(China Green Formed Tea)
Country of Origin: China
Region: Yunnan Province
Grade: Mini Toucha
Altitude: 5500 ft. above sea level
Manufacture Type: Compressed tea
Infusion: A lightish tea
Cup Characteristics: Full bodied with a hint of oak.
Ingredients: Luxury green tea.
Simply put, mini Toucha is the smaller sibling of the large Toucha pods. This ancient variety of tea is made from a Yunnan large leaf variety, Camelia Assamica, and is actually a variety of Pu-erh. The pods themselves are made by taking the processed green leaves, steaming them, and then pressing them into small bowl-shaped forms. The process is quite laborious as each pod must be pressed by hand.
Mini Toucha pods, like all Pu-erh teas age exceptionally well - in China it is not that uncommon to find processed tea in local Yunnan tea shops that has been aged for 25 years or more! When infused the tea has a mild musty character that to connoisseurs is immediately identifiable as Yunnan Pu-erh. To the uninitiated this character can be surprising and remind one of the smell of fresh earth. It is also because of this character that the tea is known in some parts of China as "Earth tea."
As with many green teas, and especially Pu-erh teas, mini-Toucha pods can be infused multiple times. The next time you brew up a pot pay close attention to the flavour profile of the cup. Much like re-reading a novel, or watching a movie again, you will discover that while the fundamental character remains, the subtle nuances of flavour will change slightly from cup to cup - a subtle mustiness here - a milder sweetness there. Truly one of the Yunnan provinces most compelling brews.
100g is 23 to 24 pods, each pod makes a pot for 3 people - each pod can be brewed 3 to 4 times giving you in excess of 200 cups of tea per pack!!
Hot tea brewing method:
Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Use 1 Toucha pod, for a 3 cup teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). This tea is best enjoyed on its own although a dash of milk can help open the earthy character of this tea.
Iced tea-brewing method:
(to make 1 litter): Place 3 or 4 pods into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour ½ pint (275ml) of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]. Please note that this tea may tend to go cloudy or 'milky' when poured over ice; a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!
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