Pu'erh Raw Xigui 2019
Introducing Xigui 昔归: A captivating pu'erh that is bold, powerful and juicy.
Xigui Village, Lincang Prefecture, Yunnan
We are incredibly excited to share this phenomenal tea from the beautiful and highly acclaimed Xigui village of Lincang Prefecture.
The name of the village, Xigui 昔归, is poetic and graceful. The first character, xi (昔) loosely translates to former times or the past. The second character, gui (归), loosely translates to go back to, belong to, return to. The name evokes emotions of remembering the past times, feelings of belonging…of our childhood and adolescent years..
Xigui is a small, pristine village in Bangdong County of Lincang Prefecture with around 6000 inhabitants. It sits at 1000m elevation, on top of the almighty Lancang River, and at the foothill of Daxueshan 大雪山 (Big Snow Mountain). The uniqueness and remoteness of its geographical location is what makes Xigui pu'erh exceptionally special and immensely sought after.
Our Xigui comes from the family of Zhang Tianwen, whose family have been inhabitants of these mountains for generations. The trees, at 150-200 years old, grow on steep hills overlooking the valley and rivers beneath. The leaves from these trees are only harvested once in the spring and once in the autumn, with minimal human intervention in between harvesting seasons.
This pu’erh is the most juicy, bright and floral we have tasted. It is extremely well-rounded and well balanced - firmly structured yet smooth, powerful yet delicate, assertive and bold yet elegant, with no harsh edges. The leaves are extremely beautiful - dark with a slight sheen; and notably aromatic and fragrant. The first 2 infusions yield notes of pineapple, mango, jackfruit and jasmine. The third to fifth infusions yield notes of the wild mountains and the old tea trees that thrive in this biodiverse and pristine environment. The age, vibrancy and vitality of these tea trees really shine through. Subsequent infusions yield a very sweet tea with lingering aftertaste. The tea is thick with body and depth from beginning to end; a journey lasting around 15 infusions.
A truly outstanding and transportive tea that we are extremely proud to share.