Ripened Chrysanthemum Pu-erh Mini Tuocha

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Pu-erh Tea
Chrysanthemum, Pu Erh Tea Leaves
Caramel, Floral, Oak wood, Smoke, Sweet, Earth, Forest Floor
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 oz / 105 ml

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Origin: Pu’er, Yunnan, China

Ingredients: Shredded leaves compressed into birds nest shape and individually wrapped, and Chrysanthemum

Taste: A complex mellow taste with a subtle sweetness from the Chrysanthemum flower

Brew: One tuocha for 8oz of water. Brew at 212 ºF (100 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: Pu-erh tea is a great fat busting weight loss product. It is known for centuries for its ability to help digest fatty foods, increase the metabolism and reduce cholesterol levels. This tea is also good for those who are looking for long term weight maintenance. Eating healthier foods and drinking this wonderful tea, especially after meals is the key to a successful diet. Pu erh tea also contains polyphones which attacks free radicals, which protects you from various diseases.

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2216 tasting notes

I have been feeling a little bit “off” for a couple of weeks now. I am pretty sure it is from too much holiday food combined with getting off of my exercise schedule during the holidays and now trying to put it all back together. After meals I feel especially strange, so I think my digestion needs some TLC.

I turn to puerh tonight to see if that will help. This is the my very last tuo cha from Teavivre, but I do have two kinds of their loose puerh left as well as the beeng Cha I got from Mandala in December. This was actually sent to me by AmyOh way back, but since it is puerh it has only been getting better!

I gave this a 30 second rinse, then a one minute steep. It is nice and dark. I immediately made another one minute steep and combine the two in my fair cup. It is still quite dark. The flavor is rich and the floral aspect muted. The taste is not fishy at all, and very horsey. I think of piles of leaves and mushrooms, nice and earthy.

I will probably go three more steeps on this tonight.

Edited to add: final steeps were so good. The tea seemed to get a thicker mouthfeel, that thing I call a cedar oil coating. It feels so smooth.

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3262 tasting notes

Another sipdown of another sample!
I just got home from a performance with the UMSL University Symphony Orchestra. The highlight of the performance was a cello concerto, Schelomo. The young man who played it was amazing, I feel honored to have been part of the orchestra tonight!
So I’m having this tea to wind down, & also getting ready to start on my taxes in a few minutes. I have to tell you, this tea brewed beautifully! The chrysanthemum floated to the surface & looked so perfect, that I took a pic & posted it on my FB. If you want to see it, go to

Anyway, a beautiful evening!


Yeah on the concert! Boo on the taxes.
Besides the beautiful display, how does this differ from the rose tuocha? The rose is definitely smoother than the straight mini.

Terri HarpLady

I wish I could answer that question! Since I drank one in the morning & the other in the evening, it’s hard to say.
I can say I enjoyed them both, that they were both smooth, & slightly nuanced by their respective flowers. I haven’t tried the plain one, & probably won’t because I have so much puer here already, if you know what I mean! I think if I purchase more, I’ll brew a cup of each & sip them side by side to observe their differences. I do think the chrysanthemum was slightly more flower flavored than the rose.

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6770 tasting notes

For the rest of today I will ONLY be sipping and posting NEW TO ME Teas and Tasting Notes :)

For this one…I will do an infusion test.

1st infusion

Color: Medium Brown
Aroma Prior To Infusing: Edamame-like and semi woodsy
Aroma After Infusing: Earthy and Woodsy but subtle than most Pu-erhs
Taste: It’s quite nice! I’m pleasantly surprised! It’s caramelly, semi-malty-cocoa, and a hint of floral mixed with woodsy. I’m very glad this isn’t overly floral. Also very glad this isn’t too harsh of a pu-erh “muddy” flavor. This is very nice! I really enjoyed the first infusion! I’m looking forward to the 2nd infusion…to compare. As it cools a bit it does get sweeter…neat!


This tea sounds delicious!

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I received a sample of this in my most recent shipment from Teavivre (Thanks, Angel!). I’m excited to try it out since I love a good pu-erh and I really enjoy chrysanthemum herbal infusions.

I was a little concerned at first since there was precisely one chrysanthemum in the tuo. Then I realized that it’s been in that little wrapped up tuo for quite a long time, so I really haven’t got anything to worry about, now have I?

I’m in the office, so I used my “Perfect Tea Maker” or whatever it’s called from Teavana (a very nice gift from my friend, TheDizzyPixie). The infusion is nice and dark and beautiful to me. It has the earthiness of any pu-erh, but a nice sweetness to the aroma that speaks to the chrysanthemum.

The tea itself is a surprisingly mellow, nice pu-erh with a pleasant, lightly sweet after-taste.

I’m very happy with this and imagine I shall be ordering more in future!

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

This sounds nice. I hope I get a sample or two of puerh with my teavivre order.

