Pu Erh is a Chinese fermented tea. In contrast to oxidised tea varieties (like black tea), the tea leaves have been carefully rotted, giving Pu Erh its distinctive flavor.
This Pu Erh Ancient Teabush Ripened (Shou) BIO has been pressed into a cake and wrapped in a thin, breathable paper: a traditional way of keeping the tea. During fermentation, microbes have infused the tea with a woody, somewhat earthy character. Compared to raw Pu Erh, ripened Pu Erhs do not ripen much more after storing.
- Flavor: powerful black tea with a very dark color
- Origin: Yunnan, China
- Weight: 357 grams
Why does my Pu Erh weigh 357 grams?
Pu Erh has been packaged and sold in stacks of seven cakes since the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (清朝 1644-1912). Each cake weighed 7 Liang (357 grams). Packaged and transported per 7 in a bamboo tong, the tea weighed a total of 49 Liang. These numbers were probably easy to use in the time's tax system and are still maintained. The designation Yunnan Chi Tse Beeng Cha (云南 七 子 饼 茶) on the packaging means 'seven cakes Yunnan tea'.