tuo cha

Puerh and other heicha
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cerbu
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Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:41 pm

I did not buy it yet, do you think the flavors are artificial?
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cerbu
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Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:50 pm

never had tuo before, I don't mind very little added herbs, but artificial flavors no thanks
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aet
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Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:34 am

need to post pictures without the wrapper. Also the link to the source.
Then can help
cerbu
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Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:21 am

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000774 ... 6062%23338

for the price I might taste it if no artificial flavors, but the wait is about 2 month
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Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:23 am

they don't expose all tuos without wrapper , just one type and that looks ok ( no flavoring needed ) . Now the waiting time for parcels is longer because Covid, yet depends on country, We shipped to Ireland and UK , customers got it within less than 3 weeks , yet other countries can take 2 months .
8$incl, shipping fee ( which is probably around 2-3$ ) , is very cheap. You get for what you pay for.
cerbu
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Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:57 am

ty, do you suggest better young tuo? maybe organic
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Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:12 am

cerbu wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:57 am
ty, do you suggest better young tuo? maybe organic
Have a look here: https://yunnansourcing.com/collections/ ... le-serving
cerbu
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Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:16 am

thx , will try, they also carry organic,did you try the mushroom? https://yunnansourcing.com/collections/ ... pu-erh-tea
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Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:29 pm

It's not like it means much as a generality but I've had the most consistent bad experiences with mini-tuos of shu among all tea types. All that I've tried were made of ground tea, and tasted a bit like ash. It's not like I've been going out of my way to try a variety of them though. For other shapes and regular tuos it just depends (100 gram versions, with some made as 250 gm instead); some have been nice and some so-so. But I really drink more sheng, to be clear.

The Yunnan Sourcing mushroom shaped shu looks promising. The price difference seems to tell part of that story, $26 for 250 grams, versus $9 from that Aliexpress shop. There is probably a broad range of really exceptional value and character shu on YS for that pricing, and some that aren't so good.

It's nice to be able to try a range, especially related to shipping cost making sense, but it just depends on budget if trying a lot random shu versions is an option. In the longer term dabbling in hei cha may also be of interest. Those can vary a lot in aspect range and general quality level, with shu versions tending to be more consistent, again per my experience. Even if you aren't interested or never get into hei cha it might still be interesting to see what that range is like:

https://www.chawangshop.com/hei-cha.html

https://kingteamall.com/collections/dark-tea
cerbu
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Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:53 pm

nice to have more options , thx
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Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:34 am

John_B wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:29 pm
I've had the most consistent bad experiences with mini-tuos of shu among all tea types. All that I've tried were made of ground tea, and tasted a bit like ash.
Coincidentally, I'd say the only bad experience that I've had with shou was with a mini tuo. I've had a lot of different mini tuos, and they have been fine, but I appear to have gotten an end of the processing run as almost an entire batch was tea dust. I had a couple batches of the same tuos previously and they were quite nice, but that last batch was tea dust in the teeth.
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Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:31 pm

I reviewed a mini-tablet of gong ting shu once that was pretty good tea; it was odd encountering a version that good in that form. There's no reason that any shape would have to map on to any quality level of style but conventional patterns seem to emerge.

Bricks seem to be a form more common for high-volume produced factory teas, which can be quite good in quality, and diverse in style. It's not unusual for tuochas to be lower in quality than cakes, but the continuum isn't so consistent that a shape implies it would work out that way, that's just what I've ran across related to personal experience. It's interesting how much of an outlier loose shu then tends to be. Some of what I've had of that has been really good.
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