Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chicago Tea Garden Camel’s Breath Pu-erh Toucha

I have to admit that the name of this tea intimidated me quite a bit. I had to save it for a day when I was feeling brave enough. This tea is compressed into little concave cakes that are individually wrapped in tissue. I brewed this tea in a porcelain gaiwan with 212 degree water using 30 second steepings. The liquor was incredibly dark and almost murky from the very start. I hit my limit after four infusions but this tea definitely could have kept going.
Luckily for me there wasn’t much to worry about. This was actually a very enjoyable tea. It was strong but sweet, reminding me of a good Irish breakfast. The end of each sip had a slight astringency that added a nice bit of interest. Oddly enough I can see where the image of a camel’s breath comes to mind. I used to work at a barn and this tea had a pleasant grassy quality to it that reminds me of horses. I guess a camel wouldn’t be such a stretch. If Chicago Tea Garden keeps this up I may just wind up being a pu-erh convert yet. I would definitely recommend this tea.

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