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Jasmine Pu'er tuocha

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:-/

Made this the old stick-in-a-glass-and-keep-drinking-off-of-it method as a personal dare. It was… uh… yep.

EDIT a real tasting note, thanks to Bonnie!
Normally, I wouldn’t have written anything about this, since I tend do go for the “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” approach (if not nice, at least helpful to someone else). But since I’m currently challenging myself to log every tea I drink in a day, no matter what, I couldn’t leave this one out!

Here’s the story:

I still have a few good friends in Qingdao who sometimes send over tea and fun stuff (and we send over chocolates and other fun US stuff). One of my friends is quite a funny gal who isn’t actually a fan a pu’er, but she knows that I am! So in part of a care package that included great TGY and green tea, there was this tea tucked away in a triple sealed bag. How could I resist! It was like a giant “:-P” face..daring me to try it. So we did- it was very funny in how little sense it made. A super duper dark base (not the greatest shu, not revolting but definitely murky..sour…ashy..drying) plus, for no particular reason, jasmine? Honestly, it was much better in a giant mug than it was when I first tried it in a gaiwan. Strangely juicy, with not a trace of jasmine or florals.. why were they stuck into it in the first place? In the mug, they are swallowed up by mud. In a gaiwan, they stick out like a sore thumb from the base.. but so unrelated, it’s more like a disembodied floating sore thumb.

Poor little tuocha- I know the plant that grew its leaves worked hard all season gathering the nutrients to turn into sugars and cell walls and everything needed to make it’s little tea leaves. So full of promise and good things! And someone picked those leaves and pile-fermented them and then said to themselves.. you know what? I’m going to take these jasmine flowers over here, and for no reason at all, I’m going to stick ’em onto this pile ’o leaves and make inexplicable tuochas! My friend also thought is was funny in how inappropriate it was.. but it can only be share through experience.

So here the tuocha’s are.. sitting in a baggie on my desk in all ways like a bad joke. I don’t want to laugh at you but.. there’s something in your complete lack-of-sense that also makes you endearing.. like some sort of terrible internet preposterous joke. I imagine unwrapping you and sticking googly eyes on you: that’s who you are.
http://i.imgur.com/4qiQy.jpg

It’s been quite a while since I tried this tea last, and when I came upon it in the giant TO-DRINK-AT-WORK bag, I giggled and said to myself.. Ok- I dare you! Do it! And I did. And survived with some fun! :-P
http://i.imgur.com/7RGy7.jpg

Bonnie

Uh Yep…Uh No, I want more than that! If I pour out my guts here Spoon! I want to know what happened with this little TUOCHA!

Relmaster

I was wondering about this Pu-er? What is it like, compared to “Jasmine dragon pearls” ? Overly floral?? What company is it from? I Love jasmine teas ;)

Spoonvonstup

Haha! :D You’re right- Anything for you, Bonnie.

Normally, I wouldn’t have written anything about this, since I tend do go for the “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” approach (if not nice, at least helpful to someone else). But since I’m currently challenging myself to log every tea I drink in a day, no matter what, I couldn’t leave this one out!

Here’s the story:

I still have a few good friends in Qingdao who sometimes send over tea and fun stuff (and we send over chocolates and other fun US stuff). One of my friends is quite a funny gal who isn’t actually a fan a pu’er, but she knows that I am! So in part of a care package that included great TGY and green tea, there was this tea tucked away in a triple sealed bag. How could I resist! It was like a giant “:-P” face..daring me to try it. So we did- it was very funny in how little sense it made. A super duper dark base (not the greatest shu, not revolting but definitely murky..sour…ashy..drying) plus, for no particular reason, jasmine? Honestly, it was much better in a giant mug than it was when I first tried it in a gaiwan. Strangely juicy, with not a trace of jasmine or florals.. why were they stuck into it in the first place? In the mug, they are swallowed up by mud. In a gaiwan, they stick out like a sore thumb from the base.. but so unrelated, it’s more like a disembodied floating sore thumb.

Poor little tuocha- I know the plant that grew its leaves worked hard all season gathering the nutrients to turn into sugars and cell walls and everything needed to make it’s little tea leaves. So full of promise and good things! And someone picked those leaves and pile-fermented them and then said to themselves.. you know what? I’m going to take these jasmine flowers over here, and for no reason at all, I’m going to stick ’em onto this pile ’o leaves and make inexplicable tuochas! My friend also thought is was funny in how inappropriate it was.. but it can only be share through experience.

So here the tuocha’s are.. sitting in a baggie on my desk in all ways like a bad joke. I don’t want to laugh at you but.. there’s something in your complete lack-of-sense that also makes you endearing.. like some sort of terrible internet preposterous joke. I imagine unwrapping you and sticking googly eyes on you: that’s who you are.
http://i.imgur.com/4qiQy.jpg

It’s been quite a while since I tried this tea last, and when I came upon it in the giant TO-DRINK-AT-WORK bag, I giggled and said to myself.. Ok- I dare you! Do it! And I did. And survived with some fun! :-P
http://i.imgur.com/7RGy7.jpg

Spoonvonstup

@Relmaster- no, not even floral at all. That’s the funny thing about this tea! Nothing like jasmine tea at all. More like.. “hmm, I have this pu’er.. now what do I do with it? I know! Market it as jasmine pu’er and stick some jasmine in, too. GENIUS

I’m not sure where you’d find it, since my friend sent it to me from China. I also wouldn’t particularly recommend it, except for April Fools? All I can make out on the wrapper is “Moli bing Yunnan pu’er cha” (jasmine bing..yunnan pu’er tea).
http://i.imgur.com/XSSPc.jpg
from 2006 looks like

Spoonvonstup

@Relmaster cont.: “all I can make out”.. because my reading Chinese is so terrible!! I’m like a little 3yr-old.. looking at signs and getting all excited. “Look: it says ‘Mountain!’ That one has a ‘Person’ in it and that one has the number 3!”

Bonnie

This is one of the most entertaining reviews I’ve read this year! Sure there are those beautiful reviews that are poetry that make me hold my breath and fall in love. This one makes me chuckle and smile the whole time! Thank you for reaching inside and pulling out this gem!

Spoonvonstup

Thanks for asking for it, Bonnie! I think I will have to do googley-eyed personaliTEA portraits more often.

Bonnie

You should cut and paste the comment in the review though so everyone can see it easily

Spoonvonstup

Quite right. Thanks, Bonnie! :)

Bonnie

wow…love that!

Scharp

I believe this is the tea you drank:
http://www.yunshow.com/htmlys/yiyoupuer/2012/0515/goods_book_178996.html

I still can’t find the brand name or company. But I found the tea!
云南普洱茶 is written on the right side, and 茉莉 is part of the middle.

Spoonvonstup

Wow! That looks like the one. How did you ever find that? (and were you looking for it in particular?)

Scharp

I looked at a Simplified Chinese online database, and matched up those characters. The others, I could not find. So I searched those few characters in, and Voilà: I came across that page. But I wouldn’t mind tasting it for myself if I had this tea.

Spoonvonstup

@Scharp- would you like mine? I thought I had given all of mine away to a co-worker weeks ago, but I just found the baggie the other day.

Scharp

That would be very kind of you :) Thanks!!

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