We love this cake with its harmonious woody, honey aromas that succeed one another perfectly during the tasting. The notes of cocoa and liquorice leave a lingering impression in the mouth.
A first encounter with Pu Erh can be surprising, even disconcerting, but if you come to appreciate its intense, powerful flavour, it becomes a firm favourite. Because it has a low theine content, it can be consumed in the evening as well as during the day. Pu Erh is well-known for its beneficial qualities: it is reputed to aid digestion and help detox the body, making it an excellent tea to enjoy after a meal.
This is an excellent Pu Erh Shu (also known as a “cooked” Pu Erh) harvested in 2015 and compressed into a cake form. This is one of the oldest forms 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.
Like wine, some teas improve with age, which is the case of Pu Erh. In general it takes around 30 years for a Pu Erh cake to mature fully. The aromas are transformed and the flavours are richer, and have evolved to leave a profound, mysterious impression.
Net weight: 360g
Please note that since this product is subject to drying, net weights may vary slightly.
- Yunnan, China
- Tea colour:
- Pu Erh Shu (cooked)
- Appearance: compressed cake
- Colours: dark brown, pale brown
- Scents: toast, wood, a hint of animal
- Scents: bread crust, cloud ear fungus, wood, a hint of cocoa, a hint of wet wood
- Colour: red
- Texture: completely smooth
- Flavours: sweet
- Aromas: mushroom, wood, honey, wood (waxed wood), liquorice root, cocoa, a hint of a toasted note, a hint of fruit (very ripe apple)
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: Very harmonious and a good balance between the aromatic notes. A round texture with cocoa and liquorice notes to finish
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4 minutes in water heated to 90°C
With the Gong Fu Cha: short infusions (15 seconds to 1'30) repeated 6 to 7 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
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.