Chinese Puer is a very special product. It comes from the tropical jungle of Tibet foothills, an area much different from other Chinese provinces with a different climate and where native people often do not even speak Chinese. The tea plants do not look like bushes. The "wild mountain" energy grows ten-meter high trees with large leaves and hairy buds that live for hundreds of years.
Puer tea contains a unique set of biologically active substances. The Chinese call it “sheng qi”, the breath of life. These substances allow the tea to stay "alive" for many years while getting new properties. Ripe Puer provides a boost of energy, freshness of perception, a state of mild euphoria and inner comfort.
This tea was known as Yin Sheng Cha银生茶, “Green-silver tea” during the Tang dynasty (VII century). Its name changed to Pu Cha, the tea from Puer city普洱 during the Mongol Yuan Dynasty (XIII century). At that time, the city of Puer exported this tea all around the world.Tea was compressed in “cakes” or “bricks” to make transportation easier. The production technology of Puer has been improved over time and today there are two main Puer categories on the market: the first is Sheng Puer, also known as green Puer and the second is Shu Puer (aged Puer or black Puer).
The Raw Puers generally have a tonic effect. As tea is older, the taste is milder and more interesting. We do not recommend drinking sheng Puer at night, unless you want to stay awake until the morning.
Ripe Puer has a milder taste and effect. Generally, the quality of the tea depends on the quality of raw materials. The bouquet of fine Shu Puer presents a pleasant earthy, nutty, or chocolate flavors and velvety and deep taste. You can drink Shu Puer on an empty stomach (unlike young Sheng Puer) and even before bedtime, but the concentration should be light. Contrary to popular belief, it is also changing with time, but not as significantly as the Sheng Puer.
Both green and black Puers are sold in loose and pressed form.
Chinese Puer tea, as well as other categories of Chinese tea, is very different not only in appearance but also in quality. It is necessary to be extremely attentive to the purchasing place if you want to buy really high quality Puer. Our online shop offers you Puer tea, made by hand in small farms, located in the historic places of manufacture and production, Puer of known plants, rare and collective Puer and easy Puer for everyday tea time, as well as Puer, made in our own production in the Jinggu Mountains (Xishuangbanna tea region).
If you are a Chinese tea beginner, we recommend you to by a small amount of Puer (10-25 grams) to taste and make your choice. Our online shop is weekly open and we can ship tea worldwide. (Read details here)