Tuocha #2Regular price $17.00
Origin: Yunnan Province, China
Description: Pu-erh is a fermented tea produced in Yunnan Province. It is the only tea that uses microbial fermentation to process and oxidize the leaves. If done in the traditional manner, the tea is pressed into brick forms after the first stage of fermentation, where it would continue to ferment and deepen with flavour as it ages. For many years these tea bricks were used as currency, and it is still common for people to invest in the tea today. Pu-erh exists in two forms – ‘Raw’ Pu-erh, which comes in brick or cake form, and ‘Cooked’ Pu-erh, which is processed as loose leaf. This age-old fermented tea has great health benefits and is highly valued in parts of Asia, and its unique flavour is starting to gain more traction outside China. Formed into small cakes, this raw Pu-erh offers a wonderful introduction to fermented teas. The liqueur is deep, dark, and nearly opaque, with a rich and earthy cup.
Tasting Notes: This tea steeps to a rich, purple-tone - the deep colour is similar to espresso. The smell of a fresh-baked zucchini loaf rises in the steam - sweet, warm and slightly toasted. The cup has a musk of aged wood and hay, which sits mid-tongue. A natural lingering sweetness. The cup is smooth, and pairs well with rich, oily foods both sweet and savoury.
Brewing Instructions: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. steep 3-5 minutes. re-steep.