2013 Big Leaf Mini Green Toucha

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Floral, Mineral, Apricot, Flowers, Seaweed, Metallic, Ocean Breeze, Earth, Sand
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 5 g 11 oz / 332 ml

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  • “Backlog: I loved this pu-erh. It stands out as one of the sweetest pu-erh I've yet to taste. 1st infusion: sweet, honeyed, vegetal. 2nd infusion: sweet, creamy, vegetal - the combination of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “(1st steep: 3 min) I was a little shocked at how light this tea is. There is almost no aroma in the first steeping. Once the tea cooled a bit, I was able to pick up a strong mineral taste. I wasn't...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I very much enjoyed my first true pu-erh experience, as I have never before encountered an actual brick like I found in this packet. I was intimidated and afraid that I was doing it wrong, but I...” Read full tasting note
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    tooch 31 tasting notes
  • “Despite the reviews I read claiming this tea to be "salty" and harsh, I actually find it to be quite clean and subtle. This is my first encounter with a bird's nest pu-erh, and I hope it won't be...” Read full tasting note
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From Seven Cups

This 2013 toucha is a great intro to the world of pu-erh. A soft tea with a deep color, the flavor is surprisingly mellow. You can expect a sweet, long finish on this tea as it continues to evolve over the course many infusions.

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Backlog:

I loved this pu-erh. It stands out as one of the sweetest pu-erh I’ve yet to taste.

1st infusion: sweet, honeyed, vegetal.
2nd infusion: sweet, creamy, vegetal – the combination of vegetal and creamy sort of gave this a creamed spinach taste only better, sweeter!
3rd infusion: still sweet but the sweetness is beginning to wane. Not so creamy, still vegetal.
4th infusion: Here’s where I stopped, because I found myself missing the sweetness of the first two cups. Still a delicious tea and would have gone on to deliver a lot more flavor, I’m sure, but, I just loved the sweetness so much that when it was gone, I missed it. More of a sweet vegetal note and less of the honeyed sweetness or creamy notes.

A really good pu-erh though, and one I’d recommend, because I loved those sweet notes!

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(1st steep: 3 min) I was a little shocked at how light this tea is. There is almost no aroma in the first steeping. Once the tea cooled a bit, I was able to pick up a strong mineral taste. I wasn’t able to pick up much else, and I believe that is because the water to tea ratio is too high. I am planning to cut from 16 oz to 12 oz in the next steeping. Towards the end of the cup, I was able to pick up a subtle floral aroma and flavor, but not strong enough to say what they might be.
(2nd steep: 3 min 30 sec) I reduced the amount of water in this steeping to 12 oz and still increased the time. Both mineral and floral aromas are present and are pleasant. It is an interesting tea, but I don’t believe I will make another steeping.

Flavors: Floral, Mineral

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I very much enjoyed my first true pu-erh experience, as I have never before encountered an actual brick like I found in this packet. I was intimidated and afraid that I was doing it wrong, but I think I did fine. The nutty and toasted aroma had me expecting another warming, full-bodied tea, so I was pleasantly surprised by the mineral note in the body. The recess of sweetness really rounded out the flavor profile for me, and I find this to be a refreshing warm-weather tea. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. 7.5/10

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Despite the reviews I read claiming this tea to be “salty” and harsh, I actually find it to be quite clean and subtle. This is my first encounter with a bird’s nest pu-erh, and I hope it won’t be my last.

Flavors: Apricot, Flowers, Seaweed

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I adore the little bird nests, and GREEN is so true in this case. Happy little green bird nests. I did two steeps. First one better than the second, which is pretty normal, right? EASY to oversteep, so watch yo self. Not my favorite puerh, probably wouldn’t drink it again if given the choice of a puerh lineup. But it wasn’t disgusting by any means.

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The look of this mini toucha is adorable. After an initial rinse, I steeped for 10 seconds and got a very bitter brew. I think this may be because in the course of trying to hold the gaiwan lid tight so that the tiny pieces wouldn’t come through, it took about 20 seconds total to pour. I softened it with some extra water. The leaves smell very oceany and vegetal, while the liquor smells smoky, slightly floral. In the liquor scent, I’m reminded of my aunt’s house growing up… dogs, cigarettes, and leather… they were farmers. Might sound odd, but it’s all coming back to me now. (duh-duh-duh dun dun duuun)

The tea tastes mineral, green, vegetal. By the second steep I’m getting more sweetness, but still rather bitter in the finish. Third steep is pretty mineral and oceany, still somewhat bitter, a little less sweet, kind of tart with a subtle pear-like note. Fourth steeping, still very mineral, green, oceany. That bitterness is killing me though. I’m beginning to think this tea needs special parameters outside my normal Puerh steeping guidelines. By the fifth steeping I’m kind off worn out on it. Mostly just tasting mineral and bitter.

Anyone feel free to reply to my review with brewing tips if you think I screwed up. I brewed this tea 10 seconds, 20, 30, etc. I’m going to not rate this tea because my rating would be very low and I don’t particularly want to taint the results not knowing if I just brewed it wrong myself.

Flavors: Metallic, Mineral, Ocean Breeze, Seaweed

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Cute little Pu-erh individual piece wrapped nicely. The leaves pressed together are forest green colored.
This liquor does not smell the greatest to me. Then it smelled o.k.
The flavor is all bitter, no other flavors.
I love Seven Cups and have had some wonderful teas from them so I am wondering if I brewed this incorrectly.

From the Steepster Select Box, April 2014

5/11/14
Learning about puerh tea lots more now. The first time I tried this, I was unaware that it was sheng and very young.
I removed my other baby cake / toucha from the sealed pouch and am gonna let him age a bit before trying again :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

I would do 185F rinse and very short steeps 5/10/15 sec for maybe 6 oz of water. It’s sheng, treat it as green tea

Lee

The Steepster packet says 212F. I have not tried enough of these to know that that must be a typo :( Oh well

boychik

I hope you have more then one to try. Actually I prefer shu you should use boil water and either short steeps or long. You cannot overbrew shu(cooked). Sheng ( raw) becomes incredibly bitter with high temp and long steeps. My first tries were total failure;)

Lee

Oh thanks for the advice!! I have one more,,,will try again sometime soon :)

TeaBrat

yes I would definitely recommend trying at a lower temp as well..

Lee

Yes I prefer lower temps on teas and lower temp teas like white and green so I haven’t tried any pu-erhs like this and it said 212F for 3 minutes on the package :( Glad I have one more

Lion

I also brewed this at 212, though I only did about 10 second infusions. It was a bitter nightmare. I thought nearly all puerhs stand up to boiling temperature, regardless of raw or ripe. Is this wrong?

boychik

Only ripe. Unless you are looking for bitterness(some ppl like it, it’s an aquired taste)
This is young sheng, it will be bitter even with lower temps.

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This tea is, as the provided description states, very earthy. It reminds me of the ocean and feels like I’m drinking the sea! Very mineral-like. Slightly floral. For some reason it tastes like I’m drinking what would be liquid ocean sand… but in a good way! Slight trace of bitterness, but nothing too noticeable to complain about.:) The only complaint I would have is the leaves themselves. They broke off into really tiny pieces, and even with the bag sealed, a lot of floaty pieces escaped into my tea. I know this isn’t something that is fixable, it’s just how the leaves are with this tea. Overall the taste is very good, earthy, wet, and enjoyable.

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Mineral, Sand, Seaweed

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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