Tou-cha is a great everyday drinking cooked pu-erh. The color is dark and the taste is sweet and earthy.
Tuo cha teas are also referred to as bird’s nest pu-erhs because of their nest like shape (tuo means nest and cha means tea in Chinese). This shape has a long tradition in pu-erh. In ancient times tou chas that were much larger than the ones we sell had holes drilled in the center of the nest and string run through them to make it easier to transport them.
Remove the paper wrapper. Use 1 tuo cha for every 8 ounces of water. Steep for 5 minutes with boiling water.