Pu’er is a famous tea with long-standing ancient traditions in Yunnan Province. Pu’er tea has become wildly popular in contemporary times owing to its natural preparation techniques, health benefits and its long-lasting brewing strength.
Pu’er Tea can be separated into two types, raw and ripe. Raw tea begins as a strong, stimulant tea; after a natural aging process of several years, it naturally mellows in flavor and effect, always improving with age; ripe tea is moderate and drinkable immediately after the artificial fermentation process. The rich, aromatic flavor further mellows and improves after storage. The teas can also be separated by their shape, such as round disc cakes, teardrop cakes, and bricks, and loose-leaf, as well as some more special shapes, such as golden melons, etc.
Pu’er is well known for the fact that it is a compressed tea and also that it typically ages well to produce a pleasant drink. Through storage, the tea typically takes on a darker color and mellower flavor characteristics. Often Pu’er leaves are compressed into tea cakes or bricks, and are wrapped in various materials, which when stored away from excessive moisture, heat, and sunlight help to mature the tea. Pressing of Pu’er into cakes and aging the tea cakes possibly originated from the natural aging process that happened in the storerooms of tea drinkers and merchants, as well as on horseback caravans on the Ancient tea route that was used in ancient Yunnan to trade tea to Tibet and more northern parts of China. Compression of the tea into dense bulky objects likely eased horseback transport and reduced damage to the tea.
Pu’er tea has also been lauded as the “drinkable antique”. The flavor and color of Pu’er Tea changes when properly stored over a period of time; fresh raw tea brews into a bright, yellowish broth and possesses a strong, almost harsh flavor; aged raw tea brews an amber broth and possesses a mellow flavor. Fresh ripe tea brews into a bright red broth possessing a smooth mellow flavor; old ripe tea brews dark red with a thick mellow flavor. The flavor, quality and value of Pu’er tea constantly increases over time with proper storage.
Pu’er Tea is lf various methods in depositing, in fact it only needs to de stored in a clean and ventilating place then, “where person can live to be allowed to deposit Pu’er Tea”. Generally do not have the direct solar radiation, do not place in the refrigerator, and do not put into the seal and vacuum tank.
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