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When it comes down to darkest colour of tea, Pu'Er will be the first choice that pops into the mind. Pu’Er has the strongest flavour, and the colour is dark brown. Pu’Er is generally taste better as it is stored in long period of time, the tea leaves’ enzymes will be enhanced naturally, benefits are dispelled cold, improve digestion, and warm-up your body.
Pu’Er is rich in vitamins and minerals. The most important thing is that Pu'Er has amino acids. Amino acids stimulate the gastrointestinal tract to break down fat and improve digestion.
Pu'Er can be divided into “Raw Pu’Er” and “Ripe Pu’Er”. Chinese Tea Gallery first need to import “Raw Pu’Er” from Yunnan, then need to carefully store into our own Hong Kong warehouses for several years due to natural fermentation to transform from Raw to Ripe Pu’Er, as such we have been adopting this technique since around 50 years ago; As a result, Hong Kongers highly value “Ripe Pu’Er” because this is the Pu’Er taste that we all love and familiar with, it is one of our culture.
The colour of “Raw Pu’Er” is generally darker. In Contrast, “Ripe Pu’Er” is slightly lighter in colour. After being brewed with hot water, it is mostly dark brown, brown-red, or brownish yellow.
In terms of taste, “Ripe Pu’Er” has a fruity, earthly, and sweet woody taste. What's interesting is that because of the strong and layered taste of Pu'Er, the tea can blend with dried tangerine peels to leverage the fruity note to our “Ripe Pu’Er”tea.
In terms of production, Pu’Er is generally presented in the form of compressed tea, tea bricks and tea cakes. Through the "pressing” method, the nutrients of the tea can be preserved.
In terms of density, tea bricks are denser than tea cakes, it can weigh up to 26 pounds. (Reminder: You can try to use a tea knife to start from the side of the tea brick and get it sliced slowly from the bottom.)
Pu’ Er tea bricks is very compacted and extremely high in density than tea cakes, so extracting tea leaves from tea bricks is a complicated process. Professional tea knife is required to extract tea leaves, so we generally recommend customers to buy Pu’ Er tea cakes.
Yunnan, China has the best Pu’Er quality in the world, while Hunan has the most quantity of Pu’Er. These two areas are very suitable for Pu’Er farms due to the natural habitat. Therefore, China is still the largest producer of Pu'Er, and we majorly import Pu’Er from this area.
Normally, Pu’Er tea stimulates gastrointestinal tract to help break down fats, and has the effect of regulating intestinal detoxification, as such Diarrhea may occur during the process of expelling accumulated waste from the body. In addition, some people who have sensitive stomach need to be cautious. Therefore, we generally recommend that friends who are new to Pu'Er Tea choose “Ripe Pu'Er”, and pay attention to the concentration of tea, starting from light tea to strong tea, and allow your body to get used to levels of tea concentration.