By Claire Hou
Pu Erh tea is amongst the most popular varieties of tea produced by Xiaohusai, and subsequently consumed all over China. What makes it stand out, and why are people so crazy about it?
How is it made?
First we have to understand, what is Pu Erh tea? It is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, and exclusive to Yunnan. It is unique as it goes through an oxidation process after it is dried. The tea leaves are slightly fermented during drying, and the moisture causes the growth of microbacteria, which oxidize the leaves. The longer the oxidation period, the higher the quality of Pu Erh tea.
Buying Pu Erh
Like wine, there are tea enthusiasts all over the world looking to add rare teas to their collection. Some vintage compressed teas that are over 100 years-old are widely sought after. No worries, though, as there is definitely affordable Pu Erh out there for casual drinkers. Only the varieties that have been oxidized for over 50 years are considered rare and expensive.
Check out our article from last week for some tips on how to correctly brew all kinds of tea: