I thought of adding some more info about this tea here because my description is quite long already.
One day I posted some pictures of the tea liquor of this tea on Instagram.
In that tea session, I used fewer grams, so I did fewer infusions. And also pry open a new Tuocha. So I thought of showing you the tea leaves here:
The tea leaves you can see here are not as dark as the one in the tea description (of the website) which are these:
When this tea is young is tightly compressed. But since this one underwent some traditional HK storage and is not young, the compression has loosened considerably.
So in this tea session in the second or third infusion, the tea liquor had more colour already than in the first tea session when I brewed the centre of the Tuocha.
Anyway, I wanted to clarify the difference in colour and also wanted to take the opportunity for you to see the opened tea leaves.
You can see that I managed to open some and they have darkened significantly but still look flexible and maintaining some of their original texture. They are not super stiff. Meaning the humidity this tea underwent is not excessive.
Also, I think that we all could agree that for a Xiaguan Tuocha these tea leaves look not bad at all!