Pu-erh tea – pu erh

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pu erh tea nashvilleOne 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. Pu-erh is a microbially fermented tea obtained through the action of molds, bacteria and yeasts on the harvested leaves of the tea plant. It is thus truly a fermented tea, whereas teas known in the west as black teas (known in China as Red teas) have only undergone large scale-oxidation through naturally occurring tea plant enzymes. Mislabelling the oxidation process as fermentation and thus naming black teas, such as Assam, Darjeeling or Keemun, as fermented teas has created endless confusion. Only tea, such as Pu-erh, that has undergone microbial processing can correctly be called a fermented tea.

Buy Pu-erh tea below or drop by our Nashville tea shop.

$4.95 – 1/3 cup pu-erh tea (makes about 10 cups of tea)

Pu-erh or Pu’er is a variety of fermented dark tea produced in Yunnan province, China. Fermentation is a tea production style in which the tea leaves undergo microbial fermentation and oxidation after they are dried and rolled. This process is a Chinese specialty and produces tea known as Hei Cha, commonly translated as dark, or black tea (this type of tea is completely different from what in the West is known as “black tea”, which in China is called “red tea.” The best known variety of this category of tea is Pu-erh from Yunnan Province, named after the trading post for dark tea during imperial China.

Pu-erh undergoes what is known as a solid-state fermentation where water activity is low to negligible. Both endo-oxidation (derived from the tea-leaves enzymes themselves) and microbial catalysed, exo-oxidation of tea polyphenols occurs. The microbes are also responsible for metabolising the carbohydrates and amino acids present in the tea leaves.

Pu-erh teas are great for digestion, lowering cholesterol and other health benefits.

you can find the following pu-erh teas in our Nashville store or buy them right here, online:

Chorange pu-erh – Rich chocolate and sweet orange bring a confectionary note to the gentle earthiness of pu erh. Lively citrus lifts the blend while the warm chocolate and easygoing pu erh are grounding and smooth. Reminiscent of a favorite treat.

Hazelberry pu-erh – The earthy smoothness of Pu Erh creates a warm foundation for the rich flavor of hazelnut while playful, tangy-sweet strawberries peek through the nutty opulence. A hint of cream adds a soft, dreamy note to the blend.

Spice pu-erh – Pleasantly perky spices add warmth and sweetness to the mellow mineral notes of Pu Erh. Sweet cinnamon and anise with tingly ginger liven up the palate while soothing the soul. A great companion for a chilly day.

Tahiti pu-erh – Decadent coconut, the fruity mystique of papaya and the soft earthiness of pu erh come together for an exotic experience not unlike a walk on the black sand beaches of its namesake. Tropical fruit notes and hints of mineral evoke thoughts of Pacific breezes and rainforest hikes.

Pu-erh balls – Tuo cha pu-erh tea compressed into 3 gram balls (mini tea cakes). Pu-erh undergoes a unique processing method of sun fixation, rolling, piling, drying, compressing, and aging. Each tea ball is suitable for one cup (which may be brewed multiple times without getting bitter) and yields a dark cup with earthy, sweet notes.