Chinese Pu-erh Tea

SHENG PUERH (raw)

Sheng Pu-erh has an incredibly delicious, clean and earthy flavor. Processing sheng pu-erh involves plucking the leaves, drying them briefly in the sun and aging them either loose or compressed. If stored properly, raw pu-erh can age indefinitely and be worth hundreds of dollars. Tea connoisseurs highly value the complexity and unique flavor of aged raw pu-erh.

$6.50 Loose Leaf $30.00 per 3.5oz sun

SHENG PUERH - "WHITE" - CHITSU BING CHA

Our interest for "white puerh" grew during our 2007 visit to China, where we sampled many quality white puerhs and enjoyed their smooth, inviting and slightly sweet flavor. White puerh is difficult in theory to distinguish from green puer, except that they certainly taste strikingly different. White PUERH 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.

$6.50 Loose Leaf $30.00 per 3.5oz sun

SHENG PUERH - "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.

$6.50 Loose Leaf $18.00 per 100g sun

SHENG PUERH - MANG FEI SHAN BRICK

Late 90s
A high quality, raw leaf material suitable for the tea connoisseur who appreciates aging their teas. As this brick from Mang Fei has now reached its 20 years of age, it has begun to calm down in caffeine and sink deeper into itself. It offers a more grounding experience of classic shung mystery.

$8.00 Loose Leaf $22.00 per 2oz

SHENG PUERH - SA BANG

Bamboo puerh from Laos
From the small tea village of Phongsali in Northern Laos. Harvested by hill tribe members of the Mung tradition, this hand-picked, wild-crafted leaf is harvested year-round from wild tea trees over 800 years old. It is oxidized in the sun, and then packed tightly and pressed into stalks of bamboo by the village people. After drying, the tea is tied into a cigar shape and is often traded in local farmer's markets for vegetables and grain.

$8.00 Loose Leaf $18.00 per stick

SHOU PUERH (ripe)

Shou pu-erh is a ripe, black variation that was developed in the 1970s as the demand increased for pu-erh that could be consumed without aging. The tea leaves go through an accelerated fermentation process similar to composting. In turn, compressed tea leaf cakes are steam heated to speed up the aging. This “cooking” creates a darker amber color and deep, earthy taste.

$6.50 Loose Leaf $18.00 per 3.5oz nest

SHOU PUERH - MENG HAI TUO CHA

This large nest variety shares the shape of a bird's nest and is one of our darkest, ruddiest puerhs. It has a deeply earthy, slight astringent flavor, reminiscent of ancient underground caverns.

$6.50 Loose Leaf $18.00 per 3.5oz nest

SHOU PUERH BRICK - ZHUAN CHA

This dense, fully oxidized brick is one of the most flavorful and down-to-earth puerh in house. Hints of tempered, calm bittersweet flavors give this tea a unique twist on the traditional flavor and aroma.

$6.50 Loose Leaf $28.00

SHOU PUERH - MENG FEI SHAN BRICK

From the late 90s
A satisfyingly hefty brick for the seasoned connoisseur. This tea meets the criteria of a well-cared for shou. Each brick has such effervescence and is playful and alive.

$8.00 Loose Leaf $22.00 for 2oz

SHOU PUERH - LOTUS BRICK

Have you ever walked through a plant nursery after it rains? Lotus brick delights with all of the freshness, earthiness, clarity and floral bouquet of that stroll. It is a very tactile and approachable tea. Suitable for opening the heart.

$8.00 Loose Leaf $22.00 for 2oz

SHOU PUERH - TENCHONG MOUNTAIN 2012

A well-rounded broth, with notes of peat, dark leafy greens and the sweetness of grape juice.

$8.00 Loose Leaf $22.00 for 2oz

SHOU PU-ERH 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. 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 PUERH "nest" or the loose-leaf, its flavor will leave a unique impression.

$6.00                  $4.75 Loose Leaf $6.00 per oz

SHOU PU-ERH CHA - CHA TOU SHOU CHA

From Lincang, 2012
"Pu-erh nuggets" that are scraped off the floor in the fermentation rooms. This super oxidized tea sticks to the cement floor under the piles of pu-erh cha that is left to ferment for 4 months. It has become quite popular in Yunnan for its well matured, persistent qualities. The flavor is surprisingly sweet and uplifting in the cup.

$6.00                  $4.75 Loose Leaf $6.00 per oz

MANDARIN PU-ERH

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

$6.00                  $4.75 Loose Leaf $6.00 each

GINGERED PU-ERH

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.

$6.00                  $4.75 Loose Leaf $6.00 per oz

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