Organic Wild Tree Mini Tuo Cha Pu Erh Tea

Characteristic musty aroma and earthy mineral infusion with big body

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Organic Wild Tree Mini Tuo Cha Pu Erh Tea

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Organic Wild Tree Mini Tuo Cha Pu Erh Tea

Backyard Compostable Tea Packaging

This organic pu-erh tea is composed of a select grade of pu-erh compressed into a small birds' nest shape. Its inky brown infusion is rich and sweetly-flavored, with mineral earthiness, notes of dark chocolate and toasted brown bread, and the characteristic musty aroma. Our mini tuo cha uses a higher grade of organic tea than most, resulting in a big body and smooth finish. It hails from the Lincang region of China's southwestern Yunnan province, made from 60-year-old tea trees using the Shu Cha or "cooked" method of manufacture whereby the pu-erh undergoes an additional fermentation step that speeds-up the aging process. Each mini tuo cha is individually wrapped and perfect for a small teapot or can be broken apart to accommodate a single serving. Like most pu-erh, one mini tuo cha of this organic Chinese tea can be steeped multiple times. Don't forget to remove the wrapping before the tea is steeped.

Ingredients: organic Chinese pu-erh tea

Origin: Lincang, Yunnan, China

Organic Tea from Yunnan Province, China

Known for its high iron content, the soil of Yunnan is rich, dark red and sustains some of the oldest tea trees in the world. In fact, Yunnan houses one of the world's oldest tea trees, some 3200 years old, in Jinxiu village. Pu-erh, a city located in the Yunnan Province of China, is the namesake of pu-erh tea, the most famous subset of Chinese heicha (dark tea). Multiple organic farming communities in Lincang (just northwest of Pu-erh) contribute leaf to produce this tea at a central processing factory. The leaves are cultivated from broad leaf varietal bushes that average 60+ years in age. The high elevation (1600-1800 meters), mountainous terrain, and iron rich soil give these teas their signature taste. Read our blog post about our trip to Pu-erh, China!

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend pu-erh teas to be steeped for 5 to 10 minutes in water heated to a full, rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves.If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Chelsea

    "I have been won over by the world of Pu Erh! I can't get enough and I love the darker, deeper earthy flavor of this one. Definitely worth re-steeping at least once."

  • Jeremy

    "This pu-erh is such a treat, it's like opening a tiny present every time you unwrap one."

  • Aubrey

    "Can be brewed almost indefinitely without becoming astringent! A good choice for coffee drinkers switching to tea - it has a similar richness and mouth feel to coffee."

Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Tea

Like all true tea, pu erh tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels. Pu-Erh specifically has been used in Chinese medicine to support gut health, weight loss, and lower cholesterol.

For more information about the health benefits of pu erh and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Health Benefits of True Tea page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Pu-Erh Recipes

Pu Erh: A National Secret

Pu-Erh Tea Tradition

Pu-erh, a city located in the Yunnan Province of China, is the namesake of pu-erh tea, the most famous subset of Chinese heicha (dark tea). Pu-erh processing is a closely guarded secret. Each tea garden has a unique recipe and prides itself on its own distinctive creation. Properly cared for, pu-erh tea is actually alive as enzymes in the tea are allowed to age, greatly enhancing the tea’s flavor over time. This is accomplished by introducing a small amount of moisture at the end of the manufacturing process and allowing the retention of that moisture in the final tea leaf; then aging the leaf in a controlled environment. Pu-erh is the only “aged” tea, and can be fully-oxidized like black tea or unoxidized like green tea. Qing Cha (sometimes referred to as “raw” or “green” pu-erh) is the oldest and most famous version of pu-erh processing. Shu Cha (“ripe” or “cooked” pu-erh) is an accelerated version of Qing Cha that was developed in 1972 to help meet consumer demand. Both methods can produce an excellent tea that improves in value and taste with time, and can be finished as loose leaf tea or pressed into shapes. Pu-erhs that have been aged for 10, 15 or even 25 years and beyond are typically unavailable outside China and are served only to high ranking officials and dignitaries.

For even more information about this and other traditions, visit our Tea Traditions Page!

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  • 5

    Posted by Haley D on 6th Jan 2024

    I'm not sure I've had a good puerh before, definitely nothing in a cake like this. It is a very special tea. I do still prefer the taste of a lighter tea because you can taste more notes/complexity (though I enjoyed the taste here, strong but never bitter) but this tea made me feel so calm and meditative. Resteeps very well and also good with milk.

