Small Leaf Pu-erh (Xi Ye Pu-erh)
Why we selected this particular lot: Note the uniformity of the cut of the leaves and their rich, brown appearance. There is a very pleasant mushroom-like aroma as well. These attributes indicate the care in the handling of the leaves and skill in the processing of the lot. The fact it is organically grown added to our interest in the tea.
Interesting facts about our selection: An organically grown, Shou or "ripe" Pu-erh, the leaf has been crafted to small, consistent shape that opens to a rich, clean, earthy aroma. The leaves are tan-brown in color resulting from the fermentation process. It will steep multiple times. This is an excellent choice as an everyday Pu-erh. It can be brewed quite strong to a cup color resembling espresso, yet it will never get bitter, just stronger. This tea does very well as a breakfast tea and certainly a complement to any dessert! Produced in 2015.
Taste profile: You will note some nuttiness and a soft, naturally sweet note. It is not a "deep" or earthy tasting Pu-erh but is more refined, offering a rounder body and smooth mouth feel with nutty notes. The aftertaste is smooth and clean.
Brewing suggestions: For 8 to 12 ounces of water, use 4-5 grams of leaf. Use boiling water, rinse the leaves briefly to awaken them, pour off and re-infuse. We recommend a steeping of 3 minutes and taste. Experiment with the steep time as the initial rinse method often will quicken the your actual steep time as the leaves are opened. This tea should steep 3-4 times.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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For brewing, brew numerous times with short infusions using water at boiling temp.
Hint - rinse the leaves, drain, let the leaves steam for a few minutes. Then re-infuse.
Posted by Mark on 16th Jun 2016
This is my first Pu-Erh. I'm really enjoying it as a morning tea. Looking forward to trying other similar teas so I can develop opinions and preferences. Exceptional customers service from Katherine. Many thanks.
Posted by MK Taylor on 2nd Feb 2016
I am by no means a tea connoisseur, but I had switched from coffee to tea a few years back and have been dabbling with different varieties of teas, thanks to Sil Road. This is my go to favorite. It's a great breakfast tea, not too heavy, and perfect for an afternoon cup. sweet, earthy, and mild. I don't steep it long, and find I can get a couple good steeps from it.
Good for Every Day
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Jul 2015
I often start my day with a delicious and savory cup. Delicious tea, awesome price, and my best tea to recommend to new drinkers or seasoned vets. Both approachable and smooth, with plenty of layers and intrigue for the experienced drinker to enjoy. Can't recommend enough, until it's not in stock and I'm running low. Then stay away, it's mine :)
One of the most interesting teas!
Posted by Mary Zimnik on 26th Jan 2015
I am over the moon about this tea. It steeps so dark, it does have the color of espresso. Yet, the taste is soft, subtle, but with depth. And it's quite unique. The aroma is earthy and a little vanilla bean. It almost has a creaminess to it since it has very dense body. I have been completely surprised how wonderful this tea is. You want something completely different, try it!