REVIEW: Canton Tea Co – Raw Mini Tuo Cha (2013)

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Tea: Raw (Sheng) Puerh from De Hong, Yunnan
Purchased at: Canton Tea Co. website
Retail price: £7.50 for 50 grams / £32.50 for 250 grams
Link to Raw Mini Tuo Cha on Canton website

Dry leaf:
– The dry leaf has a fresh, grassy aroma
– The mini Tuo Cha is an attractive tea with a vibrant green colour

Infused tea:
– With each infusion, the cup colour becomes darker and the aroma of the liquor becomes more pronounced
– The liquor, especially with the first two infusions, is smooth and sweet. With each infusion, the liquor takes on a bolder flavour that I would compare to a green gunpowder (smoky flavour but not as astringent)

Conclusions/tips:
– Using gongfu style to infuse this tea is best. Infuse the tea with 250 milliliters of 95C degree water for 20 seconds. You can get six to eight great infusions out of this tea
– This is the first raw Puerh that I’ve ever tried. I was very impressed and cannot wait to try other raw Puerh teas. In my opinion, if you like green tea, you should try raw Puerh. It doesn’t have the acquired earthy flavour that many people dislike about cooked Puerh
– With the tea pressed into a mini Tuo Cha, it is extremely easy to prepare

Score:
4.25/5

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Fourth infusion

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Opposite side of Mini Tuo Cha

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Mini Tuo Cha wrapped in paper

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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3 Responses to REVIEW: Canton Tea Co – Raw Mini Tuo Cha (2013)

  1. Martyn says:

    Be careful…once you go down that raw Puerh rabbit hole …very few come back 🙂

    Lovely Blog – you have let me know of many tea vendors I never knew existed!

  2. Pingback: Canton – Raw Mini Beeng Cha | teaxplorer

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