The Xiangdou is deliciously sweet in its rugged, slightly rough way. It is a very decent baseline blend, demonstrating that an interesting patchwork can be created by careful selection of humble plantation leaves.
This Xiangdou is yellow, strong, sweet, and, as the name suggests, fragrant. I enjoy the heavy, dark-green Menghai base, the Bulangshan potency, and perhaps the sweet fragrance may be assigned to the remaining component in the blend: the Manlusha leaves. It is a mainstream, but most enjoyable, creation. By the fifth infusion, it is extremely ordinary, if it is possible to be ordinary in the extreme.
Puerh Tea brewing technique lesson by Douji CEO Mr. Chen.
The bricks are a 5x3 matrix, each weighing 6g, giving a total of 90g in the Xiaojinzhuan [little golden brick]. Unlike most "nibbles", such as the usually-grim mini-tuocha or mini-bricks mentioned before, these do give off a clean, sweet scent