About two months ago, I talked with a customer who asked me about my puerh teas. I showed him my Organic Rise & Shine Black Tea, Caramel Toffee Puerh, and Dark Heart, a wonderful puerh pressed into an adorable heart shape. He thought they smelled great, but then he said, “Don’t you have a plain one without added flavor? Just one in its original form.” Unfortunately, I had to answer no.
This launched my search for a great naturally flavored puerh to bring to Uptown Tea Shop. To fill this gap, I reached out to my wonderful network of tea importers and asked them to send me their best samples. The good news is they came through with an abundance of great choices. It really was hard to select one from the tea samples, but after drinking LOTS of puerh, we finally had a winner.
The Organic Puerh Classic we chose comes from the mountains of southern Yunnan Province. It has a bold and deeply layered profile and is naturally sweet with hints of cocoa and a woodsy finish. Sounds a little pretentious and fancy, doesn’t it, but this puerh tea is perfect for drinking every day. It is fantastic, either hot or over ice.
Here are a few brewing tips to help you get a great cup of Organic Puerh Classic tea.
First, start by rinsing the tea with hot water. Who knew you had to rinse tea, right? To do this, place the tea in your basket strainer or teapot and add just enough water to cover the leaves. Immediately pour out the water - do not let it sit, or you’ll start the steeping process. Rinsing the puerh tea leaves allows the leaf to open to get a smoother taste. Then steep like normal — 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the tea leaves and enjoy your wonderful cup of Organic Puerh Classic tea.
Why should you drink puerh tea?
There are many great health benefits, such as increased energy levels and better focus. Puerh can help promote a healthy heart and cleanse toxins and free radicals from the body. It may help prevent cancer, protect bone health, aid in weight loss, reduce stress, and prevent illness. And best of all, it tastes incredible! Many studies out there are heralding these puerh tea benefits, and I find them fascinating to read. Ok, call me a tea geek, but I just gave you the Cliff Notes version, and you don’t have to worry about a test at the end of class.