Pu-erh Loose (China)
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(Pronounced Poo-Air) Dark tea is a good choice for coffee lovers because it has such a rich body. It's not "watery" or "thin"
What is dark tea? Take a specific black tea, fement it, let it age in a cave (different vintage years are sold, typically the older they are, the more expensive and desirable). Then some dark tea is sold loose, but a lot of times the tea is pressed into a shape. Pu-erh comes from one particular region in China and is a special category of Dark Tea known for its deep earthiness. Dark Tea is full of bacteria probiotics just like yogurt.
"Green pu-erh" is BLACK tea that has aged naturally. "Roasted pu-erh" is BLACK tea that has been moistened and roasted to immediately mimic the aging process. Both taste good, but the Aged is more complex and more desirable. The Aged is prized in China for earthy taste and medicinal properties, whereas the Unaged is typically only for export. Happy Mug's pu-erh is the more authentic "aged" pu-erh.
This particular pu-erh is naturally chocolatey in taste, and when we discovered this lot of tea, immediately called up and secured a large amount of it. While it still has the classic earthy, dusty, musty character of a pu-erh, the chocolate sweetness inherent in its taste largely masks and complements those tastes, making it an approachable, delicious, satisfying mug of dark tea.
In Eastern culture they only brew it for a minute and will rebrew the same tea leaves 6 times or more. They scorn at Westerners who brew it 3-5 minutes, but hey, we are who we are. If you brew it 3-5 minutes, it is a full bodied black tea, with intense, slightly musty sweet chocolate flavor. This is a mug of tea that you are still thinking about the next day and wanting more of.
If you've never had dark tea, you are missing out.
Puerh Fair Trade Organic Loose -- Tasting Notes: Strong, Earthy, almost Musty smelling, Black Tea flavor. Rich, full bodied, and complex flavors of chocolate, hay, and earth.
Steep: 2 tsp tea for 12oz water. Water temperature: 205. Steep time 3 minutes. Sweetener: Unneeded