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100

I ordered this pack from Dragon Tea House on ebay.
5 days for the delivery from China, faster than delivery from my own country ? In August ? For Free ? Do they teleport things already ?

Overall I grade this a 100 : this assortment is awesome to discover different type of Pu-erh and know which kind you like at a very low price, even if flavoured Pu-erh is not “real” Pu-erh :).

- Lavender (65) : Err, I started with the oddest one. The scent is really nice. The two first brews are ok. Then, the lavender taste fade away and only remains the taste of a so-so pu-erh. No off-taste though.

- Jasmine Black (85) : Really nice. The jasmine is present in all brews and the pu-erh is there too, although a bit weak.

- Jasmine Raw (60): The taste and smell was quite weak. I tried longer brewing times but the Jasmine was really better.

- Sticky Rice Raw (60) : It really has the taste of rice, odd experience overall. The pu-erh was absent, shadowed by the strong rice taste and scent. At least it gave a lot of brews.

- Sticky Rice Ripe (65) : the taste of rice is very similar to the raw, except you also have the taste of the pu-erh with it. It still an odd experience though. Lot of brews too.

- Lotus Leaf Raw (50) : The raw pu-erh is ok. The lotus taste was nice and strong but present only in the first brewing.

- Lotus Leaf Ripe (50) : Same flavor, same problem, the ripe pu-erh was ok but the lotus flavor was only there in the first two brews.

- Chrysanthemum (90) : This one was really great, it held for a lot of brewing and the chrysanthemum taste stayed all along. The young pu-erh was ok

- Sanchi Flower (90) : One of the best IMHO. I didn’t now what the sanchi flower tastes like, it’s good. The taste wasn’t strong at first and lingered in the throat, it stayed during the brews. The flavour was greatly balanced with the pu-erh. The pu-erh seemed to be the same: a bit weak, but here it goes well with the flower.

- Coffee (50) : it has a slight taste of (bad) coffee which disappear at the 3rd brewing. Not really far from the same pu-erh without coffee in it.

- Rose (65) : At first it was nice, pretty much like the rose flavoured tea you can find in a lot of tea shops with a slight hint of pu-erh. Quickly the rose fade away (3rd brew).

- Assorted Flower (70) : Basically, it tastes like the rose flavored one except the taste stay until the fifth brew. I couldn’t identify what flower were inside.

- Special Brick (70): This one was a classic ripe pu-erh. Not spectacular but no off-taste, a little bit stronger than the others.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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600th tasting note. Also, 90 Oolong Owl blog entries! Crazy!

After some detective work, I was able to figure out what type of tuocha is this is as there is no english on the packaging. That and I was searching ebay for sheng tuochas and came across the brand! I got this tuocha from Meeka at our Steepster meet!

First few infusions are a mix of a sweet on the teeth chrysanthemum (why do I always need to google to spell that?) with the ripe pu’er earth.
Later infusions the floral gets sweeter over the pu’er. Pretty nice!

Last weekend I posted a blog entry of me trying my first tuocha, before I figured out what type it was! http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/oolong-owls-first-tuocha/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Cavocorax

Congrats!

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70

I’ve been due to have some pu’er for awhile now. I feel I need it – I’m going on a trip to Utah tomorrow to see some husband’s relatives and hopefully go beat up the jiujitsu school there. Well, try to lol!

Anyways, this toucha is not bad. It says 2007 on the label, and I find it not fishy at all. My first batch of steeps (after 2 rinses) were fairly light – bit of brisk earthy flavor with some floral that goes a little bitter and sweet at the end. The floral, hmmm.. tastes more like rose to me. After the 4th steeping, I’m getting the jasmine, though the tea is getting more and more bitter. This tuocha base is very black tea like. Later steepings, the bitterness goes up a bit and the floral takes over.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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73

{ebay item 270977273179} single flavor. Or part of sample pack, same seller. See review of sample pack at http://steepster.com/teas/chang-yun/30775-premium-mini-tuo-cha-puer-assortment-2012 4. Jasmine Raw

Really very tasty, and this comming from someone who doesn’t particularly like green/sheng tea. This would be great with Chinese takeout, instead of the icky teabag they toss in with your order :)

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90

“Broken Apart for a single serving”? are you CRAZY ?? They’re called a ‘brick’ for a reason !!!!! just brew the whole thing, it’s delicious. See my tasting note under the mini tuo assortment http://steepster.com/teas/chang-yun/30775-premium-mini-tuo-cha-puer-assortment-2012 5. Special Brick {ebay item 270977325224 single flavor}

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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93

Bought from Dragon Tea House ebay store, Sept 17, 2012 and it arrived on Oct 5, 2012 (18 days). {ebay item 270977374375} The 18 compressed puerh mini tuos (ok, one is square) are in a sealed dark plastic pouch. It takes scissors to open it.

