Review: KTeas Pu’Erh Tou Cha

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Thumbs up!"Mild in a very good way."
Troy’s Teaview: 7/10
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kteaslogoTou cha tend to be, not so much a lower quality tea, as a lower grade by leaf size. That is to say, the more complete leaves are used in the larger cakes, and the remaining lower "grade" leaves are used to make up the miniature tou cha. So even though, on the average, tou cha aren't usually as flavorful as the full article, the processing remains of a fine Pu'Erh, are still fine leaves.

This is a case of a truly good, if highly broken leaf taking place in the pressed form of a birds nest. Finding the Tou a bit light weight I did tend to get a better flavor from two to a pot. The flavor was something rather rewarding in a ripe "shou" puerh, namely a degree of subtlety. Ripened Puerh tends to have an overbearing quality which the friendly among us call earthy, and the less friendly call compost-like, but this was absent.

The tou was dark as chocolate in the glass, yet had the flavor of a mild black tea without the sweetness. I never found myself thinking that this was yet another Puerh I would drink in privacy because nobody else would find themselves acquiring the taste for it. Possibly the best purpose for this would be as something convenient to travel with, or a small and rather novel gift to a friend. Just make sure that friend is a double steeper as the flavor was strong enough to last well through two reasonably timed steeps, and even provided a mild third. Not finicky, not overbearing, just rewarding and relaxing.

— To purchase KTeas Pu’Erh Tou 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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