Emperor's Puerh (Loose Leaf)

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  • “Method: Gongfucha with 4 grams of tea to 100 ml of water with a quick rinse. Upon opening the bag there is the definite scent of a Shou Puerh, though it smells like a young Shou. The leaves are...” Read full tasting note
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Numi’s Emperor’s Puerh is picked from wild-harvested, organic tea trees that are 500 years old, deeply rooted in China’s majestic Yunnan Mountains. Hand-picked broad leaves are fermented into black tea then ripened, resulting in an earthy aroma and dark sienna hue. Puerh boasts a bold body, smooth and slightly sweet with hints of malt. This rich, energizing tea is deeply satisfying as a coffee alternative. Numi is proud to reveal the centuries old tradition of Puerh. Puerh is an ancient healing tea known for its medicinal properties and rich taste. Numi’s Organic Puerh comes from 500-year-old, wild, organic tea trees grown in China’s pristine Yunnan Mountains. The maturity of these trees yields a superior tasting tea compared to younger pruned bushes. Unlike traditional teas that are oxidized over an 8 hour period, Puerh undergoes a unique 60-day fermentation process resulting in a bold, earthy flavor with hints of malt and more antioxidants than green tea. Puerh can be compressed into bricks and aged, like fine wine, for months, years or even decades. This increases its value, health benefits and premium taste. Numi’s organic Puerh Tea is made from “broad leaf” tea from the pristine Yunnan mountains of Southwestern China. Puerh’s ancient history began over 2,000 years ago when tea was transported by horse caravans along 5 main routes known as the “Tea Horse Roads”. The most traveled road began in the village of Pu Erh. Merchants compressed the tea to maximize their load when traveling across China & found the tea tasted better at journey’s end and yielded additional health benefits. It is said that the Last Emperor’s mother cured her gout by drinking Puerh. Like fine wine that undergoes a fermentation process, Puerh’s processing acts on nutrients already existing in tea. Puerh tea is purported in Chinese culture to aid digestion & rejuvenate life energy.

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Method: Gongfucha with 4 grams of tea to 100 ml of water with a quick rinse.

Upon opening the bag there is the definite scent of a Shou Puerh, though it smells like a young Shou. The leaves are all fairly uniform, in both color and size.

1st Steep (20 secs): The Color is a deep brown with a Scent like several Shou Puerhs I’ve had before, lightly earthy. The Taste is interesting. There is definitely a malty taste, which blends with, but seems to slightly overpower the more earthy flavors of Puerh. The Aftertaste is a bit malty, but also sweetly earthy, with a thick consistency.

2nd Steep (20 secs): The Color is the same as the last steeping, and the scent has not changed. The Taste is thick, and more malty than it is earthy. I’m beginning to wonder if I should lighten the tea to water ratio. It tastes nice, but the flavors are a bit muddled. The Aftertaste is much the same, lingering, and thick on the tongue.

3rd Steep (25 secs): The Color has lightened up ever so slightly (I can see the bottom of the cup :) ) and the Scent has become heavier, with that deep earthiness that I love in Puerh. The malt has mellowed out, allowing the Taste to become what I expected of a Shou Puerh. The Aftertaste has begun to thin out (in a good way); I can now taste the earthiness lingering on the tongue.

4th Steep (30 secs): The Color has begun to take on a more reddish appearance, with the Scent still retaining that earthy goodness. Most of the malt has dropped out of the Taste, leaving only the taste of earth after a nice rain (that’s the only way I know how to describe it :) ). The Aftertaste is the same as the taste, but lingers for quite a while.

5th Steep (35 secs): The Color of the tea is still a nice, deep red color and the Scent still has that nice earthiness. The Taste is very similar to the last, with that same earthy depth. The Aftertaste has sweetened a bit, but is still great.

Summary: This is a very nice tea. I was a bit put off by the maltiness in earlier infusions, but after that faded away I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this tea for someone who is looking for a daily Puerh to drink (which is exactly what i bought it for ;) ), it isn’t as magnificent as some other Puerhs on the market, but it does hold its own in daily use. I bought this tea on Amazon for $44 USD for a pound (.45 Kilos) of it. For an Organic and Fair Labour tea, it is money well spent, and will last me for a long time.

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