One of the five main types of tea (white, green, oolong and black being the others), pu erh tea stands apart with its uncommonly soft earthy flavor and woodsy tones. Unlike all other teas, pu erh (pronounced 'poo-err') is actually aged. The tea leaves go through a natural fermentation process before the tea is gently dried. This creates a cup with zero astringency and a deep, rich body. Pu erh is extraordinarily smooth and deeply refreshing. Our Pu erh Poe (the shou variety of pu erh) gives a clean, woodsy aroma, warm hay inside a barn, mushrooms and savory vegetables. Wilted flower notes and a faint dark chocolate texture. Mellow and grounding. If the flavor is too strong for you, simply dilute with water (which, interestingly, doesn't work for many other teas!) Pu erh is extremely versatile - you can steep it for as little as 30 seconds or 30 minutes, whatever pleases your palate. It won't get bitter and is great for multiple infusions.
Pu Erh Tea | High caffeine | Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.
With a heavy body and rounded edge so typical of Yunnan teas, Pu Erh Poe is a prime example of the shou (ripened) pu erh category. Aged for five years, redolent of just-tilled fertile soil, its flavor is intense yet, unlike other teas, it can take additional water to lessen the intensity without losing its particular taste or the ability to re-infuse. Pour on boiling water to cover the leaves, leave on for 45 seconds, then discard that liquid before steeping with freshly boiled water. Experiment with times to your taste. It cannot be over-steeped.
Questions and Answers
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Does Pu Erh Poe need to be rinsed before steeping?
Asked by Jack Edwards
on May 13th, 2020
Why and how should this tea be rinsed? That would have been helpful before preparation.
Asked by Julie Palmer
on May 19th, 2020
What is the age of this pu-erh?
Asked by Tony Farmer
on May 25th, 2020
Meet our pu-erh dante farmer, Xiao Zhang Luo
To ensure the best quality and value, we import our teas directly from the
countries in which they are grown, working closely with the farmers who tender
them. Our Roots Campaign connects our customers with the rich stories and the farmers
behind some of our most popular teas.
How long have you been growing tea and what got you started?
“I began to work in tea when I graduated from middle school when I was 18. My whole family are dealing with teas by several generations.”
Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
“I have to get up early in the morning. After a simple breakfast I will go out to pick up tea leaves. Then in the afternoon I will work in the factory to make pu erh. During tea season I usually very busy. Sometimes I have to work overnight.”
What is your favorite part of growing tea?
“I love picking. I love to climb the mountain and breathe the fresh air.”