Tuocha Tea, Xiaguan Tea Factory – Crane Label, Te Ji (100 gram / 3.5 oz)

The highest grade tuocha (Te Ji) offered by the Xiaguan tea factory. The 100 gram weight makes it very accessible for those who want to try a superior sheng (raw) pu’er tea from 2006 at an affordable price.

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Originated from Dali (Yunnan) we have this beautiful 2006 Toucha from the well-known Xiaguan tea factory. Brew this tea and you can definitely notice the excellent taste due to high quality raw materials used. This bowl shaped tea consists of first batch March 2006 Spring leaves. We guarantee 100% authenticity of this tea, verified by our in-house tea experts.

Why buy new pu erh tea and what for years before the taste has matured? This Xiaguan tuocha tea is ready to be enjoyed right after you receive it at your doorstep. As you can imagine stock for this excellent masterpiece is limited. Order yours today at a competitive price and make it part of your pu erh collectables.

What's the grade of this tuocha tea?

The Xiaguan brand toucha's are classified using the following grades: superior grade (特级), excellent grade (甲级), first grade (一级). This toucha belongs to the highest superior grade.

What is toucha?

Like all our authentic pu erh teas, this one is also from Yunnan, the birth place of tea. The term 'tuocha' originates from a trading route of the Tuo river. Because 'cha' means tea in Chinese, this tea is known as 'tuocha'.

Shou versus sheng

What beginning pu erh tea drinkers don't know is that this tea type can be divided into 'shou' (ripe) and 'sheng' (raw). The terminology is a bit confusing, because in fact both types are actually ripened. The difference is that Sheng puerhs are naturally ripened over time, while Shou puerhs undergo a post-fermentation stage in which the oxidation process is speedup.

What to try first?

If you're just beginning to explore pu erh, it's usual that you can't decide whether you should start with a shou or sheng pu erh first. Generally, shou pu erh has a more accessible taste to most people, even if it's only aged for a few years (2-5) years. It's good to try this out first. Most pu erh tea lovers will eventually like sheng pu erh tea more. If you're going for the latter, make sure to purchase one that's ripened for at least 5 years, or even better around 10 years (like the toucha you see on this page). If you can afford to purchase both at the same time, why choose? Try them both at the same time, to discover faster what's the best for you.

Additional Info
Additional Info
Steeping time Gaiwan / yixing teapot: 1 x rinse; 10s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, etc
Steeping temperature 100 °C - 212 °F
Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot 2-5 gram
Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz) n/a
Tea Year 2006
Tea Season Spring
Tea Caffeine Content high
Tea Region Dali
Tea Province Yunnan
Gluten-free yes
Tea in Chinese 下关沱茶
Customer Reviews (4)
My first puer and I still love it
As a novice to tea I had been told to try a puer tea. It takes a different approach to prepare and brew to what I was used to, and I thought I had bought a bad product at first.
Keep in mind that this tea is very strong. It has a smokey, leathery taste at first, which has to be coaxed out with a few steepings before the real fruity taste comes out.
Also I recommend to leave this tea to breathe for a while before trying to brew it. It seems to have been stored in a bit of a musty attic type place, and the smell and taste right out of the wrapper really adds this smell to the taste of the tea soup. By letting it have some air for a couple of days before brewing it, this is toned down and you can enjoy the real fruity taste more quickly. A superb tea for its price, will be ordering more of this soon as my first tuo is about finished already.
Review by Steven (Posted on 12/29/2019)
A good daily drinker
A robust sheng with smokey, grassy notes. A hint of leather, with little bitterness. This makes a good daily drinker, especially at this price. Review by Todd (Posted on 12/25/2018)
This tea is experience.
This tea is very, very good quality. Mystic, rich taste. Experience! Review by Peter (Posted on 2/20/2018)
This tea is amazing. I wanted to start brewing more Pu Erh, and stumbled across this little gem. The taste is medium-deep with a bold, clean, earthy tone. The aftertaste is fresh and not bitter. If anyone is looking for a very good priced, naturally aged Pu Erh, this one is fantastic. Review by Maddy (Posted on 5/9/2016)
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