Sticky Rice Pu-erh Tuo Cha

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Pu'erh Tea
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Earth, Grass, Mushrooms, Rice, Dirt
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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Upton Tea Imports

This selection is a mixture of Shou pu-erh and the Nuo Mi Xiang herb. When infused, the liquor yields an earthy aroma with hints of cinnamon. The earthy flavor emerges in the cup, along with notes of dark molasses and honey. Each square or heart-shaped (as available) "tuo cha" piece will yield approximately two cups of tea.

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226 tasting notes

(Appearance) Nicely pressed into a heart-shape. The tuocha falls apart in the cup fast and easily. (Aroma) Strong smell of rice and mushrooms.

(Taste) A very nice blend of rice, mushrooms and earth. It can be re-steeped many times without any appreciable loss in flavor, which is very consistent. Overall it is a very comforting and relaxing tea (if not the most complex), one of my favorites for winding down. Will certainly buy again…and again… and again.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Mushrooms, Rice

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Yum yum. This one is earthy, starchy and rich. It’s a go-to tea when I’m looking for something dark and strong.

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67 tasting notes

When I first got this sample, I overlooked it, thinking it was a chocolate heart in its gold foil wrapper. Once I saw the label, I started plotting the perfect day to give it a shot.

Wow! This could easily become a habit. This smells exactly like sticky rice (a staple in my home). The aroma is so powerful I can’t help but taste it with each sip. There’s a hint of mushrooms or something similar, too.

Now I need to invite my wife to try it to justify an inevitable order. Ho-o-o-o-o-ney!


It is bizarre how much it smells just like sticky rice, and all due to an added herb. Teavivre has some bagged, and I think I have by…Whispering Pines perhaps? Or it may be Upton. I have a couple of Lapsangs on the way that you guys need to try! Will send asap.

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I feel like I am coming up for air.

For a long time we have been helping to take care of my dear precious mother-in-law. Sometimes this meant 24/7 having someone by her side and sometimes it meant having a meal schedule to help feed her. I was in charge of ordering her medicines and delivering them, helping with the schedule, and all doctor appointments and discussing hospital procedures, along with a sister-in-law who attended part of the appointments and did lots and lots of bedside sitting. Lots.

She passed away last Wednesday and now there is a big hole. All the things that used to be hard to fit into the schedule are gone, but now we are in the phase of getting everything reported which is a little harder because her husband was retired military so there is a bit of government paperwork to do as well.

But for now, I can sit and drink tea and see my best friend for the first time in quite a while.

This tea had gotten lost in the jumble of a big box, but it is going to be a frequent tea for while because I really like it. Easy to steep, adorable gold-wrapped heart-shaped tuo cha, and delicious mushroom and rice flavor.

I raise my cup to Mima, a great mother-in-law, a dream grandmother to my children, and a wonderful woman.


Glad you can sit and breathe for a bit! Enjoy a little peace. You’ve had a long journey.


I think she had an exemplary daughter in law as well. I lost a friend and a family member two weeks ago so my prayers are for you.


Sorry for you loss Ash!Peace to you and your Family & Mother In Law! My 94 year old Grandma is still with us, but facing end of life struggles. It is so hard to watch & deal with, I know. Love & prayers to you! :)


My prayers and condolences for you and your family! I recently lost my great aunt in November (87 years old). It was a very rough time for me, but she had been through a lot of rough times ever since my other aunt (her sister) had passed. However, we are fortunate to have those who were dear to us, remain forever in our hearts. Although my heart had broken, I know that she is truly in a better place; therefore, that gives me comfort…and as I said, she’ll always be there with the memories….I hope that you’ll get to relax and look up, too. Enjoy your time to relax and hopefully reflect on those times passed.


My condolences to you and your family.

Evol Ving Ness

So sorry for your loss, Ashmanra.

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371 tasting notes

Brewed Western-style in a ceramic teapot.

A palatable, every day shou, especially for a beginner. I recommend letting it steep only once, for 10 minutes. The leaf doesn’t yield much flavor in the second infusion, following a 6 minute steeping. This way, the broth has as much flavor as it can have. The color is very dark brown, like coffee. Has a one-dimensional flavor profile, but delicious: cream of mushroom. Very mushroom. No qi effects, but it is soothing on the tongue. The dry leaf aroma is very earthy; wet leaf aroma, damp wood.

Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Wow no one has logged this yet? This was the tea of the morning here in my house. I loved the cute little heart shape of the tuo cha. As with most pu-erh’s this one smelled really earthy, with hints of sticky rice. I employed my handy little mouse yixing pot for the honors. I also managed to spill some of it all over the place as I tried to record pouring my tea…it’s harder than it looks!

The tea itself smells and tastes like the yummy rice used in sushi making and I am in heaven. My only complaint is the directions call for a steep type of 6 minutes…which I thought was pretty long for a pu-erh. So I opted for 2 minutes and I thought it came out perfect.

Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Mushrooms, Rice

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

My husband says rice pu-erh smells like stinky socks. Can’t seem to get that imagery out of my head when I taste one.


This one did not give me that impression and trust me my sniffer is in full working order. :)

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