I’ve heard so much about this tea, most of it good. On the negative side, I’ve heard that it’s an acquired taste. I’d only tried Pu-erh once before. I shouldn’t say tried - I brewed it, but didn’t actually sip the tea because I couldn’t get past the extremely earthy fragrance.
A while ago I posted about a company called Tea Vivre. The tea samples they sent to me were wonderful, high quality tea, but due to my previous experience with Pu-erh, I was reluctant to sample their Mini Tuocha.
These are small cakes of ripened Pu-erh tea flakes. They are individually wrapped and the little cakes of tea are shaped like birds nests. They can be aged for many years, like fine wine. The package said that these were produced in May 2007.
What a surprise – this is nothing like the Pu-erh from my first experience. The flavor is very mellow and I did not find it too earthy. It was interesting to read on the company website that this tea is served after large meals since it breaks down fat (may be helpful for weight loss).
I’m glad that I finally sampled the Ripened Aged Pu-erh Mini Tuocha. This could easily become a favorite. Have you tried it yet?