Tea Essence or Tea Cream


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Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby Tead Off » Dec 10th, '12, 02:04

I'm wondering if some of the posters here are familiar with this form of Puerh that seems to be getting more popular with the Chinese. I was given some samples of both raw and cooked Tea Essence. The photos show the packaging and the Tea Essence itself. Searching google, I found some sites featuring different brands but all describe a very scientific process of extraction that seems to get all of the beneficial elements of the tea leaves.

At first, I thought it might be some kind of instant tea that restaurants sometimes serve, but this is not the case. Pouring boiling water into a vessel slowly melts the pellet into a thick, syrupy blob that ultimately dissolves in the water. After drinking, we could feel sensations in the forehead and stomach.
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Can someone tell me what Houde means? It appears on both the raw and cooked samples. Other packages said wenchun. I couldn't find translations for either of these words on Babelcarp or other dictionaries.
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby MarshalN » Dec 10th, '12, 03:32

Houde is just the brand name. Wenchun - I don't see the Chinese for it, but I'm guessing it's the brand name too.
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby Tead Off » Dec 10th, '12, 03:48

MarshalN wrote:Houde is just the brand name. Wenchun - I don't see the Chinese for it, but I'm guessing it's the brand name too.

The brand looks like Kingzen.

Can you tell me what the characters say on the lozenge?
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby MarshalN » Dec 10th, '12, 04:20

The company that made it is Kingzen, Houde is the brand name they applied to this tea. It's like Toyota calling a car Camry. Houde is Camry. Kingzen is Toyota.

The words on the brick are 鑫藏 Xincang
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby Tead Off » Dec 10th, '12, 04:32

MarshalN wrote:The company that made it is Kingzen, Houde is the brand name they applied to this tea. It's like Toyota calling a car Camry. Houde is Camry. Kingzen is Toyota.

The words on the brick are 鑫藏 Xincang

Thanks. Do you know what Xincang refers to? Do you have any experience drinking this type of tea?
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby MarshalN » Dec 10th, '12, 04:34

Xincang is just a fancy name. You can look up the dictionary, but it is just a name, really. This is puerh chagao - it's not very good, just concentrated pu. Expensive and you have no idea what's actually in it. You're better off drinking leaves.
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby Tead Off » Dec 10th, '12, 04:41

MarshalN wrote:Xincang is just a fancy name. You can look up the dictionary, but it is just a name, really. This is puerh chagao - it's not very good, just concentrated pu. Expensive and you have no idea what's actually in it. You're better off drinking leaves.

Yes, it's expensive. I'm not about to switch. There is no substitute for playing with the leaves, plus the taste is very different from the actual leaves. Seems more like a supplement than a tea.
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby gasninja » Dec 10th, '12, 10:09

Is that similar to the tea gels at yunnan sourcing?

I highly doubt that they are using good Moacha as a base ingredient.
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby MarshalN » Dec 10th, '12, 11:20

gasninja wrote:Is that similar to the tea gels at yunnan sourcing?

I highly doubt that they are using good Moacha as a base ingredient.


You have to be crazy to use good maocha for this
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby Evan Draper » Dec 10th, '12, 11:59

To answer your question, I believe the brand reads 厚徳 hòu dé, which might translate to something like "profound humanity."
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby teaisme » Dec 11th, '12, 03:34

From houde's website...

Hou is the Chinese word for "thick, plenty of, rich in …"
De is the Chinese word for good and proper behaviors

pretty good transaltion evan, I always thought it meant good stuff (think I need to pay more attention to the tonal marks) :lol:
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby TwoDog2 » Dec 11th, '12, 22:09

It is a puer concentrate. I would say it's biggest pro is convenience. As far as the cooling effects and feelings in the stomach, etc., just brewing good puer will yield better results.

A comparison of freshly squeezed juice and juice from a concentrate is not far off.
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby Drax » Dec 11th, '12, 23:37

This point may not be as critical, but a tea concentrate is probably going to be lacking a whole subset of chemicals -- the lighter, more volatile ones. I would imagine that the process of concentrating the tea extract into solid form involves a lot of heating, which would boil away chemical compounds of lighter weight.

I can't say how those compounds affect the aroma and taste, but again, they will likely be missing from this solidified form.
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby Tead Off » Dec 12th, '12, 00:39

Drax wrote:This point may not be as critical, but a tea concentrate is probably going to be lacking a whole subset of chemicals -- the lighter, more volatile ones. I would imagine that the process of concentrating the tea extract into solid form involves a lot of heating, which would boil away chemical compounds of lighter weight.

I can't say how those compounds affect the aroma and taste, but again, they will likely be missing from this solidified form.

One of the claims that are being made about this type of product is the process they use to extract the beneficial properties of the tea. Theoretically, you could get more of the beneficial properties out of a product like this. Personally, I don't drink tea to solely benefit from the properties. I like the process of brewing, taste, aroma, and fiddling with the tea ware. With a product like this, all the above are missing and you are left with a product that is more like taking a supplement. The taste and aroma are much more subdued and almost unrecognizable from the original leaves. I would have no interest in buying and using this kind of product but I can see how it could be marketed as a 'tonic' which the Chinese, in particular, seem to have a fondness for.
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Re: Tea Essence or Tea Cream

Postby MarshalN » Dec 12th, '12, 01:03

Tead Off wrote:One of the claims that are being made about this type of product is the process they use to extract the beneficial properties of the tea. Theoretically, you could get more of the beneficial properties out of a product like this. Personally, I don't drink tea to solely benefit from the properties. I like the process of brewing, taste, aroma, and fiddling with the tea ware. With a product like this, all the above are missing and you are left with a product that is more like taking a supplement. The taste and aroma are much more subdued and almost unrecognizable from the original leaves. I would have no interest in buying and using this kind of product but I can see how it could be marketed as a 'tonic' which the Chinese, in particular, seem to have a fondness for.


To which I say I think this is all BS. Yes, it's marketed as a kind of medicinal thing, but honestly - who are we kidding? Back then it might have indeed been boiled and reduced the old fashioned way, but these days if they make this at all, it's in giant stainless steel vats.
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