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Mini Tuocha Ripe Pu-erh Tea, 2015



A young monk asked the wise tea master Lao Cha: 

Shifu, is there a tea that would be convenient to carry while traveling, easy to brew and hard to spoil? Something that would keep me going when I’m tired, warm me up when I’m cold and cheer me up when I’m feeling homesick.
– Yes, there is such tea. It is Mini Tuocha Ripe Pu-erh. Its taste is nice and mellow, woody and sweet. It is easy to brew and hard to damage. It will fit into your pocket, and it will be ready to jump into your pot whenever you need it. Have it with you wherever you go and it will never let you down.


This pu-erh comes from the Tuanjie Dazhai tea garden, located in Cangyuan, 1800 meters above sea level. The weather conditions at this farm are mild and humid. Mountain peaks and shrouding clouds surround the garden all year round. They reduce the astringent substance in the tea leaves, making the tea taste sweeter. Meanwhile, frequent rainfalls bring lush color and luster to the tea leaves.

Farmers pick the fresh leaves of this tea in spring, using the "one bud and two leaves" standard. They then undergo traditional processing to turn into ripe pu-erh. First, workers stack the sun-dried maocha onto large piles - sometimes weighing up to three tons. They then sprinkle the tea leaves with water. At the same time, they control the levels of moisture and temperature. It gives birth to various microflora that start to decompose and transform the tea leaves' inner content. At the same time, workers occasionally mix and turn the leaves. This way, they avoid the excessive temperature rise inside the pile - otherwise, the fermentation will occur too quickly. That will void the leaves of their nutrients, at the same time giving them a burnt taste and lifeless aroma. When the fermentation is complete, workers press the leaves in the form of a bird's nest and put them for further storage and aging. It takes about 90 days to finish the processing of this tea. As a result, the brewed tea has a mellow and smooth taste with a hint of sweet fragrance. It comes in a single-serving size that is convenient to use.

The area around Lincang is among the famous pu-erh tea-producing regions in Yunnan. It is situated near the border with Burma, nestling a part of Yunnan's virgin tea tree forests. There, the tea trees grow freely, without human interference, in their natural surroundings and in symbiosis with other plants native to the region. Feng Qing county lies in the northern part of Lincang and is a well-known name among pu-erh tea lovers. It is where the oldest tea tree ever found is located. This tea king, a solemn remnant from distant times, is presumably 3 200 years of age. Lincang is among the most representative areas of ancient tea tree heritage.

Cangyuan County preserves a large number of ancient tea tree forests. More than ​​30,000 mu of wild tea trees grow scattered in the area. Some of the trees' age is estimated to be more than a thousand years. It is one of the regions with the richest biodiversity in Yunnan.


Place of Origin: Cangyuan County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China
Harvest Date:
May 2015
Picking Standard:
One bud with two leaves
Unique "Cangyuan" fragrance
Taste: Mellow and smooth, with a touch of sweetness 
Da Ye Zhong (大叶种)


Brewing guidelines: 

      212℉ / 100℃ 

 1pc    3-4min 

 1pc    Rinse. Then 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion

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