What is Young Pu-erh, and what is bird's nest toucha?


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What is Young Pu-erh, and what is bird's nest toucha?

Postby ClarG » Dec 15th, '13, 02:51

In college I would go to a cafe that sold loose tea and they had both Young Pu-erh that was loose, and bird's nest mini-Toucha what are the differences between the two teas?
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Re: What is Young Pu-erh, and what is bird's nest toucha?

Postby Joel Byron » Dec 15th, '13, 13:16

There are two main types of Pu-erh. Sheng and Shu. Sheng is relativley unprocessed. The higher grades are usually pressed into disc shaped cakes and aged for years or even decades. The young puerh you mentioned probably refers to a loose form of sheng that was not pressed into cakes and not aged.
Shu puerh is made to mimic the taste of very old aged sheng. It is fermented or composted to accelerated the aging process. It is also pressed into cakes, bricks, and other shapes. The bird's nest mini tuocha is probably a shu puerh pressed into a shape resembling a bowl or bird's nest shape. The mini tuos are usually a single serving amount of tealeaves.
Puerh is a pretty broad subject and there is a lot of information here on TeaChat to learn from.
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