Pu-erh Tuocha .In Pursuit of TeaNovember 4, 2007 at 1:55 am | Posted in Pu-Erh, Shu (cooked), Tea Reviews | Leave a comment
never been interested in the tuocha, so why not try it …
got this package from Whole Foods (while drinking a cup of the competition’s wuyi oolong)
says rich earthy flavor
open pkg, earthy/meds smell… hmmm…
the little tuocha wrapped in paper is kind of cute, so i throw it into a boiling pot of water (substitute pot with about 6oz, and boiling with ~200F)
4min: somewhat a dense, confusing flavor made of “earthy”-woody?-medicinal not strongly so but when i gave to wife, she goes: “are u trying to poison me?” …hmmm… is my taste changing? have i started to lose ability to detect medicinal tones of puerrrr? …anyway
subsequent 4min: more woody-medicinal now, flavor seems more defined. medicinal. ok there it is.
also get a very faint flavor that reminded of the lapsang souchong- sortof benzene-like.
astringency? not that i know of. but so there aint not much choco flavor neither.
aftertaste: not much.
liquor forms the haze on it. (what now looks to me like some sort of condensation… microclimate going on… like the smoke lingers above the liquor in a cloud-like fashion, if blow on it, disappears)
Compared it to Royal Pu’er Cha (Yun Nan Cha) .Zhong Guo Cha, and definitely i prefer the “royal pu” – there is no medicinal taste.
in conc: meh, is not good on me tongue, so am not planning on stock.