Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh Mini Tuocha
Unlike many other teas which should be consumed shortly after production, such as green and white teas, Pu-erh tea can either be brewed immediately or it can be stored and aged for many years, much like a fine wine. Most Pu-erh teas are classified by the year they were produced and the region they were grown in, much like many wine vintages. In fact, when it comes to Pu-erh tea, the longer it is stored and aged proper-ly, the more complex the flavor and the more valuable the tea gets. Here are some facts about this tea:
- Grown in Lincang, Yunnan, China and hand-picked in 2014
- Has a complex mellow, earthy flavour and aroma
- Put 1 piece of tea in a 355 mlÊteapot
- Add water at 95 degrees Celsius
- Let steep for 3-5 minutes
- Pour into your glass cup and enjoy your Raw Pu-erh Mini Tuocha Tea!
- You can re-steep the same serving of tea several times for different flavours!
Chinese Gongfu Method:
- Use 1 piece of tea with a 110 ml gaiwan.
- Use water at 95 degrees celsius.
- The first steep is used to rinse the tea/teacup.
- The second steep is for 30s
- The third steep is for 10s.
- The fourth steep is for 10s.
- The fifth steep is for 10s.
- The sixth steep is for 10s.
- The seventh steep is for 10s.
Pu-erh belongs to a post-fermented tea, and is sometimes classified as a dark tea (dark tea is one of the six classes of tea in China). Interestingly, there is some debate about whether Pu'erh should be considered a "tea", due to its unique aging process. We tend to say that since it is made from tea leaves and brewed in water, it must be a tea!
Pu-erh tea has a rich and interesting history behind it. The name comes from the city of Pu-erh in the Yunnan Province of China where it has been harvested for hundred of years, and was originally grown and discovered. While some people think that Pu-erh tea is a type of dark tea or black tea, it is actually a type of tea in itself, much like a black tea, a green tea, or an Oolong tea. This tea is available in loose leaf form, but is mainly produced in tea bricks, or tea cakes, which are compressed Pu-erh tea flakes which have been pressed into a particular shape or size.