drank Chongqing Tuo Tea by Shancheng
894 tasting notes

So I know nothing about this tea, and the box it came in isn’t very helpful. Most of the info is in Chinese and there’s very little info. But I figured, for $4 for a 100g tuo, it was worth a try. I’ve only sampled a few different puerhs, so I haven’t developed much of a palate for them yet.

I broke off about a teaspoon worth of tea, did a quick rinse and brewed it in 8oz of boiling water for 30 seconds. The liquor is a medium brown and not quite opaque.

This smells earthy, a bit musty, with a fragrance that I think is fermentation – it’s a smell I associate with puerh and to me it smells like dark brown, but I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else.

On the palate this is not bad. Very dry, no astringency, hints of bitterness, earth taste and already a hint of that puerh tingle. Not too complex at first, but there’s a richness developing in the back of my mouth that makes me think of coffee, chocolate and maybe raisins? There’s something vaguely red wine about this. The finish is very long – I think it’s going to fade out and then long after I’ve swallowed my sip, suddenly there’s an herbal note that pops up for a moment.

I’ll have to try steeping this gong fu style soon, and then maybe put this away to age for a while and see how it develops.

Flavors: Bitter, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Herbs, Musty, Raisins, Red Wine

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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