PU-ERH TUO CHA – Pu-erh is a type of DARK tea. This ancient Chinese tea comes from Yunnan Province, China, and its production is a very carefully guarded secret. The dark-fermented Tuo Cha is compressed into the classic Tuo (“nest”) shape.Pu-erh tea is rich in taste. The cup is clear and brownish-red in color. The taste is smooth and mellow with a sweet aftertaste. Pu-erh tea is thought to possess powerful digestive and cleansing properties and aid in the natural lowering of bad cholesterol.
Country of Origin: China
Manufacture Type: Formed tea
Grade: Tuo Cha
Ingredients: Pu-erh tea
Although it is not known exactly when Tuo Cha pods were first produced, they do have a long and rich history. Like tea bricks, Tuo Cha tea pods are made by compressing steamed tealeaves into a form. Its compact shape, and the fact that as a variety of Pu-erh, Tuo Cha generally improves with age meant that like tea bricks, the tea traveled exceptionally well and was even used as currency along the ancient spice caravan routes of China.
But why the round bowl shape of the pods? Well, legend has it that in parts of ancient China people believed that the heavens were shaped like an upturned bowl with the stars painted inside. And the tea, with its sweetish earthy flavor and uplifting character, came to be associated with the earth itself – (in fact, the tea is known as “earth tea” in some parts of China). Being a spiritual people, the makers of the tea began pressing it into the cup-like shape of the heavens. So processed, the tea came to signify the “oneness” of the universe.