A teeny little tuo in a wee gaiwan on a tiny tea tray with itty bitty teacups today. It looks like tea for a large doll or a small child. I think these tuo are supposed to be 3g, 50ml porcelain gaiwan, glass cups were sold as 50ml but I think they’re really only 30ml. The tray just barely fits the gaiwan, small glass cha hai and two cups. I keep a small tea towel folded inside the tray to absorb the rinse and drips because the tray is so shallow I think water would slosh out when I pick it up. Not my first time drinking this tea but it’s the first time I’ve used this combination of teaware and first time making Steepster notes on it.
This isn’t very fancy tea but it’s cute and the individually wrapped mini tuo are good for travel or quick tea sessions. I could see it being an everyday tea, especially for someone without the tools to pick apart large cakes. It smells kind of savory and brothy to me dry. The wet leaf smells a bit sweeter. It comes apart in just a couple of steeps and the leaf is broken up small bits. The sludge in the bottom of my cup is about the same size as what’s in the gaiwan. Maybe it’s just because I’m hungry but something about it smells like an instant vegetable soup mix to me. Flavor seems like pretty generic ripe pu-erh. It’s not bad but it’s not the most fantastic tea I’ve ever consumed. Definitely drinkable but I don’t feel bad about reading and working on stuff while drinking and not just focusing on the tea.
I think Yunnan Sourcing has the 2019 version of this now, as well as the 2019 raw minis. I’d consider buying them if I can squeeze them into an order. They wouldn’t be super high priority for me but they’re okay and I remember them being pretty cheap. And I think all minis are cute.