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Camel's Breath (Tuo Cha)


Camel's Breath - never bitter, only stronger!

The name suggests much of what makes this tea so popular.  Its taste reminiscent of a barn yard; scent of a forest floor after a rain storm; earthy, mushroomy - all have been offered in pursuit of an apt descriptor for this pressed nugget of ripe Pu-erh.  By the 1600s, as the tea road opened across the steppe opening Mongolia to greater Asia and then later into Europe, tea makers in China were fermenting the varietal Camellia assamica leaves, pressing them into nuggets for travelers & traders having found a way to preserve flavors and gaining economies in transport. 

Why we selected this tea. It is a classic Tuo Cha taste.  Varied in flavor, offering some nuance in taste yet strong.  It makes one feel good! The earthiness of a traditional Tuo Cha is captured. As its name suggests, this Shu or ripe Pu-erh has real strength and depth of character.  It is smooth and sweet in the finish. 

Interesting facts about this tea.   Note the leaves are larger and intact versus often used small fanning style.  Leaf size and uniformity gives this tea depth in flavor.  Nugget is 5 grams net weight.  Tea was harvested in 2016.  Harvesting of this varietal is sequential; there are multiple pluckings in a season.  Wet leaves are then piled, much like compost & fermented and pressed. (Note: Camel's Breath is a tea name originated by Silk Road Teas.)

Taste profile. Aroma descriptions range from a wet forest floor to hints of a barnyard; and taste descriptions of earthy, mushroomy and rich.  In any event, it makes a very good, strong cup of Pu-erh tea. 

Brewing suggestions.  Each nugget will brew to 8-12 ounces of tea.  Use boiling water and infuse the nugget for 5-10 seconds and the water pour off.  This will help in loosening and awakening the leaves.  Re-infuse, the nugget will come apart slowly, probably in 3-4 minutes.  We suggest a strong brew with an appearance like a cup of espresso. Camel's Breath never gets bitter, only stronger. Produced in 2016.

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Supporting adults with disabilities

Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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Pu-erh is certainly an acquired taste. It has depth and lots of personality.

Taste is earthy, herbaceous and will linger.

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  1. A fine earthy up erh. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jun 2018

    Full disclosure -- I like earthy taste in tea. Camel's Breath has a deep earthy taste reminiscent of pasture and woods. But more than this, it is rich and complex. Thoroughly satisfying.

  2. Love the richness 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Dec 2017

    I'm not and afficianato, just like tea, this one reminds me of and espresso, but in tea. Its dark but very smooth, I sometimes mix with Chia, and lately a little rum or whiskey also.

  3. Camels breath=life's blood 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Dec 2015

    Camels breath one nugget at a time in a small pot,boiling hot water with some hazelnut milk. That's a party!

  4. Great Camel Ride 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2015

    This is a wonderful tea. I've had other Tuo Cha, but this is the best. It steeps a rich, dark, smoothe liquor. There is no bitterness at all, even as it gets cold. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys rich, dark teas. Also, it is obvious care is taken in the handling of the the tea from market to consumer. There was no crumbled residue in the bag and was very fresh. If you enjoy dark, rich tea this is it!

    PS: I have pruchased from other online tea stores such as Art of Tea and Mighty Leaf. Silk Road beats them hands down. Plus, this site has paypal, which lessens worries about your card info being stolen.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

Sales of our Teas Benefit Ceres
Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring locally-grown organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health and creating heart centered ways for people to connect.

Ceres teaches teens to grow, cook and eat healthy whole foods and provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and a community of support for people facing cancer and other serious illnesses. www.ceresproject.org

Read the recent article in the Marin IJ: Silk Road Teas gives back

...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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