Loose Leaf Chinese Pu’er, Pu-erh, Tea
Pu-erh (pu’er, puer or pu erh) tea one of the six tea categories of tea in China. Pu-erh tea is classified as a Black tea however there is debate that it should have a category of its own as its processing methods are fundamentally different to that of the regular Black teas. Black tea is oxidised (non bacterial fermentation) and not fermented by microbial bacteria, however pu-erh tea is fully or partially fermented by microbial bacterial activity (it does also have some oxidisation in the early stage of the process). Unlike white tea or green tea, when the plant is picked for the pu-erh teas the older larger leaves on the branch are used, as opposed to white tea which generally uses the bud and the first 1-3 leaves picked early in spring or green tea that uses the first 1-3 leaves picked later in spring/summer. Pu-erh tea leaves can be picked in late summer into autumn. Spring and autumn are the best seasons. Green (raw) and Black (ripe) pu-erh follow the same processes of Withering (dehydrating)- Rolling/Forming – Drying and Steaming/Shaping. Pu-erh tea has the additional step of “Cooking” (Piling/Heaping) which is heaping the leaves in a pile to facilitate fermentation – Wodui. Pu-erh tea varieties are then stored for ageing. Pu-erh tea also employs another technique of sun-drying the leaves after the Rolling/Forming step. The piling/heaping of the leaves triggers the enzymatic decomposition, cooking of the leaves by natural heat thus fermentation occurs.
Golden Ocean Chinese Tea
Specialising in various kinds of Black tea, Green tea, White tea, Yellow tea, Oolong tea, Dark tea, Pu Erh Tea, Scented tea, Flowering tea, Herbal tea and Tea Powder, Tea ware, Tea pots, cups, mugs, Tea canisters, Tea containers. We supply the finest and rarest Chinese teas imported directly from China.
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