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Famed for its medicinal properties, this tea has a musty character sometimes described as “old.” How can this be called “young,” I hear you ask?
Pu-erh tea leaves are picked, rolled, and withered in the hot sun before steaming. Steam generates moisture, and when compressed into cakes, the tea takes on a musty character. They are then dried and stored for years. Check out our Sip Locally Tea Journey blog post about Pu Erh tea.
Older varieties are more prized and more expensive. This Young Pu-erh has not been compressed into a cake. As the name suggests, this is a younger and therefore less expensive, but certainly no less prized in our opinion.
Studies claim that Pu-erh can help digestion, lower cholesterol and promote body fluid secretion. In other studies, claims of quenched thirst invigorated spleen activity and alcoholic detoxification have been noted.
Whether you believe these declarations or not, this is an unusual tea. Like a fine wine, this tea is well worth taking time to drink. 20 to 25 cups of tea can be made from 2 oz of loose leaf tea.
Brewing Instructions for Pu Erh Black Tea
Steep this tea multiple times. Loose-leaf teas have far more flavor than traditional tea bags due to the superior quality and freshness. Tea strength is a personal decision—experiment to determine your preferences.
Use boiling water and allow your Pu Erh Tea to steep as little as 2 minutes or as much as 6 minutes. Double the steep time for each of the following steeps. Pu Erh Tea can be steeped at least 3 times and, depending on the steep times, as many as 8 times. Consider blending the first steep with the following steeps to balance the tea; if you do not want to drink all the tea, store it in the fridge for wonderful iced tea.
Store in a dry place.