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Not popular in Vietnam, but many of you are starting to be interested in Pu Er tea, in this article I will give you some basic information that is easiest to understand about this tea.
What is pu-erh tea?
Many of you define Pu-erh tea based on your first experience: the tea is molded into a cake, the tea is dark red and has a musty smell ^__^, these feelings are not completely accurate, but they will help you. have a rudimentary distinction from other teas. Scientifically, Pu-erh tea is tea that undergoes post-processing fermentation, usually during storage, compared to conventional teas that only undergo oxidation during production. The post-processing fermentation the taste of the tea, the acrid taste is fighting sweeter, the sharp taste is softening. Tea is transformed over time of storage, from green, yellow to black.Just as the zisha pot is often associated with the land of Yixing, this tea is also closely associated with the tea qualities of the Pu Er region, an area in southern China where there are ancient tea varieties,
Explain the interest in pu-erh tea
In the world and even in Vietnam, this tea is a topic of much interest in recent times. I give some explanation, understanding this also helps you have the most authentic view of Pu Er tea.
- Strange : Separation from other teas because of the slow fermentation during storage, plus the thousands of years of history of this tea region create inevitably curiosity.
- Good quality : The land of Pu-erh has provided a good tea, a source of excellent quality ingredients that help create teas with rich, attractive aftertaste.
- The pleasure of participating in the process of improving the quality of tea: buying, ingenuity in storage will help tea have a taste that changes with age and time.
- The trend broke out in 2006-2007 in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, creating a huge wave of interest in the Pu’er region, driving up tea prices and spreading anecdotes, speculative traders. in this opportunity. Although this wave has passed, it also leaves many interesting stories about this tea with tea drinkers.
Live Pu’er and Ripe Pu’er
The tea production process includes: picking – frying – drying in the sun – baking – storage. Raw Pu-erh : In the tea production process, there is no drying process but only drying by drying in the sun. The enzymes in tea are not completely destroyed but will participate in the fermentation process when stored. The process of storing Pu-erh tea can last up to 100 years. This is the traditional way of making for thousands of years in Pu Er, it is called live Pu Er tea. Ripe Pu’er has a much shorter history, from 1974, when people wanted to shorten many years of storage to a few months by intervening with modern scientific techniques, forced fermentation in the factory. This tea is called ripe Pu-erh.Both raw and cooked pu-erh have their own unique flavor. New drinkers will love ripe pu-erh, but longer tea drinkers will enjoy storing and discovering the taste of raw pu-erh that changes over time. Both types will be packaged, many of you assume this tea is a cake tea, but in fact its essence is loose tea, after being sold, it is closed for convenient storage and transportation. Appearance does not determine the quality of the tea.
Factors affecting quality
The exceptional quality of Pu-erh tea is determined by the following factors:
- Altitude : all teas are delicious when grown at high altitude, receiving more light during the day and being very cold at night, helping the tea plant produce more substances and preserve it better.
- Latitude : Pu’er is located in a suitable latitude region, along with climates like Southeast Asia, with a temperature difference but not too cold at night.
- Age of tea trees : Pu Er is an ancient tea area of the world, tea trees can be classified into wild tea trees, over 300 years old, from 100-300 years old, and even newly cultivated tea trees. The longer the better the quality.
- Leaf picking season : the beginning of the season always gives the best quality
- Soil : Pu’er is a red soil rich in iron oxide, in addition, the tea tree here grows with other shrubs, the fallen leaves provide minerals for the tea.
- Weather : The weather in Pu’er is very suitable for storing Pu-erh tea, like wine, years with favorable weather will produce better quality tea.
- Factory or farmer : tea that grows naturally and is exploited by indigenous people for better quality than tea from large factories, (because the quality characteristics mentioned above cannot be guaranteed by large factories)
Preservation of tea
Storing or storing tea does not change the quality of the tea (aftertaste), cannot turn a bad tea into a good one, but this process does change the taste of the tea, which is unique to each age. Initially, the tea is yellow-brown, turning amber, then black-brown, and finally dark. 1-3 year old tea will have a taste similar to green tea, more herbaceous, 3-5 year old tea has a fruity smell and continues to change to a woody smell. Many of you think that the musty or earthy smell indicates that the tea is aged, but in fact, it is because the tea is stored incorrectly. Here’s how you should store your tea:
- If using immediately: you disassemble the tea into small pieces, put in an open paper bag.
- Leave for a while and then drink: also disassemble the tea but put it in a cardboard box or unglazed earthen jar.
- Long-term storage: Store in an airtight container or completely vacuum.
If the owl tea has a musty or strange smell, you can let it cool for a few days and the smell will disappear by itself. The joy of drinking Pu-erh tea is discovering how the taste changes with the passage of time, just as you are involved in the making of its flavor.
Where to buy delicious Pu Er Tea?
You have 3 ways to buy Vietnamese Pu-erh tea, all delivered to your door
- Buy online : pu-erh tea
- Order by phone : hotline 0903-037-017
- Go directly to Tra Viet shop
Hanoi: 34 Giang Van Minh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh: 278C Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ward 8, District 3, City. Ho Chi Minh City, Opening hours: 8:00 am – 8:30 pm, Phone: 028. 2218 1844
You can order it right on the Vietnamese tea website with this Pu- erh tea link