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Organic Pu-erh Tea

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  • 4.2 oz Tin $26.95
  • 0.4 oz Sample $3.95
  • 2.0 oz Pouch $12.95
  • 8.0 oz Pouch $29.95
  • 1.0 lb Pouch $52.95
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An outstanding and authentic 2012 ripe (shou) loose leaf Yunnan Pu-erh. Pu-erh is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after teas in China after spending centuries shrouded in obscurity.

Vintage cake pu-erh can sell for more than the price of a car! This exceptional organically grown pu-erh is a dark black medium leaf that when infused creates a deep reddish-brown liquor. At once earthy and nutty-sweet, this pu-erh is much more complex than most. Hints of espresso and acorn. Many steepings with this one.

The health benefits of pu-erh are numerous and profound.

2.0 oz Pouch $12.95 - 30 servings 43¢ per cup | 4.2 oz Tin $26.95 - 63 servings 43¢ per cup

Call us at 888-944-4832 for rare pu-erh cakes and tuo cha.

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Customer Reviews

  1. May 31, 2013 Review by Jennifer

    Super delicious. I think my new favorite! I came in for the tea tasting with Tiffany Smith, LAc. Not only was the talk fantastic, but trying all the teas and learning about them was great!! This was my favorite one that we tasted and learning about all of its benefits was fantastic! I love how it is a dark tea that has low tannins and therefore makes it still a strongly brewed tea, but not bitter at all. The earthly flavor was just lovely and was very calming and comforting. I will be back around for this delicious tea for sure! Thanks for having this tea tasting!

  2. September 28, 2011 Review by Tea Lover

    Fantastic. Mild, yet full flavored. Clean and deep. My absolute fave puér, hands down. I collect aged puérs, too, and some are amazing and out of league, but for every day drinking, this one beats all I have tried. And I have tried many! Thanks Zhi.

  3. August 18, 2010 Review by Dragoon Helena

    I have to admit I am a fan of Zhi Tea and I like most of what they carry and love a great many of their teas. I also think their pu erh is one of the best I have tried, especially of the ripe aged variety. Very, very smooth tasting and it doesn't have any of that dirty sock smell that a lot of the other ones out there do. Great tasting pu erh! I can get 5 steeps from a pot. Very satisfied!

  4. August 6, 2010 Review by Olive

    This is a lovely pu-erh with a fantastic earthy taste. I also love adding chrysanthemum in the pu-erh, which creates a lovely combination of flavors.

  5. May 12, 2009 Review by Lawrence

    I can steep this tea all day long. Fabulius tea.

  6. April 4, 2009 Review by Nathan

    Top quality tea. Very fresh and full flavored, earthy tea. Classic.

  7. December 1, 2008 Review by Chad M.

    Kick freakin butt. I love this pu'erh.

  8. February 14, 2008 Review by Hannah

    This is truly the best loose leaf puerh out there and I have tried them all. And organic to boot. By the way Cecilia it was stored in a cave.

  9. December 31, 2007 Review by Amber

    Thank you for offering this new and exciting tea. It's growing on me for sure!

  10. October 26, 2007 Review by Diane

    Not so good for this novice tea drinker. I think I tried this one too soon.

  11. August 29, 2007 Review by Cecilia

    Not my favorite, but I am glad I tried it. A bit too muddy for me. Tastes like it was stored in a cave.

  12. August 18, 2007 Review by John

    I didn't think I would like the pu-er this much, but I do. And it makes me feel great.

Hint: Shorter steep time for more sweetness.

Water: 208°F | Leaves: 1 tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 3-4 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t overboil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time
Leaves can be resteeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don’t throw out those leaves until they have given it all up!
Discover the mysterious tea with the unique flavor and numerous health benefits.

Highly recommended to experiment with the steeping times with this lovely loose-leaf Pu-erh. A short steeping time (~2 min) reveals a lovely complexity that is often lost in longer steep times.
Traditionally Pu-erh is steeped for very short times (with larger volumes of leaves) and up to 10 steepings is common!
See what works for you...Explore the world of Pu-erh.
Pu-erh is one of the oldest types of tea in China with a history of over 1700 years, tracing back to the Eastern Han Dynasty. During its height of popularity, the tea was freely traded even used as money for the bartering of goods. Pu-erh gets its name from the city of Pu-erh in south-western China where the trade for Pu-erh was conducted. Not far from Pu-erh are the areas of Xishuangbanna and Simou, where cultivation and processing of the tea is carried out today.

Unlike other teas, the processing of pu-erh is carefully guarded. In the past, trespassers mistaken as spies on pu-erh tea farms were known to be killed. To this day, the secrets of processing pu-erh remains ruthlessly guarded and it is only in China where genuine Pu-erh tea can be produced. The most basic processing methods include roasting the leaves right after they’re picked. After being roasted, theleaves are sun-dried before being steamed slightly and allowed to ferment. Some pu-erh manufacturers ferment the tea twice, making the flavor more intense.

Pu-erh tea is well-known for its ability to undergo a post-fermentation process designed for further aging, similar to wine. The aging process allows the tea to develop added complexity in character. With active microbes living within the tea, pu-erh evolves with each passing year. This is the most fermented tea in China. It is traditionally compressed and packed into tea cakes or bricks to age, which originated from the natural aging process that happened in the storerooms of tea drinkers and merchants, as well as on horseback caravans on the Silk Road. This method eased horseback transportation and reduced the damage to the tea.

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