Chinese Pu-er Tea

SHENG PUER - "WHITE" - CHITSU BING CHA

Our interest for "white puer" grew during our 2007 visit to China, where we sampled many quality white puers and enjoyed their smooth, inviting and slightly sweet flavor. White puer is difficult in theory to distinguish from green puer, except that they certainly taste strikingly different. White puer is uncooked, or unfermented, like green, but mostly tips are used to make it and the leaves are not allowed to wither as long as for green puer. Similar to our Bai Mu Dan white tea, but perhaps a bit more earthy, we recommend to you this heart-warming and pleasant new addition to our menu.

$6.00

SHENG PUER - "GREEN" - QING BING RUSTICA

One of the simplest teas in terms of production, "green puer," which is namely dried in the sun then pressed into bricks, offers a hearty, earthy cup, slightly astringent and distinguishable from any other tea. Wild tea is harvested in Yunnan's many ecologically diverse forests. The Xishuangbanna jungles of Southern Yunnan are especially renowned for their impressive variety of flora and fauna, including many ancient Camellia Sinensis trees. Our superior green or "uncooked" puer is a combination of wild tea and cultivated tea. One can taste in each cup the earthy herbal tones of wild tea with the honeyed, muscatel layers in flavor of cultivated tea. Perhaps, if lucky, one might even catch the aroma of the Xishuangbanna hills at sunrise, or the feeling of seeing The King of Tea Trees, standing proud at 1700 years old, deep in the Yunnan jungles...

$6.00

SHENG PUER - "WILD TREE" - LAO SHU BING CHA

From the Lao Shu tea gardens in the Xishuangbanna jungles of Southern Yunnan this large variety of pu-er sun is marked by its abundance of wild tree leaves. The newly harvested leaves and buds are taken from the ancient forests and left to wither and dry in the sun on bamboo mats. The leaves are then steamed before they are pressed into large suns. Experiencing the sweet-and-sour amber brew of Lao Shu Bing Cha is like taking a stroll through the old tea trees of the jungle - humbling and invigorating all at once.

$6.00

SHOU PUER - MENG HAI TUO CHA

This large nest variety shares the shape of puerla but is much larger and is one of our darkest, ruddiest puers. It has a deeply earthy, slight astringent flavor, reminiscent of ancient underground caverns.

$6.00

SHOU PUER - CHI TSE BING CHA

A large "cooked" puer processed through the special fermentations of ageing, steaming and compressing. Following fermentation, the leaves are pressed into discs called "suns" which are the most popular form of pressed puer in China. It's particularly quenching down to the roots of the body, and has a very clean and refreshing texture.

$6.00

SHOU PUER BRICK - ZHAO LI CIAO

This large nest variety shares the shape of puerla but is much larger and is one of our darkest, ruddiest puers. It has a deeply earthy, slight astringent flavor, reminiscent of ancient underground caverns.

$6.00

SHOU PU-ER CHA - LOOSE LEAF

The loose-leaf variety from the Southern China province of Yunnan. A long, rolled, dark brown leaf with a gray luster on the surface. Like Puerla in flavor, this tea is distinguished by its specific, earthy aroma reminiscent of old Buddhist monasteries. Also requiring a longer than average time for steeping, it produces an equally dark cup. Whether one tries the puer "nest" or the loose-leaf, its flavor will leave a unique impression.

$4.25                  $4.25

CHRYSANTHEMUM PU-ER

We are proud to offer this traditional pairing of dark, earthy puer with the subtely sweet and floral chrysanthemum. These two together soften the heavier puer and strengthen the light flower. A nice compliment to a light meal or dessert or during hearty conversations with close friends.

$4.25                  $4.25

GINGERED PU-ER

A spicy twist on traditional pu-er cha tea! This is the ultimate digestive infusion, suitable for after a meal or to warm and revitalize the body on a cold winter's day.

$4.25                  $4.25

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