A lot of customers have been asking about Pu-erh tea, so, I thought I would provide a bit of insight into this really magical brew. Pu-erh is a category of tea, just like Black tea is a category of tea. And, just like there are different types of black tea (Darjeeling, Assam, Earl Grey, etc.), there are countless types of Pu-erh teas. The one special thing about Pu-erh tea unlike all other teas (White tea, Oolong tea, Green Tea, and Black Tea) is that it is the only organic tea that is intentionally aged, just like a fine wine or cheese.
With that unique processing method, Pu-erh has an incredibly different flavor and effect than all other teas. Pu-er is dark, rich, smooth, and robust with an incredibly deep flavor that often is characterized by notes of chocolate, espresso, and even coffee--but it is tea! In the US we are only just beginning to discover the variety and deliciousness of Pu-erh tea, and Samovar Fair Trade Tea Lounge is currently the largest supplier of certified organic fair trade pu-erh. In China Pu-erh is known as a"slimming" tea because of its digestive benefits when sipped with meals,especially with rich, hearty, or oily meals.
Now, how to decide WHICH Pu-erh is right for you? The best way is just to taste away! The flavor of the different types of Pu-erhs ranges from more chocolaty and espresso like (Jingmai Beencha and the Maiden's Ecstacy), to more oceanic (Menghai Select), to more green (Sun dried Green Beencha and Green Toucha).
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