  • 2
    Not a good match for me

    Posted by Marjorie Weiss on 17th Nov 2022

    I like green teas and wanted to try this due to the fermented quality. However, I find it really blah, not much different than drinking hot water. When I made it stronger it was overwhelming and not in a good way. I will try to find a happy medium.

  • 3
    I need to taste more pu-erhs.

    Posted by Jay Massey on 24th May 2021

    First let me say that this is my first foray into the world of pu-erh teas. So I might be grading harshly or leniently based upon my own ignorance. I may have to update this review later. Over all I did like this tea very much. It has a dank flavor that reminds me of chilling under the porch on hot summer days as a child. I didn't know that was a taste but that's what it reminded me of. There is an irony-minerally note and in later infusions (I use the gongfu method for tea brewing so all reviews use this method and not the western method) the tea developed a raisin or date like sweetness. The wet leaves and the cup aroma though reminded me of fish sauce or perhaps Worchestershire sauce. Not necessarily bad, but not something I expected. Also the cakes broke up into almost a powder so I had to use something other than my gaiwan to brew this tea. I typically use a gaiwan to brew teas for tasting (and reviewing). Body feel from this tea was it was energizing, and my stomach was very happy with this tea (even if my nose wasn't so much). Also I noted a slight giddyness with this tea so I'm wondering as to the age of the tea trees used, how they grow (shaded or sunny etc). Over all I would rate this middling as I would prefer the leaves to not be so fishy smelling and the cakes to not break up into basically tea powder but I probably would buy this again. I got the sampler because as I said this is my first foray into pu-erh. I would recommend this for morning drinking rather than later. It just felt to me be more of a morning tea than an afternoon one.

  • 5
    Love love love!

    Posted by Julie on 9th Dec 2020

    I love pu erh tea! I was a coffee drinker but for health reasons I had to stop. Pu erh tea was something I read about to replace coffee and I'm so glad I did. I look forward to my cup every morning. Great for digestion too!

  • 5
    Another wonderful surprise from the Arbor.

    Posted by Judith Scott on 28th Mar 2019

    I'd never had pu erh tea before, ordered a sample, and am still excited about these little pressed cakes. The tea doesn't get bitter, but stays rich and full. It isn't fussy about timing, and can even be brewed again if you missed a little of the good stuff the first time. Ordering a full size packet today. Also, very simple to prepare, and with less mess. I just leave the tea cake in the cup after brewing, with no problem at all. Pour a little more boiling water on the remains later on.

  • 4
    Complex, Full-Bodied, "Like Grandma's Attic". Hangover Remedy.

    Posted by John R. Nixon Aurelius on 21st Jul 2017

    Major "grandma's attic" musty smell and taste of the first infusion (actually pretty pleasant). Slight smoked fishiness like English kippered herring that reduces with each consecutive infusion. I brewed it gong fu cha style with an iron tetsubin kettle, clear glass kyusu, w/ sharing pitcher, etc. The flavor really starts to mellow out to earthy, savory, cacao notes around the 3rd/4th infusion. Varies between bright dark red, to muddy and thick mahogony, to darn-near black if infused long enough. I found very short infusions to be the best and was able to draw a lot of life and flavor out of the leaves. Complex "cha qi" or tea energy to these mini-cakes, which makes sense given their wild Yunnan origin. These also really help in the traditional chinese medicine sense of helping a hangover run its course after ingesting too much wine. It is a major relief and doesn't give you that puckery feeling in your stomach some astringent greens or blacks may give you on an empty stomach. I definitely recommend using an iron tetsubin for the water on this particular strain of tea as the subtle sweetness imparted by the boil rounds out the complex fishiness and "thrift store book section" initial notes. I only give it 4 /5 because it did not absolutely blow me away the way Arbor's dianhong Golden Yunnan Red/Black does. Hide this tea away from guests that have never tried tea before. Save it for yourself the morning after imbibing in spirits, to stimulate digestion after a rib-sticking meal, or for making medicinal teas/kombuchas.

  • 5
    This is my favorite tea

    Posted by Kelly Richmond on 8th Apr 2017

    I absolutely love the wild tree mini tuo cha pu erh. I used to be a hard core coffee drinker but had to quite for health reasons. This tea makes me not miss coffee at all. I love the flavor and the fact that I can steep it 3-4 times times. I recommend to give it a quick rinse before steeping. Thank you Arbor for providing this tea!

