A little history
Pu-erh tea gets it's name from the area where ancient Chinese tea farmers brougt their tea harvest to be sold or traded. From that city in the Yunnan region of China it was sent to other areas such as Tibet and Mongolia.
There were no trains or tractor trailer trucks so the tea was transported by horses. So it makes sense to compress it into tea bricks or cakes.
Today pu-erh tea is also sold in loose leaf form, but the age old tea brick is still to be had. Many of them several years old, even as old as 40 years or more, it looks like our explorer had some success at finding pu-erh tea for you.
This is what our Tea Explorer has to say:
When I first opened the pouch of tea from Generation Tea, I was put off by the scent. Its short, thin, dark brown leaves had the smell of wet hay. I feared that this might not be my cup of tea. Was I ever wrong!
I brewed the tea by placing one heaping teaspoonful into a two-cup teapot along with boiling hot water. After steeping it for a full five minutes, I was rewarded with a reddish-brown tea with the mild pleasant scent of new mown hay.
I fell in love with this tea from my first sip. The taste was strong with no bitterness, and it had a subtle smooth aftertaste. I expected the bold flavor of this tea to require softening with a sweetener and maybe milk, but found that it offered a pleasant satisfying taste without either.
This tea could be a great replacement for that morning startup cup of black coffee.
Not being satisfied with success, however, I added a sweetener and a splash of milk. This transformed the beverage into a delightful dessert tea to be enjoyed alone as an early morning treat or as a late afternoon reward. I brewed another pot reusing the same tea leaves, and found the second pot to be as good as the first. I stopped at two infusions, but the tea is purported to support three or four.
When brewed a bit stronger than indicated above (using up to one heaping tablespoonful per cup), then iced, lightly sweetened, and spiked with a little lemon juice, this tea makes a refreshing summer beverage.
Many coffee drinkers who wish to cut down on caffeine are finding pu-erh a good first choice to try.
This will become the first pu-erh tea stocked in my cupboard.
Generation Tea carries a good stock of pu erh both in loose leaf and compressed style. You may enjoy seeing how compressed pu erh is handled.
Visit Generation Tea for your pu-erh tea where you will find the age of each pu-erh they offer listed. You will also find many other tea types as well. They are also known for the Oolongs they offer.