Pu Er Teas

 

Pu Er Teas

 

 

 

Technically defined as post-fermented, sun-dried green tea leaves, plucked from the Big Leaf variety of tea tree growing in Yunnan province. Pu Er teas belong to the post-fermented category which is called Hei Cha (black tea). This is not to be confused with what is called black tea in Western cultures (so called for the dry leaf color). Chinese call that Hong Cha or red tea (for the color of the liquor). Sometimes, to avoid confusion in English, the term Dark Tea is used to refer to post-fermented teas. This would include fermented teas from other places in addition to Pu Er which is the name of the tea trading town from ancient times. There are two types of Pu Er, Raw (Sheng) and Ripened (Shu or Shou). Sheng Pu Er requires aging and the longer the tea is stored, the better and more valuable. They are usually greener in nature with more vegetal tastes and more complexity. Shu Pu Er is made by an accelerated fermentation process and can be consumed immediately after it is made. They are much darker than Sheng Pu Ers, with more earthy characteristics and a smoother mouth feel. Sheng Pu Ers are most commonly pressed into cakes, melons or bricks. Shu Pu Ers can also be found in loose form as well as compressed. Pu Ers are well known to have health benefiting properties and can yield many infusions. Many people collect them just like vintage wines. An initial 10 second rinse-infusion is recommended.

Teas are available in bulk packaging or in "The Tea House" brand retail packages. Price is per lb.  Minimum quantity is 2 lbs. unless otherwise (*) indicated. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice. Custom blending available.

Name Code 2 Lbs 3+ Lbs Chest

Lbs/Chest

Golden Melon Pu Er - Sheng
Very Limited Availability!!

PUR-X04-A $83 ea x 2 $81 ea x 2 N/A N/A
Raw (Sheng) Pu Er tea compressed into the famous "melon" shape. 500 grams, each melon has been carefully aged under controlled environmental conditions. Made in 2007 in XiShuangBanNa, Yunnan. Vegetal yet smooth with rich, well balanced characteristics. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 200 deg, 30 sec, 10 inf.

 

Golden Melon Pu Er - Shu
Very Limited Availability!!

PUR-X04 $83 ea x 2 $81 ea x 2 N/A N/A
Ripened (Shu) Pu Er tea compressed into the famous "melon" shape. 500 grams, each melon has been carefully aged under controlled environmental conditions. Made in 2007 in XiShuangBanNa, Yunnan. Very smooth with rich, well balanced characteristics. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 30 sec, 10 inf. 

 

Sheng - Pu Er Brick

PUR-X10-A $55 ea x 7 $53 ea x 7 $50 ea x 21 21 pcs
A pair of tightly compressed bricks of green tea leaves and silver whole buds. Full flavored with thick vegetal aroma and flavor, like fresh cooked kale. Lightly earthy but not musty, it also has a noticeable sweetness and very little astringency. The liquor is a medium gold/yellow. Plucked in the summer of 2017 from 100 year old trees in Lincang, Yunnan. Some bloom is already noticeable on the interior of the brick. Should age very well. Brewing: 1 tsp, 210 deg, 1 min, 5 inf.

 

Shu - Pu Er Brick

PUR-X10 $38 ea x 7 $36 ea x 7 $35 ea x 21 21 pcs
Rich and smooth, this compressed brick of Shu (ripened) Pu Er has earthy, oaky notes with a round burgundy wine sweetness. Aroma is complex but balanced and the liquor color is a deep but bright reddish-brown. Made with tea leaves harvested in spring and summer of 2008 and from 20 year old terraced tea trees in Lincang, Yunnan province. 250 grams. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 1 min, 6 inf.

 

Silver Needle - Pu Er Cake
Very Limited Availability!

PUR-X08 $71 ea x 7 $69 ea x 7 $67 ea x 21 21 pcs
A real treasure, these tender young buds are picked at the peak of their season and compressed into traditional cakes before being allowed to naturally age. Luxurious, smooth flavor with hints of currant tease the palate with barely any mustiness like typical Pu Er teas. Brewing: 1/2 tsp, 212 deg, 2 min, 3 inf.

 

Royal Shu Pu Er - Loose

PUR-X07-A $100/lb $95/lb $90/lb 22 lbs
A treasure to be savored. Made in the Spring of 2009 with leaf from 400-500 year old ancient tea trees, this earthy Shu (ripened) tea from Menghai, Yunnan consists of almost entirely hand gleaned buds. The top of the loose Shu grades, it yields a smooth and full flavor with sweet hints of dried fruit and caramel. This is a very sought after tea for real Pu Er lovers. Brewing: 1/2 tsp, 212 deg, 2 min, 4 infusions.

 

Sheng Pu Er - Cake

PUR-X05-B $35 ea x 7 $33 ea x 7 $31 ea x 21 21 pcs
Known for its many health benefits Sheng (raw) Pu Er tea is essentially sun-dried green tea. This cake is made with fresh silver buds and green leaves plucked in spring of 2017 from trees of 20 years old in Simao (Pu Er City), Yunnan. Fresh and full bodied with mild astringency, this one is already drinkable but will mature nicely with age. A definite collector. Brewing: 1 tsp, 200 deg, 1 min, 8 inf.

 

Royal Shu Pu Er - Cake

PUR-X06-A $64 ea x 7 $60 ea x 7 $57 ea x 21 21 pcs
Pu Er tea is renowned in China for its digestive-aid properties. With a high concentration of precious golden buds, this robust Shu (ripened) Pu Er tea is compressed into the classic 357 gram, 7 in. diameter cake (bing). Rich and round with a sweet, malty, earthy flavor this cake has quickly become one of our favorites. A special recipe from the Liming tea factory, the cakes are made from buds and leaves harvested in the spring and summer of 2011, from 100 year old trees in Menghai, Yunnan. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 1 min, 8 inf.

 

Tuo Cha - Tea Bowl - Sheng

TUO-X01-A $30 ea x 6 $29 ea x 6 $28 ea x 24 24 pcs
Raw (Sheng) style Pu Er tea tightly compressed into the traditional 100 gram bowl shape. Strong flavor with natural smoky flavor. Balanced by hints of caramelized sweetness with a bit of astringency. Deep Red-amber liquor color. Produced in 2005 at the historic Xiaguan tea factory in Dali, Western Yunnan province. The bowl shape originated at Xiaguan and has been made by hand for over 100 years. Brewing: 1 dime sized piece, 200 deg, 1 min, 6 inf.

 

Tuo Cha - Tea Bowl - Shu

TUO-X01-A $17 ea x 12 $16 ea x 12 $15 ea x 48 48 pcs
Strong, earthy, ripened (Shu) style Pu Er tea compressed into the traditional bowl shape. Made in 2013 by the famous Xiaguan tea factory in Dali, Western Yunnan province, the rich tea leaves are shaped by hand as they have been for over 100 years. A robust, yet smooth flavor with deep brown/red liquor. The bowl shape originated at Xiaguan and the have won numerous prizes around the world. Brewing: 1 dime sized piece, 212 deg, 30 sec., 6 inf.