Country of Origin: China
Region: Yunnan Province
Shipping Port: Shenzhen
Altitude: 5500’ ft. above sea level
Grade: Mini Toucha
Manufacture Type: Compressed tea
Cup Characteristics: Nest shaped compressed green tea. Each makes tea
for 3. Full bodied with a hint of oak. Infusion: A lightish tea. Leaves
can be brewed multiple times.
Ingredients: Luxury green tea.
Simply put, mini Toucha is the smaller sibling of our large Toucha pods.
This ancient variety of tea is made from a Yunnan large leaf varietal,
Camelia Assamica, and is actually a variety of Pu-erh. The pods
themselves are made by taking the processed green leaves, steaming them,
and then pressing them into small bowl-shaped forms. The process is
quite laborious as each pod must be pressed by hand.
Mini Toucha pods, like all Pu-erh teas age exceptionally well – in China
it is not that uncommon to find processed tea in local Yunnan tea shops
that has been aged for 25 years or more! When infused the tea has a
mild musty character that to connoisseurs is immediately identifiable as
Yunnan Pu-erh. To the unitiated this character can be surprising and
remind one of the smell of fresh earth. It is also because of this
character that the tea is known in some parts of China as “Earth tea.”
As with many green teas, and especially Pu-erh teas, mini-Toucha pods
can be infused multiple times. The next time you brew up a pot pay close
attention to the flavor profile of the cup. Much like re-reading a
novel, or watching a movie again, you will discover that while the
fundamental character remains, the subtle nuances of flavor will change
slightly from cup to cup – a subtle mustiness here – a milder sweetness
there. Truly one of the Yunnan provinces most compelling brews.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling
boil. Use 1 Toucha pod, for a 3 cup teapot. Pour the boiling water into
the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the
longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). This tea is best enjoyed
on its own although a dash of milk can help open the earthy character
of this tea.