1996 Menghai Grade A Tuo Cha

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This renowned Tuo Cha has been dryly stored in my Tea Master Chan’s warehouse for 14 years. It was discovered during a tea gathering with Tea Master Chan’s fellow students at his tea shop and this tea came highly recommended for its price and quality.

Although this tea was not made with leaves from old arbor trees (few of the teas made during the 1990’s were), it possesses the charm of a classic aged raw Pu-erh. The mouth sensation is steady and comfortable. It starts with the flavor of dried jujube, with a hint of ginseng. At later infusions, the tea turns sweet. For those who have not tried an aged raw Pu-erh, this Tuo Cha would be a nice introduction.

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I got this in the vintage sample pack from Bana. I’ve now had two session with it. The tea can get a bitter edge if over steeped, but once you pull back it is very nice. I tend to like strong flavors so I seem to push right up to that edge.

I found 4.3 grams with about 3oz of water made the better steeps, but keep the first few steeps short 20 secs or shorter. The color is a nice clear orange/peach and darkens to redder tint about the 3rd infusion. It lingers on the tongue, with a hint of astringency still. The taste is woody musk.

The aroma is a fairly mild fruity musk early but then fades quickly.


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