Ripe Pu'er Tuo Cha from 2012

Our own 1001plateaus ripe Pu'er Tuo Cha from 2012. Tuo Cha generally has a bad reputation because it's usually made with crappy tea. Our Tuo Cha is excellent Pu'er (picked from large trees) that just happens to be wrapped in little 5 gram pieces. You drop one of these guys into a cup, rinse once and then brew. The flavor is spicy, a slight hint of citrus and woody nuances, and the liquid is thick. The leaves decompress easily, so you're not stuck in a meeting trying to poke it apart with your pen, and can be brewed many times, and if you manage to save these for a few years the flavor will only get better. We are selling them in 20 piece bags (100 grams).

Brewing tips: Tuo Cha can be brewed very simply. Pour near boiling water over it, and you're done. If you have the time or the inclination you can rinse the tea first with near boiling water, shake the piece around until it starts to decompress, and discard the rinse (around 20 seconds), then add more water to brew, and after 5 to 10 seconds pour the tea into a separate cup to drink. By pouring off the tea you can reuse the leaves for subsequent rounds, by adding more water and gradually increasing the steeping time.

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