Decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng?

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Decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng?

Postby AlexZorach » Jul 13th, '12, 16:34

Mini tuocha, from my experience, can be pretty awful, and most of it that I've seen for sale is shu (ripened), not sheng (raw) which is what I'm more interested in. I did once have one that I thought was decent, from Upton Tea Imports.

It's so incredibly convenient. I am wondering if there are any other sources of decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng puerh's, that anyone could recommend.

I see that Yunnan Sourcing offers this sheng mini tuo, and it's dirt cheap. Has anyone tried this?

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Re: Decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng?

Postby zzenster » Jul 13th, '12, 16:47

I have not tried this particular mini tuocha, but I can't imagine that any of these tuocha are made from the half way decent material. In the referenced webiste it partially said, "they are made from what is swept up off the floor of a factory" This probably is true for most of mini tuo and that's why I don't drink tuocha.

It's not quite in the same price range, but I found this one to be enjoyable...
I don't know where you are located, but if you live in US, it's not a bad option.

http://www.yunnansourcing.us/store/prod ... roduct=177

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Re: Decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng?

Postby TwoDog2 » Jul 13th, '12, 17:00

AlexZorach wrote:It's so incredibly convenient. I am wondering if there are any other sources of decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng puerh's, that anyone could recommend.


As the zzenster mentioned, most material for mini-tuo's is pretty bad.

If you are looking for convenience, one option is to buy a pu er cake of a tea you like, and then carefully break it up into chunks of 6g-8g, or however much you want, and then parcel it out into small bags or what have you. That way, you can carry a tuo sized amount with you to the office, or wherever

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Re: Decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng?

Postby shah82 » Jul 13th, '12, 17:24

How about this as a compromise?

Look for fangchas. They're square, with tic-tac-toe divisions that you can break into nine fragments, and they typically have relatively good leaves.

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Re: Decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng?

Postby Chip » Jul 13th, '12, 22:03

FYI, pretty recent discussion ...

http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=17090

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Re: Decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng?

Postby AlexZorach » Jul 14th, '12, 08:36

Thanks, looks like breaking up a real cake is probably the best way to go.

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Re: Decent-quality mini-tuocha sheng?

Postby kasey » Aug 1st, '12, 03:00

I have some of that sheng from Upton Tea and it's really smoky, not like any other pu I've tried. But eBay has several varieties of very decent whole-leaf mini-tuos for bid pretty cheap. You can just about always get 30-45g for $2 or less with free shipping, you'll just have to wait a few weeks for it.

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