Jul 142012
 

A. Pu-erh tea is classified in two types

  1. Sheng pu-erh, also referred to as raw or green pu-erh,  is not oxidized.   Sheng pu-erh is original pu-erh that is made to age many years before being consumed. Mao Cha is immature sheng pu-erh which needs correct storage and aging.   It is less expensive than the aged sheng pu-erh.  The difference is that the vintage variety can already be used immediately or can be permitted to age some more.
  2. In contrast, Shou pu-erh may be immediately consumed.  It was discovered by  innovative  tea artisans  sometime in the 1970s who wanted pu-erh tea that could be ready for use.  Shou pu-erh  or  “black” pu-erh , also known as “ripe” or “cooked”, is oxidized to hasten its aging.  It is much more affordable that Sheng pu-erh and can be consumed within 2 or 3 years

              types of Pu'erh tea

A comparison between raw and ripe Pu-erh:

Time required to achieve full fermentation:

   Raw  20 to 30 years
   Ripe Several months

 

Color of the Brew

Raw Between golden yellow to  orange, varies based on age of the tea
Ripe Dark chestnut
Raw The brewed leaves of raw Pu-erh are more solid, soft and plump
Ripe Leaves are usually not intact, color black and no longer soft.

 

Taste Differences :

Raw / Young Pu-erh Has similar characteristics to green tea. As the tea ages, its character improves .  Known for strong sensations in the mouth and lasting after taste
Ripe Earthy and mild. Aged or ripe Pu-erh is smooth and tastes like ripened plum

Popular Varieties of Pu-Erh Tea :

•           Pu-Erh Tea Cake Red Dayi 7262 Menghai Tea Factory, 2003 (Black/Shou)

•           Pu-Erh Tea Brick, Wild Leaves, Ke Yi Xing, 1990s (Green/Sheng)

•           Pu-Erh Tuo Cha, Xiaguan Tuo, Xiaguan Tea Factory, 1990s (Green/Sheng)

•           Emperor Pu-Erh Loose Leaf Tea 2000 (Black/Shou)

I.    What is Pu-erh tea

 II.    Pu-erh’s Origins

III.    Production

 IV.    Types of Pu’erh and Brewing

  V.    Flavours of Pu-Erh Tea

 VI.    Pu-Erh Tea and  Its Many Health Benefits

VII.    Shaping  and Packaging Methods

VIII.   Storing Pu-Erh Tea

 IX.    Criteria For Choosing Pu-Erh Tea


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