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This Ripened Cube Tuocha Pu-erh Mini Brick 2006 is the type of aged pu-erh, made of ripened pu-erh leaves. It is fully fermented which makes the tea taste rich, mellow and earthy. The fermentation also make the Ripened Cube Tuocha can be stored permanently. And the longer it is stored properly, the richer and mellower the flavor will become, much like a fine wine. Thus you can either brew this tea immediately after you purchased it, or preserve it for years for a better taste and higher values.Besides of the good quality for drinking and storing, ripened pu-erh tea is also good for health. In China this tea is well-known for its ability to break down fat, and help with digestion.
Our Ripened Cube Tuocha Pu-erh Mini Brick 2006 is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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Pu-erh tea gets its name from the region in China where it was first harvested, the city of Pu-erh in the Yunnan Province of China. Pu-erh tea is often classified as being a variety of tea by itself, and is sometimes classified at being a dark tea (dark tea is one of the six classes of tea in China), or as a type of black tea in the United States, although it is actually a variety by itself, such as green tea or white tea. Pu-erh tea is available as a loose leaf tea or in a compressed form such as tea cakes or tea bricks, or our TeaVivre miniature tea cakes.
It is produced as it has been historically in the Yunnan Province of China, which has been a mecca for Pu-erh tea of the highest quality for over 800 years. The Yunnan Province is on the edge of Tibet, and has a very high elevation with warm summers producing abundant rainfall which gives these tea trees especially large, plump buds and leaves which are ideal for producing a premium Pu-erh tea.
Pu-erh tea is one of the oldest types of tea in China, with a history stretching back over 1,700 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty, when the tea was called Jing Cha. Pu-erh is named after the town of Pu-erh in the Yunnan province of China, which was the early trading center for this tea. Pu-erh has also been used as a bartering currency or dowry in parts of China. In Southwest China the famed Cha Ma Gu Dao - “Tea Horse Road” - was built especially to transport Pu-erh tea through the Himalayas to other countries and areas in Tibet.
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Fine and smooth ripe Pu-erh cubes; individual portions make it easy to take them with you anywhere and something nice to give away. This tea keeps going after 8 steeps, but better use 2 cubes if you want to brew more than 200ml of water. There is an interesting hint of black pepper that gives character to this tea.
I brewed this the first time according to directions (one mini-brick to between sixteen and seventeen ounces of water), but found that didn't work well for my tastes, having plenty of body but no flavour. Cutting the water to eight ounces gave me a much better experience, producing an earthy cup with cinnamon nuances and a decent resteeper.
I have been drinking Pu-erh tea for years. This tea is excellent. It is smooth and rich.
I like the portion size cube. It is also high quality and can be steeped several times. I'm somewhat new to pu her but this is the best ripe one I have had so far.
This Shou really hit the spot. These little cubes are convenient and are very clean and smooth-tasting. The tea page mentions a clay taste, and I think I get that in most ripe puerhs. It was evident here, but the flavor was nice and uncomplicated, and sweetened upon further steeps. It steeps out fairly quickly. Overall, it’s a great everyday Shou.
I have never tried Pu-erh until now and I`m surprised with its taste. To be honest, I have feeling that I would prefer raw Pu-erh, but this one is really high-quality product. Cubes are cute and small, appropriate to carry with you when you travel, work, go somewhere for weekend. Moreover, the package is great, with three free examples. Great experience
I was going to try and make this one in a gaiwan but I got a last minute notice that prevented me from that and instead I did a single long steep in a 250ml teapot. What’s interesting with this ‘mini’ type of pressed Pu Erh is that it’s really convenient for trips and I use that advantage to the fullest. The disadvantage with this type of Pu Erh is that the leaf is coarsly broken (I’ve seen the fragments from few millimeters to an centimeter or two) which in return results in less steeps and sometimes more bitter taste than the usual pressed ripe Pu Erh. A good part of these ‘mini’ Pu Erhs are pressed really hard and it takes some time for the leaf to expand and release its active components, but this particular one did it in a minute or so. I wanted to strain it to the cup at that moment but I really didn’t have time to steep the leaves again since I was in a hurry. After five minutes of steeping I got a deep black infusion with brown-red rim and a wet clay-like note at the top mixed with molasses. The first sip revealed a full body with a freshness and element of clay. The finish is more complex with notes of orchid and molasses. As the liquor cools down the elements are getting harmonized and there’s a certain smooth and oily feel in the mouth and lips (actual oil from the leaf, I guess). At this point the aftertaste gets a minty element to it as well. What’s really nice about this tea that it doesn’t develop bitterness or briskness that’s present in some of the ‘mini’ types of Pu Erh. All in all, very nice and balanced tea for its ‘kind’, the only potential turn away is that it has a certain clay accent that some people don’t like.
Reply: On our site,all organic teas have the organic certification from the United States and European, therefore, there is no organic pu erh teas on our site. For now, many "organic" pu erh teas can only pass the test in China. Because of the complicated chemical reaction in the pilling process, these pu erh teas can't meet the requirement of organic from US, or EU. And Ripened Cube Tuo Cha Pu-erh Mini Brick 2006 have through the test of the requirements of regulation (EC), which stricter than Chinese standard. Please do not worry, Teavivre also pay attention to the security of the teas as all of you. When we are selecting the teas, we also put the security at the first place. Hope this is helpful to your concern.
Reply: Thank you for your question. Yes, the Mini Brick is a little bit larger than mini tuocha. Therefore mini brick can be steeped 2-3 times more than mini tuocha. And the material of mini brick is picked in 2006 while the mini tuocha was picked in 2007. The liquid of mini brick is a little bit brighter and clearer than that of mini tuo cha. Both these two teas are the entry level of puerh tea. And the taste of them are typical ripened pu erh taste. And about 15 pieces mini bricks are 100 grams. Hope this is helpful to your concern.
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