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TeaVivre's aged Pu-erh tea is secondary-oxidation and post-fermentation tea, which is referred to as ripened, or cooked, Pu-erh tea. Each miniature compressed tea cake contains a tiny red or pink rosebud packed firmly inside the Pu-erh tea cake which lends a lovely subtle nuance of a floral tone to the earthy, musky Pu-erh tea.
Pu-erh tea can be either brewed immediately or if stored properly, it can be aged for many years, while increasing in flavor and value, much like a fine wine. Many other teas such as green tea, white tea and flavored teas should be used shortly after purchasing, but with a good Pu-erh, you can make your tea last for months, even decades! Usually, Pu-erh teas are classified by the year they were produced and the region they were grown and processed in, and that information is usually written on the packaging, quite like a wine vintage. With fine Pu-erh tea, the longer it is stored and aged, as long as it is stored properly, the more complex the flavor and the more valuable the tea gets. Aged Pu-erh teas are known for their ability to break down fats, and to help with weight loss, so they are often served in China after a heavy meal.
The tissue paper wrapped over the cake or brick can help to keep the tea dry and protect it from foreign flavor, but it is very thin and breakable. The tissue paper will wear and tear after long time's storage due to oxidization.You can place the Pu-erh tea in sealed bag or box to keep it from air.
Pu-erh tea is named after the city of Pu-erh in the Yunnan Province of China where it was first grown and harvested and the place where it was made popular. Although Pu-erh tea can be classified as a “dark tea” (one of the six classes of tea in China), or “black tea” in the Western world, it is actually a variety of tea by itself, such as Oolong tea or Green Tea. You can find loose leaf Pu-erh tea as well as compressed Pu-erh bricks or Tuo Cha, meaning literally “tea cake”. Our TeaVivre miniature tea cakes are one of the best ways to buy your Pu-erh as there is no need to damage a full cake or brick to enjoy your tea, and these individually wrapped, single serving tea cakes are fabulous for when you want to take your Pu-erh with you on the go!
For centuries, Pu-erh tea has been known for it's medicinal ability to increase your metabolism which helps to break down fat in the body and to reduce levels of bad cholesterol and increase levels of good cholesterol in the body. For this reason, Pu-erh tea is ideal for people who are looking for a healthy way to help their long term weight loss goals, when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Amongst the many scientific studies on Pu-erh tea, one particular study shows that Pu-erh tea also contains polyphones, which attack free radicals in the body, helping to prevent many diseases and increasing your overall health.
This Pu-erh tea is completely manufactured and processed using the origin material in Yunnan Province, so you can be assured of the highest quality Pu-erh tea available on the market. Our premium Pu-erh teas at TeaVivre are produced as they have been throughout history, in the Yunnan Province of China which has been the center of Pu-erh tea production for over 800 years. The Yunnan Province sits directly on the border of Tibet, where the mountains provide high elevation with warm rainy summers which produce the amount of rainfall needed to grown high quality tea trees that grow the largest most flavorful tea leaves and plump, ripe buds. This makes our Pu-erh tea the best it can possibly be for your consumption.
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I choose this Pu-erh purely based on all the reviews on this website because I had never had one before. I am happy to say Pu-erh is my new favourite and I am hoping to try raw pu-erh next. I brewed it western style. Dark rich brew(2.5m steep)- cant taste rose flavour but the tea has slight sweetness which is not overpowering -full bodied and smooth. Suits the weather outside as its cold and overcast. 3rd infusion has a floral aftertaste. I tried this Gongfu Style too-1 Tuocha in 1/3cup water for 10s- i had endless infusions.loved it !
First time I tried pu-erh teas and immediately excellent taste and smooth taste. It is quite sweet overall without sugar or honey, as I prefer to drink other teas. Perfect brew only following the instructions. Highly recommended.
I have had lots of the ripened puerh tuo cha. It is quite good, a strong and bracing, smooth and not astringent tea that resteeps wonderfully. It is more of a daily drink to me than a special occasion puerh. The rose in this one makes it a little sweeter and a little more refined. I do not taste strong rose flavor, but mainly detect the sweetness of the rose in the tea. Very nice!
