Wild Purple Buds Pu Erh Tea (Sheng)

(4 customer reviews)

13,9049,90

Raw (’sheng‘) Puerh Tea from wild, ancient tea trees in the forests Pu Erh, Yunnan, China. An exceptional tea with a rich tradition. ,The buds come in three different colors, purple, green and yellow. In the infusion, these lighten up and gain volume. At the same time, the infusion color tales on a pale, light yellow with a slight purple tinge. Floral, honey-like notes dominate both taste and fragrance. If unripened pu erh teas have left you disappointed so far, give this one another try…

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Wild Purple Buds Sheng Puerh Tea

Puerh Tea – Origins, History and Characteristics

Puerh Tea is he oldest known trading form of tea, today counting among the truly ‘Great Teas of China’. It has its name from the city and prefecture ‘Pu Erh’ in Yunnan, China, the “cradle of tea”. There, the large-leaf tea tree varieties, by definition providing the leaves for pu erh tea, thrieve since ancient times. At this, the designation is not applicable for tea growing outside of Yunnan and/or made from small-leaf varieties. Instead, such teas fall under the ‘dark tea’ (‘Hei-Cha’) category, within which Pu Erh tea is a special form.

Pu Erh tea spread to places outside of China already from around 1000 AD via the so-called Tea-Horse-Road. Until well into the 20th century, tea traveled on mules on this ancient trade route from Yunnan to Tibet. There, the traders from Yunnan exchanged it for horses, which back then were a precious go

od in China. As to that, contemporary witnesses report that traveling there and back took 1 year full of hardships. The limited transport capacities have inspired the tradition of pressing Pu Erh tea in flat or brick shape. However, the pressing also has an impact on the maturation process and reflects in the refinement of the taste.

“Shou” und “Sheng” Pu Erh Tea

In principle, there is two types of Puerh tea, ripened (‘shou’) and unripened (‘sheng’)  Pu Erh Tea. In order to understand the difference between the two, you have to know that the special character of Pu Erh tea is based on a post-fermentation or maturation process under controlled conditions. At this, the basic steps of processing pu erh tea are the same as with green tea processing. Only that with pu erh tea processing the final drying always takes place under the sun. Then the dried tea leaves can be pressed into a form (cake, brick, etc.) and left to mature naturally. We call a Pu Erh tea ripening naturally in this way a “Sheng” Pu Erh tea. At this, the ripening process can extend over many years.

Wild Purple Buds Sheng Puerh Tea

It was not until the 1960s that Chinese tea researchers developed a special process to accelerate the ripening of Pu Erh tea. The result of this accelerated, only several days taking process is called “sheng” Pu Erh tea. However, the process is very complex and requires the constant intervention of a competent tea master. Both the natural and the accelerated ripening process causes changes in taste and other properties (color, consistency, fragrance).

You will find more general information about the history of Puerh tea in our dedicated article at Siam Tee Blog:

‘Mysterium Puerh Tea – A Key to Yunnan’s Oldest Tea Tradition

Health Aspects of Pu Erh Tea

Pu Erh tea allegedly has a number of desirable health properties. For example, these are anti-aging effects, promoting digestive activity, supporting weight loss and improving eyesight. According to numerous sources, pu erh tea also has detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and circulatory-strengthening effects. Wherever it comes from, it is also an effective means of overcoming the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption (‘hangover’). In particular, regular consumption supposedly has a balancing effect on high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. In addition, there are alleged preventive effects against cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Wild Purple Buds Sheng Puerh Tea

Wild Purple Buds Sheng Pu Erh Tea

Our Wild Purple Buds is an unripened (Sheng) Pu Erh tea. It is picked annually in spring in the forests of Pu Erh from old wild tea trees. Since ancient times, the local “Dai” mountain tribe has been regarding these as powerful protective spirits. The buds come in three different colors, purple, green and yellow. In the infusion, these lighten up and gain volume. At the same time, the infusion color tales on a pale, light yellow with a slight purple tinge. Floral, honey-like notes dominate both taste and fragrance. Wild Purple Buds Pu Erh Tea has all it takes to be inspirational about a Sheng. At the same time, it shows none of its possible downsides. If unripened pu erh teas have left you disappointed so far, give this one another try…

Preparation

First pour 200ml of boiling hot water over 5-7 grams of Wild Purple Buds Sheng Pu Erh tea. Then let infuse 1-2 minutes for a first infusion. After this, slightly reduce the infusion time for the second and third infusions (45 seconds and 1 minute). With a gradual increase of the brewing time by around ½ minute per steep, the tea produces a series of delicious follow-up infusions.

Find more Pu Erh teas at Siam Tea Shop at the following links:

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4 reviews for Wild Purple Buds Pu Erh Tea (Sheng)

  1. Fabrice (verified owner)

    Wonderful tea.
    The first infusion tastes the camphor with a slight bitterness refreshing power. This bitterness disappears after some infusions to let place to a softer and sweeter liquor. After 10 infusions this tea is always very pleasant to drink. Really not expensive for such quality of wild buds

  2. jacques.paquin (verified owner)

    Amazing tea and so deliciious. As said in the description: “This tea will rock your world! I have seen people get high from this tea” and it is totally true. A very nice surprise and I was not expecting for such a low price to taste such a great tea. The liquor is very sweet, smooth and have a taste of flowers. Very generous tea.

  3. Terri (verified owner)

    Rinsed, then first infusion, gong fu style, tasted slightly bitter. Second infusion, 11/2 minutes, very floral and sweet-ish. Third infusion, 2 minutes… WOW! This IS great tea! I can hardly wait to get ‘tea drunk’!

  4. Sheila Kahler

    This is an exceptional tea. The dry leaf is even pieces , only buds, some of course with a lovely purple color to it. The tea is clean in appearance. The nose in the dry leaf is cinnamon, with a tinge of papaya. This carries over in the liquor, which is light in color (golden)and reminiscent of a green tea. It is difficult to imagine that this is a pu erh! A great tea for health, a great way to introduce someone to pu erh (though perhaps a little deceiving since pu erhs are usually quite dark and woody in the nose generally and with a bit of leather depending on the processing.) I wonder about the caffeine content percentage of this tea….

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