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Organic Taiwanese Purple Bud Tuo Cha
Organic Taiwanese Purple Bud Tuo Cha
Organic Taiwanese Purple Bud Tuo Cha
Organic Taiwanese Purple Bud Tuo Cha
Organic Taiwanese Purple Bud Tuo Cha
Organic Taiwanese Purple Bud Tuo Cha

Organic Taiwanese Purple Bud Tuo Cha

Regular price $46.00

Organic Taiwanese Purple Bud 

Tuo Cha


On a recent trip to a friend's garden we found something special. 100% purple bud, organic, Taiwanese-grown Tuo Cha produced by Buddhist Monks and Nuns on a tea garden just outside of Taipei. This Buddhist Organic Tea Garden is a place we have know for years but they have just recently offered up this style of tea for sale to the general public. Our many years of relationship with this garden has helped bring this tea to the international market at a reasonable price. 

Produced in the traditional sheng puer style and pressed with material from spring 2019, the cultivar really is distinctive. Supposedly brought from China 20 years ago the origins of the variety are a little cloudy, but it is very rare in Taiwan.

This humble and forgiving tea tastes of a red oolong mixed with a late season sheng. Fresh, clean straw notes transform into sweet dark fruit with a bit of a kick. The smooth, sweet sugar-cane aftertaste then lingers for a long, long time.

Great to drink now but we guess that these cakes will age really, really well. 

 ~~ We are currently offering a special price when you buy two cakes from this same producer, the Purple Bud Too and The Northern Mist Sheng Cake. Only $89 for both!~~

Elevation: 300-400m

Status: Certified Organic

Cultivar: Chinese Purple Bud Varietal

Season: Spring 2019

Method: Hand and Machine picked, processed on site, small batch

Oxidization: Pu'er Processing Style

Region: Pinglin, New Taipei City

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~100C water, 10-15 second flash steeps for first 3-4 steeps then adjust to taste. Lasts 10+ steeps.

Western Style: 3-5 per 100ml. 2-3 minutes steeps.

Grandpa Style: 3-5g per mug. Keep adding water as you drink to taste. Very Suited to this tea!

The price of this tea has recently been raised at the source. The price of the tea has been changed to reflect this. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

Well rounded with a soft aroma and clean finish. Hard to classify, but very satisfying and much softer and (to my palate) far gentler and more subtle than pu erh. Short gung fu steeps gave me 13 iterations and counting.

Adam Kimbrough
Very interesting tea, unique

I, too, made this tea as soon as I got it in the mail. Gongfu style with quick flash steeps as recommended. The smell of tea liquor is fruity like strawberry. Wet leaf smell is straw-like after a few steeps. The taste is a soft apricot flavor with no astringency up front. Quite superb.

Smooth, no astringency!

I made this tea as soon as it came in the mail. The dry tea smells like freeze dried pears. Brewed Western style, it tastes like sweet straw and has almost no astringency!

Dina Rifkin
Peace in a cup

This is a truly lovely tea. Warm, well-rounded with a soft, sweet finish. I love the story of where it comes from too. A new favorite for sure!


It is not easy to classify this tea if you do not know what it is.
Very tightly pressed, which can also be due to the Tuo Cha form. That gives you a lot of breakage in the Gaiwan. Nevertheless, the tea does not bitter and forgives also longer brewing times.

In the nose a bit earthy, but at the same time incredibly fruity - apricot?
The tea starts soft and mild, but the aftertaste remains long and sweet - I use 5g per 100ml for this session.
Something of red Oolong but also a light menthol note like an old sheng.