Camel's Breath - Tuo Cha

Rich - earthy & mushroomy

Camel's Breath - never 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 ripe 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 and gaining economies in transport. 

Lot Notes
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 Shu or ripe Pu-erh has real strength and depth of character.  It is smooth and sweet in the finish. 

Tea Facts
Note the leaves are larger and intact versus often used small fanning style.  Leaf size and uniformity gives this tea depth in flavor.  Nugget is 5 grams net weight.  Tea was harvested in 2019  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.)

Tasting Notes
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 infuse the nugget for 5-10 seconds and the water pour off. This will help in loosening and awakening the leaves. Re-infuse, 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.

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  • 5
    Camel's Breath Tea

    Posted by Don B. on 6th Jan 2022

    First enjoyed this exact tea from SRT many years ago. Now just got back into it and it is GREAT! Wondering why I waited twenty years to come back to it, same super great stuff. Highly recommend.

  • 3
    Camel’s breath tea

    Posted by Abby Hogan on 2nd Jul 2021

    I like this tea. It’s tasty, with a full flavor. However, it doesn’t have the funky, musky flavor I was expecting, based on previous experience from another vendor. I probably won’t buy it again because I’ll be searching for that flavor.

  • 5
    Camels Breath

    Posted by Jeanne Paschke on 21st May 2021

    my all time favorite

  • 5
    Camel's Breath Review

    Posted by Andre Pierre on 15th Oct 2019

    Great tea. Love the earthiness and fungal overtones. Pu'erh is one tea I can drink this one without milk. I can also brew one serving of tea three times (or more)

  • 5

    Posted by Erik on 14th Oct 2019

    Smooth tasting tea, and very convenient since they're already portioned out. Also delivers a good amount of caffeine.

  • 5
    Camels Breath

    Posted by Anthony Downs on 4th Dec 2018

    Mild. Tastes of hay.

  • 5
    A fine earthy up erh.

    Posted by Marcus K Lester on 16th Jun 2018

    Full disclosure -- I like earthy taste in tea. Camel's Breath has a deep earthy taste reminiscent of pasture and woods. But more than this, it is rich and complex. Thoroughly satisfying.

  • 5
    Love the richness

    Posted by Michael Oien on 2nd Dec 2017

    I'm not and afficianato, just like tea, this one reminds me of and espresso, but in tea. Its dark but very smooth, I sometimes mix with Chia, and lately a little rum or whiskey also.

  • 5
    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!