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Organic Bold Leaf Pu-erh

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A complex kind of tea, pu-erh has a rich earthy flavor when hot and a more pungant, licorice flavor when cold. An aged "raw" tea, this has a more woodsy flavor, yet is still young in terms of pu-erh giing it a lighter flavor than a 30 year old or 1000 year old tea. This is a must try for those who are venturing deep into the realm of tea. This organically grown, full leaf version of Pu-erh has a deeply fermented flavor.

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    For a tea to be called pu-erh, it must be made from the large-leaf subspecies Camellia sinensis var. assamica and grown in Yunnan Province in China's southwest, where Han Chinese as well as many ethnic minorities share borders with Burma and Laos. It's one of the few teas to be designated a protected origin product by the Chinese government, a rarity in an industry run wild with loose, unregulated terms and limited oversight (Though knock-offs are still out there).

     

    Like other fine Chinese teas, it benefits from using a lot of leaf in small pots, brewing for short times (15 to 60 seconds) over a series of as many as two dozen infusions with boiling or near-boiling water, adjusting as you go.

     

    More than most tea, pu-erh is built for change, not just over months and years, but over a single brew session.

     

     

     

    You can use a scale to weigh out your leaves to the gram, but I usually break off a six- to 10-gram chunk with a butter knife for a 100-milliliter gaiwan or clay teapot.*(This is for tea bricks or coins) 

     

    Even relatively simple fresh, young sheng pu-erh will develop in your pot as you keep re-steeping, and more mature aged teas can travel from dank and mushroomy to spicy-sweet to grapey-floral.

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