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.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.