Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tea Review Tuesday - A Review of Mark T. Wendell Tea Company's Pu'erh Tuocha

A Review of Mark T. Wendell Tea Company's Pu'erh Tuocha

To begin this review, I have to say that I am a bit of a sucker for pu'erh sold in bird's nest form, just because I think it looks really cool. However, I will attempt to not let this affect the bias of my review. Soooo, without further ado...
The dry tuocha smelled dark, dark and rich. Its very earthy scent had a touch of spicy notes to it as well. Wet, it had spicy and tobacco tones about it.
I chose to infuse this using multiple short infusions of about 30 seconds each.
First infusion: The liquor was still very bright and clear, a light brown in color. It smelled faintly of the dry tuocha. The taste is very light, and I wonder if 30 seconds is not long enough. It certainly does taste earthy though. It is not as spicy as the smell led me to believe.
Second infusion: This time, the brown liquor deepened and darkened in color, while maintaining its brightness. The scent is now very earthy, with almost a bit of fishy smell to it. Mmm, the taste has deepened. Full-bodied, the liquor tastes earthy and mellow. It goes down smooth, as though it barely brushes the tongue and throat.
Third infusion: The color of the tea is now a deep brown, nearing dark chocolate in shade. The aroma has not changed much, but the flavor is much stronger and feels more mature. Very delicious at this point. I am quite enjoying this tea and I wonder how long this tuocha will last.
Fourth infusion: This cup was just as enjoyable as the third and had the same strength and characteristics. It seems as though this tea could certainly continue with more infusions. When I have more time, perhaps I will give one of these tuocha a test of how long it can last.
I loved being able to try this tea as it continued to grow and mature in taste and aroma. I truly cannot wait to drink it again. I rate it an 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale!

Mark T. Wendell Tea Company's Pu-erh Tuocha can be purchased from their website, here.
Photo credit to Mark T. Wendell Tea Company.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.

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