2019 Spring Xigui Raw Puer – Bitterleaf Finds



When someone offers you Xigui, declining is ill-advised. This tea comes to us from a close friend who has been doing tea for the last 2 decades. But in winding down their operation, this unpressed maocha resurfaced and we were fortunate enough to be there when it did.

Anyone who has enjoyed last year’s Buckle Up or our 2016 Oz will pick up on the same trademark fragrance Xigui teas are known for. The fragrance is accompanied by a sugar-sweetness, slight astringency and a long lasting huigan. This tea falls somewhere in between the two in terms of age, but as it has been left unpressed, it has an extra edge in terms of development.

With this tea we’ve decided to reboot the “Bitterleaf Finds” label in order to distinguish some teas from our in-house productions. These teas can include anything from factory productions, tea market finds (absorbing our earlier Tea Market Experience), off-season and one-off finds (hence the name), limited offerings, or anything else interesting that we want to share in a stripped down, but transparent way. In each case we’ll share any relevant information and details (factory details and origins if applicable), while leaving the marketing at the door.

As this tea is limited in availability, it is sold loose as maocha, 40g at a time.


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2 reviews for 2019 Spring Xigui Raw Puer – Bitterleaf Finds

  1. 4 out of 5

    rudi (verified owner)

    Brief steeps (5-10 seconds) in 90 Celsius water.
    Liquor is an almost clear golden yellow in color.
    Taste is light with a somewhat sweet aftertaste.
    Mouthfeel has a slight stickiness with no astringency nor bitterness.
    Wet leaves are olive green in color with a yellowish tone, giving off a fruity scent the likes of steamed stone fruits.
    Empty cup leaves a slightly sticky-sweet aroma.
    The flavor intensity starts to mellow down by the 5th/6th infusion, thus best to do a longer steep from here onwards.
    A (1 minute) steep gives some mild astringency in taste.
    This tea leaves me feeling mellow and sleepy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    Gives a lot of energy!
    //Smell : Herbaceous, floral (meadow), clean clothes drying on the clothesline, sweet dessert, tart fruit
    //Texture: Thick texture, tingling on the tip of the tongue, vaporous, dry on the palate
    //Taste : Candied zest, herbaceous, astringent, (a bit) salty, broth, wet hay, cooked vegetable
    //Body sensation: Internal activity, heat, will keep you awake at night

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