Camel's Breath (Tuo Cha)
Camel's Breath never gets 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 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 while 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 Shou 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 oft seen 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 submerge the nugget for 5-10 seconds, loosening and awakening the leaves. 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.
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.
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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.
Camels breath=life's blood
Posted by Brian Rahm 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!
Great Camel Ride
Posted by Steve Williams 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.