This is one of my Christmas present cakes from hubby! We drank it tonight while playing Star Trek Settlers of Catan with my son and godson.

First of all, I have had loose puerh and mini Tuocha in the past. I liked puerh right from the first time I tried it, even though the first ones I bought at A Southern Season were really fishy smelling. (Not fishy tasting, though.)

Tuocha are easy! Just drop it in! Getting the amount you need detached from the cake is a challenge and I don’t have a puerh pick or knife. I had read that a butter knife would do and that is what I used last night but it didn’t work so well.

Tonight I tried Granny Stella’s tomato knife, a cheap little white knife my husband got when his granny died. It has a serrated edge and a very pointy tip for piercing.

Now I don’t know if this cake is not as compact and hard as the other one, but that knife worked a treat and in no time I had pried off what I needed for steeping.

I am not an experienced and learned puerh drinker, though I hope to be some day, but I can give my impression of this. It was not fishy at all. It was rather mild and the liquor lighter than others I have tried. I used only a little leaf in an eight ounce pot and we got about six steeps that were pretty good strength from it. I was keeping it around thirty seconds per steep. A final steep was really pale but still tasted nice.

This is very good, and I think it would be a great unflavored puerh to start the fearful on the path.

Many thanks to mrmopar and Garret for their help in choosing my Christmas teas!

TeaBrat

A cheese knife also works well.

Bonnie

Perfect! I watched the video on the Verdant website about how to break pieces of puerh off the cake which I found helpful. (check without videos I wouldn’t know what I’m doing!)

Garret

YAY! So happy that you have been enjoying this tea, my dear!! This last trip to China I had a ton of my favorite breaking knives yet and had them shipped here after the trip. This new knife works like a dream for even the most tightly of compressed cakes. Here is the link to it so you know what I’m a talkin’ about: http://shopmandalatea.com/tea-wares/tea-accessories/fine-breaking-pick.html
The only problem with the Phatty Cake that I can see is that I only had 400 of them pressed. It is our 2nd best-selling ripe tea so far and it’s too late to press more. Gonna try to source more of the leaf. May your days be merry and bright!!!

mrmopar

agreed this is good tea! glad you liked it ashmanra.

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TeaBrat

A cheese knife also works well.

Bonnie

Perfect! I watched the video on the Verdant website about how to break pieces of puerh off the cake which I found helpful. (check without videos I wouldn’t know what I’m doing!)

Garret

YAY! So happy that you have been enjoying this tea, my dear!! This last trip to China I had a ton of my favorite breaking knives yet and had them shipped here after the trip. This new knife works like a dream for even the most tightly of compressed cakes. Here is the link to it so you know what I’m a talkin’ about: http://shopmandalatea.com/tea-wares/tea-accessories/fine-breaking-pick.html
The only problem with the Phatty Cake that I can see is that I only had 400 of them pressed. It is our 2nd best-selling ripe tea so far and it’s too late to press more. Gonna try to source more of the leaf. May your days be merry and bright!!!

mrmopar

agreed this is good tea! glad you liked it ashmanra.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

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