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Dive into Pu-erh Tuo Cha

Dive into Pu-erh Tuo Cha

Though Pu-erh can be sold in loose lease form, many tea lovers know that Pu-erh tea is traditionally sold in compressed form. Most of the time that we’ve discussed compressed Pu-erh on our blog, we’ve specifically referred to Pu-erh cakes or bricks. Today, we want talk about another shape of Pu-erh, the tuo cha.

People use many different words to describe the shape of tuo cha. Some have compared its shape to a bowl, others to a nest. However you choose to think of them, tuo cha are concave, dome-shaped pressed teas that, like cakes and bricks, can come in many different sizes. Like a Pu-erh tea cake, tuo cha have rounded edges and can come be made up of raw or ripe tea. Tea Cakes, however, are much flatter, and generally don’t have the same deep divot in the middle of the bottom.  

Some of the most famous tuo cha comes from Xiaguan Tea Factory, which is among the most revered and skilled tea factories in the world. This factory is also well known for their “Iron Cakes,” which was a limited, exclusive line of tea cakes pressed by iron between 1986 and 1990.

While much of the time tuo cha are made in 100g, 200g, and 357g quantities, here at Denong Tea we also sell what are known as mini tuo cha. These fun-sized pressed tea are a mere five grams each, an excellent quantity for brewing tea. This reduced size makes mini tuo cha the perfect selection for handily drinking tea on the go, especially when combined with the comfortable ease of our Glass Tumbler.

For a unique, convenient tea experience, try our 2016 Ripe Mini Tuo Cha today.


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