K S said

Dark Tea?

I have a sample of ‘dark tea’ it appears to have bamboo leaf as well. Is this puerh? Any help before I steep is appreciated.

It is at work but I think it is this one: http://esgreen.com/products-page/dark-tea/2000-liu-an-dark-tea-1lbbamboo-basket/

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It says that this tea has been stored since 2000, so as pu’erh is an aged tea, I’d venture a guess that this is a pu’erh.

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Pu-erh is also called “Dark Tea” … just like black tea is called “Red Tea”

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DC said

Pu-er is a type of dark tea.

Dark tea are post-fermented teas which undergo a process called ‘wo dui’ or heaping for fermentation- as opposed to oxidation.

Different types of dark teas include Liu Bao Dark tea from Guangxi, Fuzhuan from Hunan, Sichuan dark tea, Hubei dark tea and Pu-er.

Pu-er gets its name from the province in Yunnan and since 2006, has been officially defined as tea made from dayezhong cultivar, according to ‘shu’ and ‘sheng’ processes and grown in 11 counties within Yunnan only.

In short, pu-er is a sub-set of dark tea which is one of the 6 main categories of tea.

Kiaharii said

Had no idea, thanks for the info!

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Jillian said

Dark Tea…is that like the Dark Knight of tea? ;D

K S said

Here’s hoping! :)

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K S said

Maybe I should have worded this differently. Do I steep the bamboo with the tea or remove it? If I use it – how much at a time? I wish I had a picture. This is one of the oddest looking samples I’ve had because of the addition of the bamboo.

Kiaharii said

There are photos on the site you linked, looks like they kept the bamboo in.

K S said

Ah, you are correct. If I had bothered to read a little closer, it even mentions the bamboo will mellow the dark tea taste. Also found some pictures on facebook of this tea being prepared. I am feeling more confident in trying this on now.

One interesting thing I noticed while searching is the vastly different price tag on this depending on who is selling it – from $19 to $82! My momma told me, you better shop around.

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Some explanation on dark tea from Walker Tea Review: http://walkerteareview.com/http:/walkerteareview.com/dialog-understanding-hei-cha-or-dark-tea

10 year old Liu An could be a little expensive.

K S said

An excellent read – thanks!

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