Smoky Mushroom Tuo Aged Raw Pu-erh

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Pu Erh Tea
Astringent, Bitter, Smoke
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5 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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This is a 2013 Spring harvested tea from Ku Zhu mountain area of Jinggu county (Simao). The tea received a heavy smoke aroma during the kill green process as wood was used to heat the wok and the space was not well ventilated. After several years of storage as loose leaf mao cha the tea has aged and the smokiness has faded to a pleasant level. If you like a smoky pu-erh tea, then this one might be for you!

The brewed tea soup is orange-red, the aroma is that of smoke, mushroom soup, and fruit. There is a sweetness to the tea that is not at all at odds with the smoky character and reminds one a bit of meat or grilled zuchini. There is some astringency in the tea that can be moderated by avoiding long steeps in the first 5 or 6 steeps.

Any interesting tea for those who want to experience something different or for those who like smoky pu-erhs!

April 2013 Harvest (Pressed into Mushroom Tuo April 2021).

Ku Zhu Mountain area of Jinggu

250 Grams per tuo

There are also 7 Grams single serving Dragon Balls available that were made from the same tea leaves!

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I love smoke in my sheng. I overbrewed a couple steeps of this between spent-soul and broken-body tasking; it held me anyway. Me and the cats and the tea, we’re headed up the mountain… soon, soon… new chapters are exhausting, fam.


Is “heading up the mountain” camping? Do the cats go camping?


So funny you mention that. We thought our one cat was gonna be Camping Cat because she was so fearless. Then she got FIP — we saved her, but she’s no longer fearless. :(

Anyway! We are splitting up the household over here. Incredibly sad and a lot of hard work, but confident it’s the best beautiful thing. I’m moving to the mountains and could not be more optimistic.


I had to look up FIP and if what I found was the right thing, that must have been very scary. It is astounding that she survived that. You must have taken very good care of her, indeed. But of course, that is who you are!

I am sorry about the hard things, and I wish you all happiness on the mountain. The presence of trees is so soothing. My prayers are with you, you beautiful person!


You found the right thing! It was a death sentence up until the year right before she got it — a brilliant researcher in Berkley dedicated his career to finding a cure and was finally successful. Miraculous. It was the most financially and emotionally expensive year I’ve ever lived through, present circumstances included… but she’s my little familiar, and I’d do it all over again!

Thank you so much for the kind words, friend. I am incredibly grateful for this community and for you as a part of it, ashmanra!


I am so grateful for the researchers! My Sammie looked to be near the end last year and his thyroid medicine changed everything! I am amazed that it was only so relatively recently approved for dogs. And so, so grateful.


Sending you hope for great things to come, joy, and comfort as you go through this transition! May the trees and mountain air bring you healing.


Thank you, Kaylee <3

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66 tasting notes

Yup, this is smokey. And had bitterness & astringency in my first steep (after a rinse in hot tap water and another rinse for 10s in boiling water). Deep golden colored brew and very aromatic. The leaves were still quite green as you can see in the right-hand dish of the photo, which belies the teas youth and drier storage. By the 3rd steep, the smokiness had diminished but the astringency remained potent. Perhaps this tea will age to a smoother and sweeter brew in 10 or 20 more years, and if so, perhaps my heirs will be enjoying it.
UPDATE: I continued sipping this, now on infusion number 6 (five minutes). The bitterness and astringency have tempered, but the soup remains a beautiful, clear, deep golden color. Nice, round mouhfeel. Bumping up my rating by 5 pts. though the tea still needs more age. This, too, was part of the “smokey tea lovers sampler set” and I’m glad to have tried it.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Smoke

5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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