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Tuocha Pu-Erh - Mini Cakes

Aged Chinese Tea

Individually wrapped and artisanally produced, our Tuocha Mini Cakes from Yunnan are a brilliantly convenient way to enjoy the earthy taste of authentic Pu-erh.

From: Yunnan Province, China

MINI CAKES
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Christmas Delivery Schedule

UK Delivery

UK Standard Delivery via Royal Mail - 17th December 2021

UK Tracked Delivery via DPD - 21st December 2021

UK Next Day Delivery - 22nd December 2021

 

EU & Rest of the World

Standard / Economy - This might not arrive before Christmas.

Tracked - 17th December 2021

 

*We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

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£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Economy

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Tracked

From £15.95

Feedex

3-5 days, up to 8*, Tracked

*Most deliveries will be made within the usual time-frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

 

Rest of the World

 

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Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Tuocha Pu-erh Mini Cakes aged Chinese tea


Our chestnut-brown, bowl-shaped Pu Erh cakes are a brilliantly convenient way to experience the smooth, woody characters of this luxury Chinese tea. Aged to perfection for two to three years, Tuocha Mini Cakes make a delicately complex brew: musky, earthy and with notes of wet woodland followed by a lingering sweetness. Simply steep one of these authentic Pu-erh cakes in near-boiling water for two to three minutes and enjoy watching the gloriously rich, russet-coloured infusion evolve in the cup.

These little marvels are made by artisan tea producers in Yunnan Province, China's historic home of Pu-erh. To make them, leaves are steamed and compressed into the Tuocha (literally 'bowl shapes'). These are then left to age naturally – as per the Sheng or 'Raw' category that this tea belongs to. The Tuocha are then individually wrapped to maintain quality and freshness

This single-origin luxury fermented tea is high in caffeine, so you can enjoy it as an appetite-suppressing brew between meals, or you can sip it an hour or so after you've eaten. As a fermented product, this tea's health benefits may include the introduction of beneficial bacteria into the microbiome, thus aiding digestion.

Learn more about Pu Erh cakes


What is Raw Pu-erh?


Sheng Pu-erh Cha, or 'Raw Pu-erh Tea', is made from the Assamica variety of Camellia sinensis known in China as Da Ye Zhong (meaning 'large leaf type'). Sheng's flavour changes over time, as the compressed tea leaves are stored and left to age naturally, sometimes for decades, with the process of oxidation and microbial fermentation triggered by external bacteria and fungus as opposed to enzyme changes in the leaves. When aged and stored correctly, the tea yields a strong yet clean and smooth flavour, sometimes with toasty or sweet undertones. Hence these teas are among the most prized in China.


What is a Pu-erh tea cake?


While Pu-erh is sometimes produced as a loose-leaf tea, more often it comes in a 'cake' form that harks back to the days when the teas were compressed and carried on the backs of horses, mules and camels across the Chinese empire. It first became popular in the Tang dynasty (618-907), with the teas sorted into bamboo baskets of various shapes for easy transport. Today, the shapes remain, used mostly for presentation and for ageing. While the disc-shaped Bing Cha ('Cake Tea') is the most common, others include: Jin Cha ('Tight Tea'), for leaves pressed into a mushroom form; Fang Cha ('Square Tea') for brick-shaped tea; and of course Tuo Cha ('Bowl Shape Tea'), in which the leaves resemble a bird's nest. You'll also find Pu-erh teas pressed into anything from bamboo tubes ('Zhu Tong Cha') to oranges ('Ju Pu Cha').


Alternatives to Tuocha Pu-erh Mini Cakes


For a next-level loose-leaf aged tea, consider our speciality loose-leaf Aged Pu-erh – matured to perfection over a period of 30 years – or our Lincang Ripe Pu-Erh, aged for nine years and from a premium producing district of Yunnan. If you love the mellow, earthy notes that premium Pu-erh is famed for, our Yunnan Pu-erh provides an exceptional example of the style. Alternatively, try our Tangerine Pu-erh, aged in a hollowed-out tangerine and with citrus notes adding an element of brightness to all that earthy complexity.

Crafted from rosewood and brass, our Pu-erh prying pick is an essential tool to break apart your Mini Cakes. Also, to get the most authentic brewing result for your Pu-erh tea, we recommend that you use a Gaiwan from our Teaware store. For more speciality Chinese brews, from Jasmine Dragon Pearls to Lapsang Souchong, browse our Tea Shop.

Ingredients


Aged Chinese Fermented Tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers musky, woodland aroma and russet infusion. A complex cup with spiced prune and tobacco notes and cacao sweet mouthfeel.

Region


Yunnan is a province in the Southwest of China, bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to the South, and Tibet to the North. The relief is mostly mountainous, with high mountain ranges branching out of Tibet and running all the way to the South East of the province, with elevations between 5,500 meters in the North of the province to 1,500 meters above sea level in the South. North East Yunnan is mostly snow-capped peaks and high plateaus, with powerful rivers running down the slopes; the valleys of the south are more open, with fertile plains and irrigated fields.

Learn more about the Yunnan Region, China

The climate is similarly contrasting: the highest peaks experience a Tundra climate (ET), with freezing temperatures for most of the year and a least one month above 0°C – but below 10°C – leading to snow melting. Below is a Temperate Oceanic (Cfb) climate, with mild winters and summers with highs of 26°C, and precipitation across all seasons but particularly during the summer months, which are also cloudy.

The valleys at the southernmost part of the province experience a humid subtropical climate (Cfa), with high precipitation from May to October, and temperature ranging from 11°C to 35°C. With such varied climates and relief, it is no surprise that the region is famous for its biodiversity. Of the 30,000 species of plants found in China, more than half are in Yunnan! Over half of the province is covered in forest, with pines and conifers on the lower plateau, bursts of colourful azalea and rhododendron on the higher hills and fir, bamboo and juniper on the higher peaks. Similarly, the province is home to a dizzying array of animals, with hundreds of species of mammals, fish, reptiles and birds.

The tropical forests of the South harbour monkeys, bears, elephants and porcupines. Only a small portion of the land is arable, but the variety of climate means many crops can be cultivated. Rice is the main summer crop, along with corn, sweet potato, sugarcane and, of course, tea, which is mostly grown on the southern, tropical part of the province, all the way to the Myanmar and Laos borders.

How to brew these mini cakes

1 cake

1 cake

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 5mins

3 - 5mins

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