Temple Stairs 2014 Ripe Pu'er Mini Tuocha
“Temple Stairs” - Mini Tuocha (bowl shaped cakes) pressed in March 2014
average weight with wrapper is 5.1 grams each. This creamy and smooth two leaf blend was created using grade one material that was spring-picked and ripened in 2012 and 2013. Not only were both pickings from plantations that are pesticide free, but the two growing areas (at Bada and Mengsong) are far from any cities or air pollution. This is 100% pure tea and some of the finest ripe tea available. We also note that the leaf was expertly cared for in the process of fermentation, yielding a perfectly ripened leaf with full integrity.
Morning arrives soon and with it,
the monkey mind.
In this moment, I’ve this tea -
a training ground upon which I find my center.
Teas from these areas are famous for their uplifting nature as well as their qi raising goodness. As this tea warms your lower dan tien (in laymen terms - the “energy bank account”), you will note hints of cocoa in aroma and taste. Flavors of sweet root vegetables with hints of dark brown sugar dance on your tongue alongside the clean and well-rounded essence of minerals. Check out Nicole's impressions of the mini's from her Tea for Me Blog.
Conventional wisdom among pu'er drinkers is to avoid mini tuochas because they are often comprised of junky leaves and chop destined for tourist shops or shady weight loss websites. Conventional wisdom isn't wrong for the most part. For every twenty different mini's we try, maybe one makes the "would drink again" cut. So why did we press minis along with our 100 gram cakes?
Because they are so convenient (video demo) and have an undeniable "awww cute" factor...just look at them! We have many customers who only drink ripe pu'er when in this handy form and part of our curated mini-tuocha assortments. Travelers, campers, and extremely busy people don't need to sacrifice quality for convenience. This is our exclusive top-shelf mini for the people.
Climb the Temple Stairs and find *your* center.
Basic Brewing Instructions:
- Raw Pu'er tea may be given a 5-10 second rinse (Ripe Pu'er may be given two 5-10 second rinses) with the same temperature water as used for brewing.
- 195˚-212˚ F water temperature.
- Use 1-3 teaspoons per 8 Oz. of filtered water.
- Recommended first steeping of 30 seconds - 1 minute. Add 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion.
Tea brewing is meant to be a joyful exploration. There are no hard and fast rules. Experiment with the quantity of tea that you use, and steeping times. Enjoy discovering what your preferences are. They may change day to day.