There are many Tuo PuErh teas on the market, in fact, the world is flooded with the stuff. So many (we would say 9 out of 10) are poorly made and have that distinctive fishy or dried squid aroma indicating mass production, poor ripening, no ageing or excessively wet storage. This smell demonstrates that the wrong kinds of moulds have developed and the stronger the smell the poorer the quality.
We have searched far and wide for Tuo tea and this one is spectacular. We previously offered a big client favourite from 1998 and when we began running low we became a bit anxious that we could not find a match. However, I think we may have found one which is even more delicious! Produced in 1996 and aged for over 20 years in perfect dry storage in Yunnan to make a crazily silky tea with lots of matured, dry fruit and antique wood aromas with a fudge creaminess that is usually reserved for the top level ripe cakes. We areso happy that we have found such quality in a tuo shape and at a really affordable price.
This is a cooked Pu Erh which means that the Pu Erh leaves are picked, withered and pan fired before being piled for a couple of months in a heated and moist room to accelerate the natural fermentation process giving an earthy but clean flavour.
To brew cooked Pu Erh tea Western style, infuse about 2.5g (heaped teaspoon) of leaf per 300ml of 95c water for about 2 minutes. You can reinfuse up to 6 times by adding 30 seconds for every subsequent infusion.
To brew Pu Erh tea Gong fu style, infuse about 5g of leaf per 150m of 95c water for about 5 seconds. You can reinfuse up to 20 times by adding 10 seconds for every subsequent infusion.
For more details on correct brewing check the Tea Brewing Chart
Pu Erh Teas are low in tannins. They have a rich, unique earthy flavor and can be used for multiple steepings without losing flavor. According to scientific studies Pu-erh teas have many health benefits. Pu-er tea aids in eliminating fat, improving your body's metabolism and strengthening your body for youthful longevity. Pu-erh Tea cleanses the blood, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, helps with weight control and is also known to help a hangover or two. It is the perfect tea after a heavy meal as it helps relieve any indigestion and aids in the digestion of fatty foods.