  • 5
    Interesting switch

    Posted by Yen-Wen on 18th Oct 2016

    Because of Arbor Tea suggestion for coffee drinkers, I got the tea for my heavy coffee drinking husband. He likes extra bold coffee with very little milk and sugar. For him, he said it's an very interesting drink for a coffee drinker. Of course, it takes some time to adapt to the concept of tea for him. He said " it is a strong brew for sure! But I think it takes some sugar to round the edge a little because it's extremely earthy" I said " it's called Wild Tree", he said " I see... Well, I certainly tasted the wild tree" He is willing to try a couple of more times ( that means it does work for him) In other words, nice try! The tea has passed his approval!

  • 5
    The easiest pot of tea ever!

    Posted by Beatrix on 23rd Sep 2016

    Thank you for this amazing tea! It is the easiest and quickest pot of tea ever, just put one nest into the infuser and off you go! No fiddling with measuring spoons, wondering wether they should be heaped or not and how many cups does my tea pot hold anyway. And it still tastes good the second and third time round. Perfect, any time of day.

  • 4
    Pretty good

    Posted by Unknown on 29th Mar 2016

    This is only the second pu erh tea I've tried. The previous one had a much stronger flavor, which I preferred. This one wasgood, but too smooth for me. However, I liked it much better when I added a few leaves of either black tea, or a bitter green. I'll be trying the other pu erhs to see if they are more to my taste.

  • 2
    Bad storage is the enemy of good pu-erh - something fishy

    Posted by Brian on 10th Jun 2015

    The strong “xing wei” smell and taste of a fish pond isn't normal for a pu-erh! It's almost always a sign of bad storage or rushed fermentation. I bought too many of these mini tuo - and maybe I shouldn't have expected more from a mini - but they are lower quality. I ended up using them to season yixing pots after the first six months of dry storage did nothing to mitigate the flavor.

  • 4
    had me at "hello"

    Posted by cleocreek on 4th Aug 2014

    I ordered the Pu'Erh sampler and have decided this Wild Tree version is my favorite of the four variety. I like that it has coffee characteristics. I am not a coffee drinker at all but have been taste-testing a variety of herbal and green teas to trick my morning mind and taste buds. This one is a winner for me and I plan to purchase the bulk size next. Thank you for providing this one!

  • 4
    Great the first time, less great the second

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Dec 2013

    I had this after a very heavy Thanksgiving meal and it was so tasty. It had a very traditional tea taste, but it was also very smooth and not too bitter. The second time I had it I hadn't eaten as much and although it still had that traditional tea taste, it wasn't a superb as before. I do not regret trying it though and might buy it again next Thanksgiving.

  • 5
    Like a thai tea

    Posted by Nancy on 9th Jun 2012

    I was surprised at this tea--smooth, calm, sweet with a hint of a great memory. I later realized this reminded me of an iced thai tea with sugar and half&half. There is a lovely taste similar to the spices in a thai tea but no calories!

  • 5

    Posted by Kirsten on 29th May 2012

    Enjoyed the mildness/sweetness of this tea!!

  • 4
    Unusual aroma, but smooth pleasant taste

    Posted by Judy on 19th Mar 2012

    As another reviewer shared, this does have a strong odor. The taste is smooth and comforting. I ordered a sample a while ago and recently got around to trying it. This prompted me to order the entire Pu-Erh sampler, which I also highly recommend

  • 3
    An acquired taste and aroma...

    Posted by Lukasz on 6th Dec 2011

    I purposely waited 9+ months to review this tea in order to provide a true assessment of it. I ordered this tea in bulk and stored it inside the large air tight metal containers sold here. I gave this tea a try to get into the world of pu-erh tea. It is certainly a high quality example of pu-erh, but nonetheless an acquired taste. The aroma is somewhat unpleasant and the flavor is smooth. Unlike most other teas, I do not get a calming effect from this one. It’s closer to coffee than tea in that it delivers a caffeine kick without the calming effects. Also, multiple infusions do allow the flavors to evolve, but they tend to be more dull and watered down.

  • 4
    2 votes for this one

    Posted by Bill Edwards on 12th Nov 2007

    What an unusual tea! My coffee drinking wife really did like it. She had two cups. They were the second and third brews from the same leaves. (The 4th was stretching it). This tea has a nectar-like smoothness the way that adding cream does for coffee. It has a rich flavor without being overpowering. Our rating is actually 4.5 stars.

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