Got a sample of this one from a Steepster friend. Thanks! Nice clean rich shou with a delicate rose scent. Not a lot of rose flavor but I actually prefer it this way!
Delicious taste, nice rose touch, will buy again.
Love these small touchas. And small rose flower in each makes you feel very special, since you understand that somebody made this with love and care. And of course, the rose gives the nice addition to the taste.
The aroma is a mixture of roses, leather, earthiness, and yeastiness. Brewing the tea brought on the aroma of earthiness and heady roses, it is quite intense. I was able to get five steepings out of this tea and probably could have gotten more! The first steep tasted like leather and earthy, it was a bit biter but the rose mellowed it out. The second steep becomes more like roses and oak wood. The third has notes of sweet tobacco and roses as well. The fourth is milder oak and roses, and lasty the fifth mixes roses and tobacco.
the tea was good, just make sure you rinse it first and then steep it for about 1 minute.
The leaves here are very dark and there is a rose embedded in the bottom of the tiny bird nest. I don’t know why I’m trying this one now, as this apparently never expires and I have plenty of other teas that will expire! But the bag this came in is very handy and I’m planning on putting other teas in it. Steep #1 – Boiling – two minutes – Immediately the rose left the nest like a baby bird and flew to the top of the steeper. The color is very dark. I’ve never seen a darker cup – black until held up to the light and it turns a cranberry red. There is a bit of the fishy fragrance but the flavor itself is not tough… it’s actually very addicting for some reason and tough to explain the flavor itself. It’s a bit cedar like while still maintaining some sweetness. A little spicy. Steep #2 – Boiling – must have went for three minutes – I think I left this one steeping a little too long since the flavor was very woody. Not terrible but I really liked the mystique of the first cup. The color of the cup is even deeper. Steep #3 – Boiling – two minutes – The leaves in the bottom of the steeper are actually very tiny. The color of the cup now looks like root beer. The sweeter flavor is back again. I wouldn’t necessarily say there actually IS a rose flavor to this tea, but the flower is a nice touch and it isn’t just a plain pu-erh. Steep #4 – Boiling- two minutes – I think this one is losing a bit of flavor now, unless I just steeped it wrong. So I’ll just stop here! Really very nice, as everything from Teavivre is! I’m really looking forward to trying more pu-erhs in the future.
This is a sample from teavivre and I thought I’d give this one a go today. Feeling like a straight, or mostly straight tea right now. Pu-erh sounds good to start the new year in. On;y I did have some Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice earlier since I was cold. Anyhow, dry observations… It smelled very earthy, and the cake was pretty firm…only a little crumbling at the top. I do have to mention I had no rose bud whatsoever with this particular tuocha cake. Now, I don’t know about the others, though there was some confusion initially about which pu-erh tuocha I was getting from Angel. So take this last fact with a grain of salt when it comes to tasting notes. I can’t be 100% sure that I got the ripened rose instead of the plain. Brewing and tasting… The liquor turned dark dark dark! It looks very much like coffee or wine, or a mix of the two. I cannot pick up any rose notes specifically, though there is a floral note at the back of my tongue that is accentuated a bit more with the sugar I added. And I added the same amount of milk, roughly, that I usually do, and it is a dark brew still. I taste a very full bodied tea here…even with the milk and sugar. It is earthy and warm and balanced. I don’t get any fishy taste, though I did faintly smell it when it was dry. To me, this is equivalent to a dark beer (though I don’t drink beer). It’s not for everybody. I think this is good for those who like coffee but want to transition to tea because it is such a hearty taste. This all said, it isn’t my favourite, but I do like it as a straight tea. I think I prefer pu-erh blends like DAVIDs Oh Christmas Treat! Orange and chocolate are the perfect match for pu-erh. I’ll see what my next steep is like on this. Oh, and for the record, I did break up the cake with my fingers into a few smaller chunks into my steeper, no rinsing, and I used boiling water and steeped about two minutes. Happy New Years Steepsterites! This review was originally published on Steepster by Heather Martin on June, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Heather Martin.
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