I was lacking more than one sticky rice option! So I thought I’d try this. Four ounces of this tea is 15 tuochas in the case of my pouch. These are fairly big disc shapes, with a line down the middle. Possibly indicating you could cut it in half to save for later. But Teavivre’s instructions say to use one piece for twelve ounces. And I like my puerh thick, so I definitely went with a whole piece for a mug. The sticky rice scent is definitely abundant here and it’s very quick to unravel! I’d say the sticky rice flavor is so strong that it kind of overpowers the ripe puerh, even if the brew is dark. But there is a lingering coffee flavor following the sticky rice. There was plenty of sticky rice flavor throughout all the steeps. The last one having like a creamy quality to it. I think the focus here is more the sticky rice flavoring, as the puerh is quite mild, even with my standard mug size. Though the infuser is almost FULL of unraveled leaves. I might like that long fourth steep the best with that creamier smooth quality. I’m glad I have this in stock for the sticky rice craving, but I might not reach for it when I’m craving nuanced shou.
Steep #1 // 11 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 11 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 11 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Steep #4 // just boiled // 16 minute steep