That was nice, I had expected something much more casual, like just a baggie with hand-picked sampler inside. Considering how this is packaged, it would make an excellent stocking stuffer, and it would keep well in a vacation home or RV. The fragrance of puerh upon opening the sealed pouch is just lovely, even my DH liked it, and he’s not a puerh fan. The scent of the tea is not compromised by the selection of various herbal additives.

There is no ‘color coded flavor guide’ or anything like that, I’ll have to refer back to the product photo to know which tuo I’m using. I think if you were going to go ‘stocking stuffer’ route, then printing that out for the recipient might be a nice idea, otherwise what’s the point in tasting different flavors? Once again, wishing I knew a bit of Chinese, and quickly dismissing that idea due to the level of technical difficulty ! LOL

Since this is a multi-flavor item, I’ll have to post a few flavor reviews as I consume them. I have been told that mini tuos are sort of the remnants and leftovers of the tea processing, the way sausage is to meat packing, or teabags compared to whole leaf or….. you get the idea. So one should probably not expect heart-rending-splendour from a mini tuo. I’ve also picked up that westerners are somewhat enamored of them due to price and ease. I could agree with that. That’s why I like them :)

1. So, first up, I’m trying Coffee flavor. I’ll brew in my zisha pot for shou/ripe tea. I am using a finum filter to control the amount of steep time. About 12 oz of boiling water to 1 tuo. I carefully checked the color of the wrapper and the tiny characters on it, I’m 98% certain I have the right one :) Pre-steep, dry tuo does not smell of coffee. But the liquid is interesting, it has the smell of cooked pu-erh and just a touch of coffee, but it lacks in the weight on my tongue, and the after-flavor. It’s like the second half of the sip is missing. It’s kinda like maybe instead of pouring boiling water to make the tea, I poured re-heated and very diluted coffee to make the tea. Sorta. It does not have overwhelming coffee flavor, and I don’t need to buy a whole order of these. But I don’t hate it—just MEH
2. Lavender ooh, now, I like this one. I grow lavender, and I’ve had straight lavender tisane, so this flavored tuo is pretty mild, still tastes unmistakably like puerh, with just a top note of lavender. This one is interesting, and I kinda wish I’d poured less water to make a bit thicker tea, I thought my zisha pot was 12 oz, then I measured, it’s 14. I think maybe for a thick cup I should have done 10 oz to 1 tuo. Bummer. Wish there was another lavender in this group, I’ll have to settle for a re-steep.
3. Jasmine Black – pleased to see white little pieces of what is presumably jasmine flower. Using a finum filter and half liter of water. I am also using my polish pottery daily teapot, because this is my first pot of tea for the day, and I don’t feel like fiddling around. Must also confess, I don’t like cloying perfumy floral tea. Not at all sure why jasmine was my first pick of the day. Simply could not explain that one! So, a sip. Pleasant surprise! My eyebrows are at their most elevated state. This is Jasmine in black tea, and it seems that jasmine is most often blended with green, which would give me something else to dislike, as I am not fond of the astringency of green. And that’s how you know it MUST be good for you, right? If that’s the one you don’t prefer? LOL. Back to this little tuo, I have to say, I am liking it, and I’m impressed that the jasmine is unmistakable, when the tuo broke apart, the little bits are visually evident. But it’s GOOD. I proudly and amazingly proclaim that I LIKE IT! And my eyebrows are once again, just about off the top of my face, it’s a STRONG jasmine taste, but I would actually BUY some of this. !?!?!!! Wow
4. Jasmine Raw Well, I figured, since I’m awake now, that I may as well do these back to back. I did rinse the pot with hot water. This also has the bits of flora and the jasmine fragrance, but there is that green astringency in it too. Not bad, as far as that goes. This does not taste like cheap grocery store green with cloying fake jasmine—we all know THAT tea, don’t we? This is a sheng, which is essentially aged green, and thus the muted astringency is there, but does not make your tongue curl up and become brittle. This is very pleasing, even considering my previously stated prejudice against green teas. This is the jasmine you WISH the chinese take-out would serve. The color is beautiful too. This cup is golden like apple cider. A very enjoyable cup. I would drink this again, without hesitation.
5. Special Brick – aka ‘the square one’… I just plopped it in the finum basket and poured boiling water over it like I would any other black tea, boy, it brews up a beautiful color. Amber-brown like cognac. I’m drinking it out of my russian crystal tea glass, no particular reason except it was on the countertop… and I like it. This has a good aged puerh taste, mellow and the smell is mustier than the flavor, it’s in the flavor, but gently. Nice. I would order a whole package of just these square bricks. This is a definite YUM *just found item 270977325224 on ebay, and it’s on my list. Notice the wrapper is actually wrapped then sealed with a round sticker!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

Love how you listed the Ebay Item number! Thank you! I have seen these and considered trying them … this review helps!

Babble

A nearby shop of mine sells tons of puerh flavors. Maybe I’ll give them a try.

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