This small, dense raw brick is surprisingly sweet for such a young puerh (pronounced POO-ar). It has a smooth, round texture, underpinned by a lovely structure of light astringency reminiscent of dry, floral hops. In the aroma, you can find everything from melon to wet wood, flint to leathery musk. There’s also the slightest touch of peaty smoke, and a wonderful cooling quality that lingers on the palate long after drinking. This little tea contains multitudes.
2013 Raw (Sheng) Chinese Puerh Tea.
8 oz Cup
- Break off approximately one heaping teaspoon of puerh into infuser.
- Heat water to 190° F (before boiling).
- Pour 8 oz. of hot water over tea leaves.
- Steep for 3-10 minutes (depending on taste preference).
- Remove infuser and enjoy tea. Can be steeped three or more times.
Puerh teas can be brewed multiple times. Re-steep the same leaves, gradually increasing the infusion time until the leaves no longer yield a full flavor.
As above, you will need to break off as many teaspoons of dry leaf into your infuser as cups you wish to drink. Next, place the infuser in your pot and fill the pot with the appropriate amount of 190° F water and let it sit for 3 to 10 minutes, depending on how dark & strong you want your brew. If cooler water is used or the steeping time is kept to 3 minutes, the same leaves can be infused 3 times. Remove the infuser before drinking and be sure to watch how strong the brew is going!
Puerh teas typically have as much, if not more caffeine than black teas.
Brewing Iced Tea
Though we don't necessarily recommend drinking Yellow Bird iced, our opinion is that a cooled concentrate works best, as regular-strength brew tends to become watery as the ice melts. So, use the above leaf quantities, but half the water, allow it to cool, then pour it over ice and enjoy! The brew will dilute down to proper strength as the ice melts.