It is always exciting to get a new tea package in the mail. Either from a participant of the Co-Op Tea Swap or from my buddy Jessica over at Authori+ea. Recently, armed with the knowledge that I am a Pu-erh lover, Jessica sent me a sample of Pu-erh Mini Tuo-Cha. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I opened my recent tea package and found Pu-erh Mini Tuo-Cha nestled between several other teas.
Composition: Compressed pu-erh from the Yunnan Province in China.
Dry Visual: An adorable dark brown almost black miniature tea cake shaped like a bowl.
Dry Aroma: A very mild earthiness.
Flavor: There are two distinct characteristic flavors that I love about Pu-erhs. First, I love their earthiness. Second, I love their smokiness. Pu-erh Mini Tuo-Cha is very flavorful, yet I found the earthy quality typical of pu-erhs surprisingly mild. Additionally, Pu-erh Mini Tuo-Cha contained very little smokiness.
Thus far I have steeped and tasted three cups of Pu-erh Mini Tuo-Cha to compare the experience. Two infusions from the first mini cake and one from the second. Each cup has been consistent, the distinct flavor of pu-erh was present. Its distinct nature does not require the use of sweetener. Overall, I found Pu-erh Mini Tuo Cha to be a decent cup of tea. Personally, I prefer a more robust Pu-erh.
Liquor: A rich reddish brown.
Brewing Time: I was unable to find the brewing time for Pu-erh Mini Tuo-Cha. Thus I played around with the brewing times utilizing three, four, and five minutes respectively.
If you have had an opportunity to enjoy Pu-erh Mini Tuo-Cha please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!