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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Chicago Tea Garden Loose Leaf Pu-Erh Tea 'Camel's Breath Pu-erh Tuocha'

>>Prior Review

Tea Information:
Tea: Camel's Breath Pu-erh Tuocha
Type: Pu-Erh Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Chicago Tea Garden
Purchase: Here
Description: Though I have never had the pleasure of actually smelling a camel's breath, these mini-tuocha smell ... like what I assume camel's breath would smell like. Don't let the name put you off. These pu-erh tuocha steep up a sturdy, dark, and intense liquor. They produce a some-what briny drink -- steep it longer, the darker it will get, this is a tuocha you can leave in your pot and keep adding water to throughout the day.

Steep #3 and #4 Information:
Amount: 1 nest ~6.7g
Water: 16 oz filtered boiling
Tool: Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz
Steep Time: 60 seconds - I counted out loud
Served: Hot

Remember the leaves were in the refrigerator overnight in the IngenuiTEA.

Steep #3 Tasting Notes:
Darker brown coloring then previous two steeps.
Medium bodied, earthy, tea. very smooth.

Steep #4 Tasting Notes:
Darker brown coloring then previous two steeps.
Medium bodied, earthy, tea. very smooth.

MilitiaJim insists it was "desalinated seaweed tea" but not in a bad way.

I got this as a free sample (it was a limited time run announced May 25 on twitter @WorldofTea) and it arrived today. It arrived with an adorable brewing card that has space for notes. As seen in my prior Company Review, the shipping, packaging, and customer service of this store is impeccable.

I of course choose this tea for it's name. To my surprise I am enjoying it very thoroughly, I was expecting a novelty tea. A very light mild, earthy and sweet black tea.

It could have withstood more steeps, however I was going away for the weekend and had no desire to leave the leaves all weekend. I believe this would be an excellent tea to bring into work and drink throughout the entire day with lots of steeps.

Rating: 3/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing



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