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189 tasting notes

tu– cha

Appearance: small tu-cha button, Chrysanthemum pressed into the back of it.
Aroma when Dry: toasted nuts, earthy, faint floral notes
After water is first poured: nutty, creamy, buttery caramel notes
At end of first steep: murky, earthy, peaty, floral
Tea liquor:
At first? Light red brown
At end of steep: opaque black– brown
Staple? No
Preferred time of day: afternoon
At first?: heavy, slightly creamy earthy notes, clay, hints of floral, slight sour finish
As it cools?: notes get more earthy, heavier
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, deep earth notes, slight floral leads on sour close

Second steep (3 min)
Aroma: floral,woody
At first: more Chrysanthemum notes, with floral notes lingering longer, still heavy, earthy

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I still have one of these that I need to sip down…

Kasumi no Chajin

I broke off some bits, and it was still a very heavy, almost thick tea.

Kasumi no Chajin

I don’t have much expirince with pu-erh (mostly Numi bagged, which I will restock with loose leaf)…and these are my first tucha. teavive seems to have instructions on shaving it somewhere, can’t find that now.

basicly though you shave/pry off what you want to use from the tucha like you would a brick of tea, though many here on steepster put the whole thing in their gaiwan.


With Tuocha I usually just put them in a cup or small pot. I give these a quick rinse so they stat to soften and break down. Then I infuse over and over. Sometimes I drink those one at a time, sometimes I combine them all into one pot. The large cakes (beeng cha) I do use a tomato knife to poke it and then wiggle a chunk off! :) They sell puerh picks and puerh knives, but I don’t have one yet.

Terri HarpLady

I don’t have a puer knife either. I use a little tiny screw driver that has a real small but clean edge. I’m thinking I’d like something a little more pointed, & will probably buy a puer pick eventually, as I’m a sucker for paraphernalia anyway, but for now this will do when I’m working with a cake. The cute little tuochas go in the cup or Gaiwan whole. It’s fun to watch them fall apart!

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4847 tasting notes

A very nice Pu-erh. Pressed inside the little tuocha is a chrysanthemum blossom … making for a “treasure hunt” of sorts. Makes the act of brewing tea a little more fun.

And I like the contrast of flavors that the chrysanthemum provides. It is sweet, but it is a different sweetness than the caramel-y tones from the Pu-erh, which keeps things interesting. It also has a slight sharpness to it that sort of lightens what would otherwise be a heavy, earthy background. This juxtaposition of flavors give the cup an interesting sense of balance that I quite enjoy.

I’m off to write a review for this one.

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1015 tasting notes

Many thanks to the Teavivre team for this lovely sample! The first infusion after a short rinse yielded a very dark, almost thick tea. It was a little bit earthy for my taste, but this was easily remedied with the addition of a small amount of sugar and a splash of milk. The second infusion was just as dark, but not as thick as the first. The floral aspect of the chrysanthemum is more noticeable this time around and adds a nice, light sweetness. The third infusion was significantly lighter with the floral sweetness even more noticeable than before.

Overall, I really enjoyed this pu-erh. I would love to try the other varieties from Teavivre – specifically the rose pu-erh. I am loving my samples from Teavivre so far. Thanks again for the chance to sample some of your tea!

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Sample provided courtesy of Teavivre…

I’ve never had a Chysanthemum pu-erh before and I was looking forward to trying this one. It was very nice the way the flower opened up after this steeped. 195 F water for 2-3 minutes. I should have used boiling but that’s what our water boiler is set to currently.

First steep: This is pretty earthy and woodsy! It’s also a bit seaweedy with a hint of smoke. I wonder if I should have tossed the first steep?

Second steep: Floral scent is emerging! I am getting a bit of the sweetness here and it’s a lot less murky than the first steep. I need to get into the habit of rinsing these a bit in boiling water before steeping them.

When it comes to pu-erhs I am biased and picky. I do have definite preferences and flavor profiles but I don’t think this is one of them. I may have to spend some more time with this tea before I can really assess it. I was glad I had the chance to try it but I’m a little confused by it.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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34 tasting notes

I was given this one by TeaVivre, so thank you again!

I drank it this morning after an almost sleepless night to calm me down a little bit. While steeping, the chrysanthemum flower came of and blossomed in the pot, which made the act of brewing so much more fun :)

The color was really thick and dark, just the way I like it. At first I thought I oversteeped it, but it turned out to be just right. The taste is really earthy, with some wooden touches. On the second steeping, the floral hints are becoming more apparent, which I like very much. And is leaves a great sweet aftertaste, but I still added half a teaspoon of sugar to help that floral taste to be richer.

A great tea, I will be looking forward to ordering this one and maybe trying some of the other TeaVivre Pu-Erhs.

Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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14 tasting notes

Nice ripe pu-erh, deep and not too simple. Chrysanthemum blossom adds some interesting taste at later steeps.

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