Organic Pu-Erh Mini Tuo Cha

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This organic Pu-Erh tea is a style that has been favored in China for hundreds of years. Select leaves are fully fermented and carefully compressed into approximately 5 gram cakes. The rich cup has a full mouth feel and sweet flavor notes.

Steeping Suggestions: –
Leaf Quantity: 1 tuo cha/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 6-7 min.

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Hmm…This is a thought provoking tea. This is my first time trying puerh. I am pleasantly surprised, specifically after the slightly fishy aroma. (Granted, I do like fish.) But I don’t really think it tastes like fish. It’s rather calming and smoky, and has rustic feel. I’m considering my horizons a little broadened. ;)

Thank you Jenny Wren for including this in the swap!

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Glad I can be a part of horizon broadening!

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It’s a “be brave” day. I’m trying pu-erh again. This time it’s the cute looking little tuo cha nests. I have followed the directions rigorously. I’ve boiled my water to 212 degrees. I rinsed it in boiling water then steeped it for six minutes.

The pu-erh tea is thick and black. It smells of leather and grass with a slight sweetness. I added creamer to it as I do to all of my black teas. It isn’t too bad, which is not to say that it is all that good either. Still, it doesn’t smell or taste like dung, which is my previous pu-erh benchmark. There is a slight saltiness and the leather smell carries through to the taste. It still turns my stomach over, though.

I think this is a pretty definitive test. I am a failure at pu-erh appreciation. Does anyone want the rest of the pu-erh sample?


It took me some time to get used to pu-erh, but now I quite like it. You might want to try something that’s got some other flavor to it – I’m a big fan of Samovar’s Blood Orange Pu-erh, myself.


boiling water is only 212 degrees.

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Puerh definately takes getting used to. Try skipping the creamer next time though. What did you brew it in? I prefer making my puerh in a gaiwan so that the steep times are much shorter.

Oh Cha!

Sometimes the problem with a pu-erh is that is has not aged long enough. Throw it on your shelf and come back to it in 5 years.
No, I’m not kidding!

Oh Cha!

P.S. Good pu-erh will not take getting used to. :)

Ones I’ve tried and would recommend include Rishi’s Green Pu-erh Tuo Cha, Pu- erh Ginger, and their new Pu-erh Vanilla Mint.


Pu erh I have found is def. hit or miss, and once you find one, savor it all you can, you may not be able to find it again!


Thank you all so much for your advice. This latest pu-erh tasted ok, but I had the same problem I do with almost every pu-erh: I drink it and then I throw up. The only one that worked out ok was a pu-erh combined with black tea, cocoa, and spices. My guess is that the quantity of pu-erh was small enough that I didn’t react that way.

If I am to throw the remaining pu-erh on a shelf and come back to it in five years, how should I store it? Does it want to breathe or be sealed up tight?


Thanks for the advice Oh Cha. I may try the Pu-erh Ginger since I currently use ginger tea to settle my stomach. So maybe the combination will work well together.

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enjoying this Pu-Erh – just got a gaiwan and made it in that – such a dark brew but not astringent at all – good earth flavors and not gnarly.


i like this “not gnarly” descriptor

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Crack the Mini Toucha in half, rinse with boiling water for 15 seconds pour off, let rest 1 minute, add boiling water, steep 1 min and your in for a true treat!! Robust, smooth, earthy, creamy all the above. Great first cup of the day or after a meal once you get past the funky fishy aroma
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gotta love pu-erh

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Has that “fishy” character brought on by

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5 tasting notes

Strong, dark brew, amazing rich flavor. It’s the coffee of tea!

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Just made a pot and shared it with a friend. While I have enjoyed drinking Pu-Erh for a while now, this was her first taste. And I believe she was pleasantly surprised! I don’t heat the water to boiling , probably closer to 200-210. Personally, I think it gives the tea a softer taste, making it enjoyable rather than a functional tea. If that makes sense.

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