If you are a tea lover you must add Pu Erh Tea to your list and discover this extraordinary post-fermented tea.
Pu Erh distinguishes itself for its tremendous health benefits but also for its peculiar character and production methods, which place it in a category of its own.
This full embodied earthy liquor is quite a surprise. It shares some qualities with green tea and black tea, but it stands on a higher level.
Even better, like a fine wine it ages and gets tastier over time. So imagine yourself drinking a 10 year old Pu Erh!
Yes, it’s amazing but also very expensive. The older the tea, the more you have to pay.
Is it worth it? Come with us and find out more about the secrets that lay behind this amazing tea.
Hold your cup of Pu Erh tea, take a sip and gently close your eyes. You are about to travel one thousand years into Ancient China, the moment when this tea was offered as a tribute tea to the Emperor and officials of the Eastern Han Dynasty.
As you enter this peculiar world, you may come across different spellings such as pu-erh, pu’er, puer tea or bolay tea, but they all refer this same dark tea.
Pu Erh tea gets its name from the Pu’er county in the Yunnan province, where it is mostly produced, but you can also find it in tropical regions, namely in Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and in Eastern parts of India.
Unlike most teas, Pu Erh may be harvested during almost the entire year, being spring tea the most highly valued.
Pu Erh tea is a post-fermented tea and although it shares some characteristics with black tea and green tea, it shouldn’t be classified as either one of them.
This has been a matter of discussion within the tea world, which is why many tea connoisseurs choose to classify Pu Erh tea as a type of tea itself.
In fact, if you refer to the Chinese classification of the main types of tea, you’ll find that it differs to the categories used in the West.
What we know as black teas, like Keemun and Lapsang Souchong tea, in China they are known as red teas. Whereas Pu Erh is considered in China as black tea, leaving the West to consider this tea as a dark or post-fermented tea.
This is why it’s always best to know exactly which tea you are buying and not worry about which classification is being used.
There are four main types of Pu Erh tea that distinguish themselves according to the processing methods. Each method brings forth a different kind of Pu Erh with a particular character that will dazzle you. Let’s have a look at them.
Why not taste this wonderful tea?
Once this tea is ready for sale, you may purchase it in several forms: loose tea leaves, tea bags or compacted cake, also known as tea brick, as our dear Tibetan tea, a Chinese black tea that combines the benefits of black tea with the beauty of an ancient tradition.
The tea brick, was once used a method to transport tea more easily and in China, taxes could be paid using the tea brick as currency.
As we’ve seen, Pu Erh tea is a world for itself. Starting its life as a green tea and coming close to black tea when it reaches its post-fermented tea state, this singular beverage gains life and wisdom in your cup over the years.
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- Attributed to Kyongbong Sunim, Ch'an (Zen) Master
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