This morning I found a 1992 Xiaguan tuocha
hiding among my stash at home and I decided to give it a go. I can't remember the last time I brewed it, but it must have been years ago. It was purchased from a tea friend, who at the time was unloading a number of stuff for cheap, and I got this tuocha for a mere $10.
It's now 20 years old. It made me wonder how an aged, cheap, Xiaguan tuocha would fare.
The most pleasant thing about this tea is the smell of the leaves. When dry, it gives off a lot of fruity high notes (plummy). When wet, a good amount of green, grassy notes are present, too.
As with XG tuochas that I have come across, the compression is very dense. So much so that I overestimated the amount of dry leaves that went inside my gaiwan.
8s, 8s, 10s, 10s, 12s, 15s
The liquor is not impressive. It's cloudy and rough on the mouth and throat. The body is thin. The feeling or energy that I get from this tea was weak, a bit messy and heady, which I did not enjoy.
To sum, except for its decent fragrance, it's an unimpressive 20 years-old tea.