This Pu Erh Sheng has a subtle acidic flavour, developing good vegetal, mineral notes to start, followed by fruit notes that linger in the mouth.
This is an excellent compressed Pu Erh Sheng in cake form, made from hundred-year-old tea plants in Yunnan.
Also known as “raw” or “green” Pu Erh, this is one of the oldest types of tea consumed in China, and dates back to a time when, for practical reasons of transport and storage, tea leaves were compressed and carried on horseback. On contact with the animals, the tea cakes fermented slightly with the heat and humidity, and acquired their unique aroma.
There are several stages in the production process:
- First, the dry leaves are steamed, to soften them. The required quantity of leaves is then placed in a metal recipient over a jet of steam at 170°C for several minutes.
- Once the leaves have cooled, they are placed in a cotton bag, then pressed and steamed between hot plates, which compresses them into a cake form.
- Once the cake has cooled, it is removed from the bag and left to dry in a warm, wellventilated room for 24 hours, before being packed.
- The cakes are stored for ageing on the resellers’ premises.
Net weight: 362g
Note: product subject to drying; net weight may vary slightly.
- Yunnan, China
- Tea colour:
- Pu Erh Sheng (raw)
- Appearance: compressed cake
- Colour: a lovely mixture of khaki, silver and pale brown
- Scents: vegetal, an animal hint (cowshed), straw, dry grass
- Scents: vegetal (cooked vegetable), metal, hay, fruit
- Colour: yellow-gold, clear
- Texture: a delicate astringency
- Flavours: a subtle acidity
- Aromas: mineral, vegetal, a floral accent (white flowers), fruit (exotic fruit, pineapple, green apple, dried apricot), an animal hint
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: a lively attack with vegetal and mineral notes. Plenty of fruit in the middle, which lingers at the finish
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4 minutes in water heated to 90°C
With the Gong Fu Cha: short infusions (15 to 60 seconds) repeated 5 to 6 times in water heated to 90°C
In a small zhong: short infusions (15 to 45 seconds) repeated 7 to 8 times in water heated to 90°C
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