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Pu'erh Tuocha

A pressed cake of intense, earthy pu-erh tea.

Tasting Notes

Cup Color is Dark Amber.  Aroma earthy and intense.  Full body.  Flavor is Smokey creamy and earthy.

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  • How to Brew
  • Black Tea
  • Ingredients
  • Did you know?

For Best Brewing

  1. Use one heaping teaspoon of loose leaves per 8 fl oz of 215° water.
  2. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Wait patiently for perfection.

Black tea is the fully oxidized leaf of Camellia sinensis and requires the most processing. The brewed liquor ranges between dark brown and deep red. Black teas offer the strongest flavors and, in some cases, the greatest astringency.


Sun drying of the leaf makes pu'er teas. Cakes are made by compressing tea leaf with 220 pound stones and then dried to a solid cake. Chinese aged teas from the Yunnan Province. Pu'er cakes are often given as an expensive gift.

  • Product Details

This Chinese specialty is sun dried and rolled so that the pu-erh leaves can undergo a fermentation process unlike any other tea. The result is just as unique—aromas of wood, earth and leather, the dark amber color of tea is rich with flavor and sweet earthiness.

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    Excellent, but read reviews first! I am so glad this tea is being offered for sale. The only other place I have found cakes like these is in China, where pu-er is a highly coveted tea. As the other reviews say, this tea will be unsavory if not rinsed first. However, it is an excellent tea in both taste and benefits. Another thing worth noting here is the portion size. As the other reviewer also stated, this is a tea that can be re-brewed. However, I think it worth noting that the 8 oz portion size per cake is FAR from accurate. I see this tea as more of a pot-brewer than a cup brewer. Place on cake to steep in a pot, or even half a cake, and you will have many cups to satisfy yourself as well as loved ones. Enjoy! March 4, 2014
    Must Rinse!!! I am so excited to see that Starbucks is offering more interesting teas. They need to be a bit more obvious about it, however, since I only just stumbled upon this while looking for an email coupon!!! Pu'erh is an amazing tea if prepared correctly. My first experience was from elsewhere and without rinsing for a minute in hot water; and that tasted, well, fishy BECAUSE IT HADN'T BEEN RINSED. Try it again if you didn't do it right the first time! Done properly, and I do mean a rinse in boiled water (discard the water before making your official cup,) this is a beautiful dark brown, like coffee. BEST PART: It can remain in the water and steep again and again... NO( NADA/NONE) ASTRINGENT or oversteeped issues at all!! It Is an earthy-tasting black tea. The ancient trees are grown to full height, unlike many teas which are pruned so humans can pick new growth from a standing position, as I understand it. Monkeys climb to the tops of these trees and toss the new leaves down:-) I understand it's from the Yunnan Province in China. A world-renowned gentleman tea expert whose name escapes me at the moment, and who has written a tea treasury book, was asked what he considered the healthiest tea of all. He responded, "Pu'erh!" and that began my exploration and happy journey!!! Pu'erh is purported to help break down fats for better digestion, help blood sugar issues, and more, by a local tea shop. Definitely worth a try for everyone!!! October 30, 2013
    Unpleasant This is perhaps the worst thing I've ever drank, I don't even know what happened. I was so excited to receive this tea in the mail and love strong tea, but when I brewed it it had a bitter almost salty taste to it. I don't recommend it. I don't know if it was a malfunction with the one tea cake I chose, but I'm not sure if I want to risk tasting another one. October 5, 2013
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