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Authentically made and aged in Yunnan province from broad leaf Yunnan tea trees, TeaVivre's loose leaf Pu'erh is brews up into a delicious tea, that has a unique strong, earthy flavour and dark brown color that is quite distince from all other Chinese teas.
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Pu erh belongs to a post-fermented tea, and sometimes classified as a dark tea (dark tea is one of the six classes of tea in China). Interestingly in China, there is some debate about whether Pu'erh actually is a “tea”, due to it having a completely distinct aging process. We of course tend to side by the argument that its made from tea leaves, and brewed in water – so its a tea!
There are various types of Pu'erh that are distinguished from their packaging (whether loose leaf or in various compacted block forms). Generally loose leaf Pu'erh, like TeaVivre's, is regarded as having the best taste and aroma, that is stimulating to drink and will last for 9 infusions by using Gaiwan 3oz.
Pu-erh tea has been touted for many years as a great weight loss tea because of its ability to help us burn fat and shed pounds, as well as having a deliciously mellow and deeply earthy flavor.
Pu erh has a mild, gentle nature to it, and so is great to drink if you have a delicate stomach or trouble drinking other teas. People in south western China usually drink this tea during meals, to help with digestion. Of course, like the health benefits of all tea , it contains antioxidants!
The original material is from Yunnan province in an area that has been producing high quality Pu erh for over 800 years. This area is on the edge of Tibet, and has a very high elevation and warm summers with abundant rainfall, giving the tea trees especially large, plump buds and leaves that are perfect for making Pu erh.
Yunnan Large-leaf tea tree is a rare tea varieties in the world. It is a kind which is best to make puerh tea. Yunnan has unique advantage in its geographical position, it is rich in rainfall and its proper temperature is good for planting large-leaf tea trees. The tea leaves from this kind of tea varieties growing in this perfect environment are abundant in polyphenols, catechins, amino acids, caffeine content.
Pu'erh tea is one of the oldest types of tea in China, with a history stretching back over 1,700 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty, when the tea was called Jing Cha. Pu'erh is named after the town of Pu-erh in Yunnan province, which was the early trading center for this tea. In this teas early history it was used as a bartering currency in south west China. In south west China the famed Cha Ma Gu Dao - “Tea Horse Road” - was built especially to transport this tea through the Himalayas to other countries and areas in Tibet.
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I would probably give this a 3.5-3.75 if I could. This is a decent tasting ripe puer, and would probably be fine to introduce someone to ripes. It didn't have too much fermentation funk, but it wasn't anything spectacular. It's definitely possible to do better for the price point, and some other teas on the site (such as many of the black teas) offer better value imo.
It feels like it's doing you good in your tummy. I'm used to putting 3 teaspoons into my pot. This tea will make a strong dark pot with 1.5 teaspoons. Not astringent though. Superb puerh. And not expensive. I like!
This was my first Pu-erh tea that I ever had. It has very distinctive aroma that it takes few times to really get used to it...but then you are addicted. The interesting part it was that it reminded me of my grandparents house where I spent my summers. My grandmother still used wood for cooking and a brick oven. That smoky wood and earth scent with fresh air from the garden describes this tea. It also has a beautiful red color that is so inviting.
This is my first time trying Pu-erh tea and I am very pleased. This tea is perfect for an after dinner drink.
Thank you very much! Everything was packaged perfectly. All the high quality teas. I love hong teas. Depending how to brew the tea, each time you get a new taste!
Lovely mellow flavor that surpassed my expectation. Exactly what I'm looking for. Will need to stock up on this.
I was somewhat sceptical about trying another ripened pu-erh, since I feared the oily, fishy taste I had once experienced. This tea is different! The dark brown liquor has a smooth, earthy taste that does not repel. This could be the beginning of an exploration.
This is another delicious pu-erh offering from Teavivre, Large loose dark leaves. Three teaspoons for an eleven ounce mug result in a deep dark colored brew. The flavor is great: very sweet and smooth. None of the pu-erh characteristics that might scare people away here. I love a good ripe pu-erh because it’s like coffee but without all the things I don’t like about coffee. The amount of leaves I used doesn’t seem like too much or too little. All three steeps were exactly the same – a great example of a ripe pu-erh for beginners or for pu-erh fans to stock up on. Also, some pu-erh really increases my appetite and this one definitely did. Steep #1 // 3 tsps. for 11 ounce mug // rinse // 4 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 minute steep Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min steep
My first impression was "dirt and leather". Took some getting used to, but I ended up liking it. Excellent late night tea.
I do not care for this tea. it is smooth & a beautiful color once brewed but after the first small cup, I found it to be too bold/ strong for myself. I guess I am just a green tea person.
Reply: Hi Denise, Thank you very much for writing to us. Yes, you can brew like that. Actually for pu-erh teas, we have tea bags. Maybe that will be helpful and convenient for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Reply: Dear Barkoczi, Thank you very much for writing to us. The harvest time is July 2006. So it is a kind of Summer pu-erh tea. Hope this is helpful for your concern. Wish you a good day.
Reply: Daer Eduard, Yes, this is a kind of summer tea. Wish you a good day.
Reply: Thank you very much for writing yo us. Just brewing one time is ok, but the brewing time is a little bit short. You can brewing the pu-erh tea in western ways as our websire mentioned: http://www.teavivre.com/info/brew-an-enjoyable-pu-erh-tea/
Reply: Thank you for interesting in our teas. Normally, pu-erh leaves or cakes are better than tea bags, because for Pu-erh teas, it is better to be made into cake or brick shape for its unique processing. The compressed appearance can make sure the tea’s flavor and taste be remained, and can help the leaves continueing to ferment under the natural condition. Considering this, the tea bag pu-erh is not able to continue the fermentation, as well as restrain its original flavor. Thus its benefit of losing weight may be less than the original compressed puerh. If you want to learn how to brew pu-erh tea cake, what tools to use, you can check our article of How to Brew an Enjoyable Pu-erh Tea: http://www.teavivre.com/info/brew-an-enjoyable-pu-erh-tea/
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