What is the big deal with puerh tea? And what does puerh tea taste like, and why do so many people love it?
Brewing puer tea can be a daunting task for the first-time drinker. With all of the different instructions available online, it’s hard to know where to start. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of what puer tea is, what it tastes like, and how to brew it correctly!
But first – what is puer tea?
A Brief Introduction to Puer Tea
Puer tea is a type of fermented Chinese tea. It is made from the leaves and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant. The fermentation process gives puer tea its unique taste and smell.
Puer tea has been around for centuries and was originally produced in the Yunnan province of China. It was originally used as a currency and traded on the Silk Road. Puer tea became popular in Europe during the 18th century, and it is now enjoyed all over the world!
This tea is often pressed into bricks or cakes, which are broken apart with a tea pick before brewing. This pressing process helps preserve the tea for travel and export, making it easy to transport.
Be careful: once you start drinking puerh tea, regular black tea will be downright boring.
What Does Puerh Tea Taste Like?
Puer tea has a strong, earthy flavor that some people compare to mushrooms or damp soil. It can also be bitter, astringent, and slightly sweet. The taste of puer tea depends on how it is brewed, what type of puer tea you are drinking, and your personal preferences.
Puer tea is usually brewed with water that is around 95-100 degrees Celsius. This allows the tea leaves to release their flavors without becoming bitter. If you are new to brewing puer tea, we recommend starting with a lower temperature and gradually increasing it until you find the perfect brew for your taste buds!
How to Brew Puer Tea
Now that you know what puer tea is and what it tastes like, let’s learn how to brew it!
Puer tea can be brewed in many different ways. The most important factor in brewing puer tea is the water temperature. As we mentioned earlier, the ideal water temperature for brewing puer tea is 95-100 degrees Celsius.
If you are using a teapot, we recommend adding around two grams of tea leaves per 100ml of water. If you are using a gaiwan, we recommend adding three to five grams of tea leaves.
When making puerh tea, make sure that you rinse the leaves before starting to brew the tea so that you wash away any dust or contaminants.
The puer tea leaves commonly come in the form of a dried cake or brick, and the tea leaves can be chipped away with a tea pick. You can find some that do not require a tea pick, but we rather enjoy the full brewing experience.
Puer tea can be brewed multiple times. The number of infusions depends on the type of puer tea and your personal preferences. We recommend starting with three infusions and then increasing or decreasing the number of infusions as desired.
Where to Buy Puer Tea
Now that you know what puer tea is and how to brew it, you might be wondering where to buy it. Puer tea can be found in many online stores and brick-and-mortar tea shops.
When purchasing puer tea, we recommend looking for a reputable seller with good reviews. You should also make sure that the seller provides clear brewing instructions. The last thing you want is to end up with a subpar cup of tea!
We hope this blog post has been helpful in teaching you about puer tea!