Shu Puer Tuo Cha
Description: This aged Yunnan puer is shaped into small bowls or bird's nests. Use one bowl per small pot. When steeped a short time, it is bright and full-bodied. When steeped longer, it is a strong, earthy, and almost musty. Approximately 30 per 4 oz.
This tea was made by the Menghai Tea Co. in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China.
The flavor of all puer teas evolves over time. This is because there are naturally occurring active micro-organisms in the leaf which change the aroma and the flavor of the tea over time. All dark teas (including puer) can be wonderful when they are "young" ie, less than 2 years old. Each year after that, the flavor will get a little richer, deeper, more complex. Many people store dark teas, particularly puers, for years before drinking, because they really enjoy that more fully evolved, more complex, stronger flavor. So feel free to experiment with steeping times and storage times to find the best method to get the flavor you want from your dark tea.
Suggested Steeping Instructions:
1 bowl | 8 oz water | 212°F | Steep 5 min.
Traditional Steeping Instructions:
1 bowl | 6 oz water | 195°F | Rinse 5 sec. | Steep 30 sec.
Number of Cups:
2 oz makes 19 cups, 4 oz makes 38 cups, 1 lb makes 151 cups