Mini Tuo 2018, shu cha pu’er
A single dose, easy tasting post-fermented tea
Take these little studs to the dimsum restaurant for a real cup of tea to go with those savoury morsels. Or on a trip, or any place where you may make tea only in a mug, or even in a thermo flask. Because of its convenient form of package, there are countless makes of mini tuo in the market. Of all those we have screened, Haiwan’s Old Comrade has always come out as the best in taste. This compact 5 gram single dose yields a sweet, round body with surprisingly fullness. More so considering the very friendly price.
Net weight: approx 120 g (4.2 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Other taste worthy selections
Bulang 2016, Pu’er shengchaPuer Maocha, Home, Tea, Pu'er teas, Yunnan, Lighter Aromas, Stronger Tastes, Neutral-Cool Energy
Forest Tree Tea:Deep in the mountains in Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan tea trees grow wild amongst other woods and plants in Bulang Shan. Ethnic mountain people, particularly women, bring with them wood ladders and a plank for platform for plucking in tea season, perhaps as it has always been since antiquity. As a continuation of this tradition, Bulang Silver Spring is hand-processed and slow dried over wood charcoal the same way. This shengcha puer is bright and refreshing when consumed as a new tea, or can be put away for maturity.
Bada 2011, Pu’er shu chaHome, Tea, Pu'er teas, Yunnan, Denser Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Neutral Energy
Traditional Premium Shu Cha :At 1800 m elevation, the temperature difference between day and night can easily be over 15°C even on a hot summer day. That is deep in the mountains in He Song of the Bada region in Xishuangbanna. Leaves grow much slower here, accumulated in them a little bit more plant protein, and the rich minerals from the pristine mountain soils. We pick whole sun-withered leaves from these native tea trees to process and mature into our premium grade shu cha pu’er. Presenting Bada, possibly the richest, deepest, and yet roundest post-fermented tea there is. Net weight: 120 g (4.2 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Imperial Golden Tip 2013, Pu’er shu chaTea, Pu'er teas, Yunnan, Denser Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Neutral Energy
Menghai Fine Leaf Classic Pu’er:The full body and fine taste of Imperial Golden Tip is possible only because of the foundation of a fine tippy tea, a masterfully and patiently executed post-fermentation processing and a specialistic approach in maturing. A great value for the level of taste it delivers. An optimal choice for the health benefits of pu’er tea. Net weight: 100 g (3.5 oz) in Kraft Alu Pack
Old Comrade “7548” 2007, matured Pu’er shengchaPu'er teas, Compressed tea, Yunnan, Floral Aromas, Stronger Tastes, Neutral-Cool Energy
45 years of refined tea masteryWhen I first entered Zao Bing Liang’s tasting room, the air is filled with the freshness of the aroma of maocha. Bags of samples from newly collected loose leaves lined up in rows, each marked with a numeric code. The teas were trucked in from the various mountains in the region. Some maybe less than 30 minutes away, others can be a full day. Yunnan is over 10% larger even than the whole of Germany and tea trees exist in almost all of its mountains. Some of these maochas are from highly sought after famous villages or mountains, which will be individually made into products carrying their origin names to demand very high market prices. A new discus from Ban Zhang, for example, can easily be fetching thousands of dollars. Aged ones are even much pricier. Yet there are more others from not as highly demanded origins, but also taste worthy. That’s where Zao’s “formulae” come in. Since the 1970’s, the old master has developed a number of recipes for ganging up harvests from origins of lesser known names for more affordable delicious teas. 7548 is the code name for his most prized and classic shengcha formula. These bags of samples in lines were there for the old master to finalise which batches and what proportion for the mix. He does that every harvest, for every product. Presenting the 7548 cha bing from Lao Tong Zhi ( ie Old Comrade ), Master Zao’s very own tea brand. Batch 701 is the first batch of year 2007. That means the best of the year and matured till now. It is a prime product of old Master Zao’s passion for bringing quality to more people without the price tag of premium origin labels.
Sweet, earthy aroma with an overtone hinting the fragrance of TCM cooling herbal tonic. Accents of dried red dates, moist moss and woody herbs. Light hints of glutenous rice steamed in lotus leaf wrap. Substantial thickness in mouth feel. Smooth, balanced body that is quite soft considering the deceivingly dark colour. Cooling and slightly sweet. Consistently earthy, accented with the light bitterness of Chinese almond. Sweet, cooling aftertaste.
Use 250 ml of water to the piece. Blanch two times before the first infusion. If you are not really used to dark tea, infuse for one minute to begin with. Otherwise infuse for 2.5 min in the first brew. 3.5 in the second. 6 in the third. For a real taster, 5~6 min in the first. Always use near boiling water. This is an easy tasting tea in the dark tea category. Once you are used to stronger brew from this tea, try doing that with our more substantial dark teas, such as Bada or Imperial Golden Tip, for another level of epicurean experience.
|Dimensions||18 × 9 × 5 cm|
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