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Shu Pu Er

熟普洱 - Shu Pu Er

For more information about the Shu Puerh tea ,please refer to Shu Puer Masterclass on our blog page.  

Grade

"Jin Ya" - Golden tips ( medium or bigger tips ) , "Gong Ting "  - small tips , 1st. grade - tip and small leaf. Other grades down to the 7th grade are about the ration of tips - leaves - stems - old leaves - Huang Pian ( ...

熟普洱 - Shu Pu Er

For more information about the Shu Puerh tea ,please refer to Shu Puer Masterclass on our blog page.  

Grade

"Jin Ya" - Golden tips ( medium or bigger tips ) , "Gong Ting "  - small tips , 1st. grade - tip and small leaf. Other grades down to the 7th grade are about the ration of tips - leaves - stems - old leaves - Huang Pian ( yellow leaves ) , which most of it is obvious by visual.

Huang Pian also could be sold loose or pressed as separate product.

Processing

The depth of fermentation has impact on final taste and further ability to change with time ( mistakenly associated with ageing ). Dark, medium and light fermentation terms are not set exactly so the association with final product might vary from the producer or vendor. ( for example : what we call medium fermentation , for somebody else this could be light fermentation and vice versa )

There are few concepts of fermentation. Apart big tea factory production making many tons batch in one go , there is also small private production ,  above the ground fermentation ( tea is in bags sitting on pallets avoiding contact with ground ) or basket fermentation (  fermenting in bamboo baskets. These are very small batches ).

Processing is also related to area as the climate conditions vary ( particularly heat and humidity ) which are important factors for the fermentation. Some areas are also significant for shu production with intensive smokey notes.

Shu puerh also can be blended with flowers ( like jasmine or nuo mi ) or just be steamed with.

For search of shu based on tasting notes, please refer to Tea Taste at the footer of our website.

Shape

Apart of the loose form also in various shapes either natural way  like " Lao Cha Tou " or  manmade like cakes , bricks , tuo , balls called " Long Zhu " . Some other alternative forms are available like shu puerh stuffed into the mandarine, shu puerh granules called Silver Nuggets or shu puerh dense extract  " Cha Gao "

Trees

Shu puerh is mostly made of "tai di cha" - tea bushes from plantations  or from " Qiao Mu " arbor tea trees growing in tea gardens . The most expensive is production from old tea trees called " Gu Shu " ( we call it also Old Arbor ).

Varietal

Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica , var.pubillinba, and many others.Aside of cultivated tea plants there is also production from wild tea trees like Camellia Taliensis ..etc.

We do not state varietal on the product unless we can trace it. Many vendors use it as marketing tool or just guessing without having solid evidence of the varietal.

Origin

The location is very important for single origin products as some places , mountains or even villages might be significant for specific taste or other qualities. In pu erh tea production is also common ( in fact back in past it was the main concept ) blending / mixing mao cha from different locations or different trees ( bushes with arbors ) .

Harvest

Shu puerh is mostly made as the cheaper product than sheng. Late spring , summer or autumn harvests ( or mix of them ) is generally used for production. In taste and quality of brewing the right  / suitable fermentation ( and appropriate kill green for sheng before gone to processing of shu ) plays big role and might cause that product made of summer material might be actually better than spring one. 

Brewing

Brewing parameters ( volume , amount of tea , time of brewing ) depends on personal taste preference and desired strength of the tea. Temperature is recommended 100C boiling water , in order to get the most out of the shu.

In brewing the shu the size of the leaf ( grade )  , depth of fermentation , previous storage ( humidity ) or  shape ( loose / pressed and soft or hard pressed ) factors also need to be concerned.

The products listed below is a representative selection of the elements written above , helping you to understand the differences by trying particular examples.

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    Dark fermented shu puerh from zi ya purple variety tea leafs growing in Puer area . Hand rolled and pressed into the 6 - 8g dragon balls "long zhu". Ruby red dark tea liqour which starts to appear after 3rd steeping when leafs start to loosing up, and then it goes on and on and on, when eventually dark chocolate notes will fade away or you will just get...

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    Authentic way of fermentation gives this shu pu-erh from Baoshan arbor tea trees very distinctive flavour from others. It has a scent of old red wood with the pleasant hint of traditional Chinese medicine, at the very first  brew tea gives sweet sensation in mouth and back of the tongue. This is small private processed batch with handwritten calligraphy...

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    Selected grade from bushes growing near to Mangfei village and processed with  medium level of fermentation as typical for Yongde shu puerh. Within first infusions you will experience pleasant nutty chocolate aroma which is also reflected in taste. It also doesn't miss gentle bitterness at the back taste which can increase with harder steeping ,yet no...

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    Medium-light fermented tea leafs from small arbor tea trees growing in small tea garden in Mengku. Walnut-chocolate infusions within each cup will not turn to the soil-earthy notes even during the longer time of brewing. Very soft / mild shu puerh suitable for the morning because easy going on your stomach The tea brick comes from private batch, small...

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    Medium light fermented tea leaves from plantations of Bang Lang mountain which is the part of the Ailao Shan. This cake represents typical taste of shu puerh from Puer area as you can expect from tea factories like Long Sheng. Caramel and walnuts would be the keynotes emerging in brewed tea leaves and so in taste in your cup. Without any deep soil earthy...

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    Shu puerh tea from Bulang mountain processed back in 2011 blended with the Pasha 2017. Very interesting concept of medium fermented Bulang shu puerh with dark-ish Pasha. Intensive dark chocolate notes accompanying flavor of nuts which you will "chew" after 2nd or 4rd infusion. Only 30% of lao cha is enough to give the tea well balanced taste and...

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    Naturally scented by steaming through the jasmine flowers so the tea leafs absorb the aroma which stays in them during the further processing. No chemicals added! Very good for those who have been put off by the earthy notes of general shu puerh or for people who like jasmine. Very convenient for brewing since small pellets are hard pressed. No need...

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    Shu puerh pressed brick was exposed to the environment with controlled temperature and humidity in order to achieve Golden Flowers " Jin Hua ".The taste description in very simple way would be like : Hei Cha without astringency or excessive sour notes and shu puerh without earthy or fishy notes. In fact, resembles a taste of old hei cha but without any...

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    Mixture of spring and autumn harvest of young arbor tea  tree leafs from Yiwu make this cake for reasonable price despite of the soaring costs of tea production from this area. Deep fermentation is revealed by very first infusion when nutty and dark chocolate notes pop out from your hot gaiwan and will remain in your mouth for good solid 6-8 steeping....

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    After 3rd infusions the medium dark red tea liquor clears but there is a still touch of "dui wei" since it's a new shu pu-erh. Gong ting grade of tea leafs from Menghai area release bitter-sweet taste and warming up feeling.

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    Shu pu-erh fermented in Pu'er ( Simao ). As typical for shu pu-erhs produced from the area , clean and medium fermented  tea leafs from the bushes of varietal " jin pu hao" release walnutty aroma. Some woody notes which are more noticeable in lighter infusions. You will get a dark chocolate bitter touch with harder infusions , which might be welcomed by...

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    You will get very rich and strong flavor from this 6-10g shu pu-erh cube from Menghai made from batch fermented on wooden pallets above the ground for better air circulation and increased hygiene. Gentle smoky notes at the beginning will fade away later and sweetness will linger at the bottom of your tongue combined with persisting bitter and warming...

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