Ripened Chrysanthemum Pu-erh Mini Tuocha from Teavivre

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Product Description:

A Premium Pu-erh Mini Tea Cake infused with Chrysanthemum flowers

  • Plucked and manufactured in June 2008 in Simao, Pu’er, Yunnan, China
  • Premium Pu-erh tea leaves and Chrysanthemum flower individually wrapped and compressed into beautiful bird’s nest shaped tea cakes for convenient brewing and storage
  • Brews a tea with a deep mahogany color
  • Chrysanthemum lends a light sweet floral note to the rich complex flavor of the Pu-erh tea

Read more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This mini tuocha cakes are neat!  There is one chrysanthemum flower tucked inside each little nest, and as the Pu-erh steeps and begins to fall apart, the chrysanthemum flower is revealed.  This isn’t like a blooming or flowering art tea, it is more like a buried treasure tea!

The aroma of the dry tuocha is what I’ve come to expect from Pu-erh – earthy.  I don’t know if I’ve just become more acquainted with that scent from Pu-erh or if this is a lighter earthy scent in this Pu-erh, but I’m not finding this off-putting as I normally would.  It doesn’t smell delicious or anything, but, it isn’t revolting either.  I tried to see if I could smell the flower, but I did not, perhaps the delicate scent o f the chrysanthemum was overwhelmed by the earthy tones of the Pu-erh.

I used my gaiwan and infused using short steeps (a quick 10 second rinse, then a 30 second infusion for the first steep, and added 15 seconds with each subsequent infusion).  The flavor is rich and deep.  Earthy, yes, but, I find that the subtle sweet notes of flower from the chrysanthemum provide contrast to the earthy tones.

There is, of course, that amazing sweetness to this Pu-erh … a deep caramel-y flavor that is what finally won me over and helped me develop an appreciation for Pu-erh.  The floral tones are very nice, and they develop as I continue to sip. The floral note has a slight sharpness to it which when juxtaposed to the strong sense of earth in the background tempers what would otherwise be quite a heavy flavor.  A nice balance, and certainly an enjoyable Pu-erh experience.

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