Jasmine Scented Pu-erh Tuocha

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Pu-erh Tea
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  • “1st steep - just as recommended - pre-warmed the cup, rinsed the leaves with the boiling water (maybe 5 seconds?) then dumped that out and infused for 30 seconds in 6 oz boiling water. It's a...” Read full tasting note
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    janefan 2477 tasting notes
  • “Trying this one as a sample, with my recently purchased Tie Guan Yin. I followed the steeping directions, though I was worried the flavor would be weak after only 30 seconds. It is perfect :) The...” Read full tasting note
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    tamarafox 76 tasting notes
  • “I just couldn't get my sample tuocha to work for me. I rinsed the leaves and then played with infusion times for three infusions but it was either very light and dull or bitter. The jasmine was...” Read full tasting note
    nomadinjeopardy 658 tasting notes
  • “It's good, and nothing super special. I had good success putting one tuocha in a pot with boiling water and steeping it until I remember that I have tea steeping (as I often forget). The jasmine is...” Read full tasting note
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From Chicago Tea Garden

These pu-erh tuocha break apart to reveal the petals of the jasmine sambac. The petals give this tea its unique jasmine scent and flavor. The liquor is a brisk yellow/copper color and is slightly astringent and refreshing.

About Chicago Tea Garden View company

Chicago Tea Garden is an online tea shop committed to providing extraordinary teas and tea education to tea lovers and those new to the leaf. Chicago Tea Garden's co-owner Tony Gebely also runs the World of Tea Blog [http://www.worldoftea.org] and Tweets at @WorldofTea.

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1st steep – just as recommended – pre-warmed the cup, rinsed the leaves with the boiling water (maybe 5 seconds?) then dumped that out and infused for 30 seconds in 6 oz boiling water.

It’s a lovely golden yellow color, with just the right amount of jasmine – the jasmine is a whiff of perfume in scent, not a gulp of it down the mouth! The pu-erh gives it a bit of earthy body – more than the other jasmine green teas I’ve had. But there’s no “off” tastes or any of the scary things I was afraid of… I would say this was probably the perfect intro pu-erh for me! I am so glad I took Chicago Tea up on their free sample offer (two touchas!) and and strongly considering ordering the wild orange pu-erh because I am SO intrigued by it!

2nd infusion – 30 sec – I think it’s actually a tad bit darker this time. Scent same. A bit more astringent. The tuocha broke apart completely on this steep.

3rd – 45 sec; used slightly cooler water – less astringent, which allowed the gentle jasmine to come through more. Almost as dark as ever, and not at all “watery” tasting.

4th infusion – 1 min – still a beautiful coppery yellow; but the astringency (though not terrible) is masking the jasmine this time (my water may have been hotter than on #3)

This was a lovely experience which greatly exceeded my expectations! (not to say they were low – more like I was very trepidatious both of pu’erh and of resteeping). Thank you Chicago Tea Garden for a wonderful tea, and such informative steeping/resteeping parameters.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Janefan

I get the feeling this would be good cold, too. Also the hot tea would pair wonderfully with some equally good-quality Chinese food. I wish I had some right now!

Janefan

I found some lovely vegetable egg rolls to have with my last 2 cups. :-)

AmazonV

the orange ones are ADORABLE sooo cute

Janefan

drank last half of 4th steep cold (refrigerated overnight). It’s very good! The jasmine seems a bit more pronounced, and overall there’s still plenty of body. No astringency that I can taste.

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Trying this one as a sample, with my recently purchased Tie Guan Yin. I followed the steeping directions, though I was worried the flavor would be weak after only 30 seconds. It is perfect :) The jasmine is light, just a hint of scent, and not at all overpowering

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I just couldn’t get my sample tuocha to work for me. I rinsed the leaves and then played with infusion times for three infusions but it was either very light and dull or bitter. The jasmine was nice and I think this might have potential, so I’m glad I have more to try with. I think I need to try working on my pu-erh appreciation, though. This felt odd and briney when it hit my mouth for the first time. My interest is peaked again, though, and I have a few different pu-erhs to try out.

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It’s good, and nothing super special. I had good success putting one tuocha in a pot with boiling water and steeping it until I remember that I have tea steeping (as I often forget). The jasmine is not overpowering at all, which is what I like most. I would recommend it, however CTG is no more…and that’s sad.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Aroma: Peat, cedar, jasmine.

Taste: Jasmine compliments pu-erh very well, it seems. It doesn’t mask the “barnyard” taste that some complain of with pu-erhs (including myself on occasion), but it’s more like it adds an earthy complexity and depth to the flavor of jasmine. Jasmine has a very clean taste, so I think that’s part of the reason that they balance each other well.

Texture: Both smooth and astringent.

Leaves: This tea comes in an tuocha. After a couple of steepings, the leaves detach and unfurl. They are olive in color and appear to be coarsely chopped.

Evaluation: This is my favorite pu-erh. I think that the amount of jasmine scent is right on–neither overpowering nor too subtle. The bronze-colored liquor is very nice.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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