Review: KTeas Pu’erh Tuo Cha

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Its OK"Tuo chas are cute. About the size and shape of a cherry, they are little hollow bowls made of pressed tea and come wrapped in white tissue paper. The compressed leaves are dark brown with flecks of lighter, ruddy brown and smell nicely sweet and earthy. Serious pu'erh drinkers, who expect to know the age and provenance of such teas, will be disappointed but for a portable everyday version, this has potential. "
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kteaslogoFrom the KTeas website: "Pu’erh tea compressed into little birds nests or tuo chas. Grown in southern China’s Yunnan province. An ancient Chinese tea with a unique taste, which is thought to have powerful digestive and cleansing properties as well as aiding in lowering bad cholesterol naturally."

Tuo chas are cute. About the size and shape of a cherry, they are little hollow bowls made of pressed tea and come wrapped in white tissue paper. The compressed leaves are dark brown with flecks of lighter, ruddy brown and smell nicely sweet and earthy. Serious pu'erh drinkers, who expect to know the age and provenance of such teas, will be disappointed but for a portable everyday version, this has potential.

I popped one tuo cha into an 8 oz infuser cup and let it steep in 208F water for the recommended 5 minutes. It slowly fell apart, turning the water an intensely deep reddish brown. The aroma was what I would call fresh turned earth and leaf mould, reminding me of walking in the woods in early spring, just after the snow has melted and new growth hasn't started yet.

First infusion: I was underwhelmed. It was not bitter—far from it. Rather, it was a little on the thin side; earthy, but with little depth and no sweetness to speak of.

Second infusion: 6 min. This steeping had more body, a very dark color, a little thicker flavor, still primarily earthy, with a lingering earthy finish.

Third infusion: 7 min. The flavor was thinner, more like the first steeping, and much lighter in color. There was a touch of sweetness and definite earthiness in the finish.

Fourth infusion: 8 min. Very light in color, with a light, earthy flavor, and a slight hint of sweetness in the finish. Drinkable but not dramatic.

One of the things that makes pu'erhs interesting is that, like oolongs, they change character with each successive infusion. This one certainly meets that standard, and could probably have been taken through a few more if I hadn't run out of hot water. The flavor palette was not stunning, but at $5.95 per oz, (roughly 8-10 tou chas) this is an affordable, portable pu'erh, and would be great for hiking and camping, or travel in general. All you need is a cup and some hot water.

— To purchase KTeas Pu’erh Tuo Cha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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