Silken Pu'erh

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Coffee, Bitter, Cocoa, Malt, Smoke, Nutty, Wet Earth
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Kosher, Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Sébastien Tremblay
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 500 oz / 14786 ml

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  • “This tea is quite string tasting, and based on my reaction, the caffeine level seems high. Does anyone know if this David’s pu erh tea is fermented (Shu) or unfermented (Sheng)? Thanks!” Read full tasting note
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  • “As an introduction into pu’er, it was…certainly something. The tea, done gong fu style for tasting purposes, turned our smoother than when I attempted it Western. Although it was relatively smooth...” Read full tasting note
    40
  • “I currently use this as one of my green tea – pu’erh blends. It’s pretty good, somewhat strong and steeps well. I give it a 85 for now until I really start digging into it. I usually steep twice,...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This is a queued tasting note. #ProjectTeaWall So, I was REALLY excited about this tea because it’s been a while since DAVIDsTEA has carried a straight Pu’erh and I think it’s something that’s...” Read full tasting note

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Also known as vintage tea, pu’erh has long been the tea of choice by many Emperors for longevity. Not to mention the Chinese have been drinking it for centuries to aid digestion – so you know it has to be good. Like any fine wine, this hearty pu’erh from China’s Yunnan province only gets better with age. Ours was cooked, heated and fully dried to speed up the aging process, so you don’t have to wait to try this velvety brew at its best. And with notes of rich cocoa and dried fruit, it’s a bold and pleasantly earthy tea goes down like liquid silk.

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This tea is quite string tasting, and based on my reaction, the caffeine level seems high. Does anyone know if this David’s pu erh tea is fermented (Shu) or unfermented (Sheng)?

Thanks!

Flavors: Coffee

Preparation
8 min or more 2 g 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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As an introduction into pu’er, it was…certainly something. The tea, done gong fu style for tasting purposes, turned our smoother than when I attempted it Western. Although it was relatively smooth and the complexity was beyond what I’m used to in, let’s say run of the mill black teas, it has a distinctly ‘fishy’ smell.

This, I am told, is exhibited by low-quality, very young or incorrectly fermented pu’ers. They (I’m sure there are exceptions) are supposed to smell more earthy with darker fragrances (malt, etc.)

Although it worked well for multiple infusions (30 seconds – 1 minute), I still couldn’t get over the fragrance. If you can’t find any pu’er locally, this might be your best bet at trying a fermented aged tea (other than oolong).

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I currently use this as one of my green tea – pu’erh blends. It’s pretty good, somewhat strong and steeps well. I give it a 85 for now until I really start digging into it. I usually steep twice, first steep for 30 seconds and second for 10 minutes.

Flavors: Nutty, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp

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So, I was REALLY excited about this tea because it’s been a while since DAVIDsTEA has carried a straight Pu’erh and I think it’s something that’s sorely missing on the tea wall. I actually get so many people who ask about the Pu’erh category on the wall and unlike every other tea type I didn’t (until now) have something I could pull down for them to smell in reference to the straight tea I was talking about. Now we just need a Sheng tea again so I can reference both Sheng and Shou when I talk to customers…

Anyway; I was really excited. Then I smelled the dry leaf though, and I got much more skeptical because it smelled really fishy and gross. I’ve been spoiled by higher quality Pu’erh and this definitely seems like a bit of a step down from what I’ve been drinking lately. I’m gonna give it as fair a chance as I can, though!

5 Sec. Wash/rest

5 Sec.
- Thick mouthfeel; top note is earthy
- Cuts in quickly with a fishy foulness worthy of Captain Sham
Anyone else binging A Series of Unfortunate Events or is that just me?

5 Sec.
- Very dark liquor
- Still both earthy and fishy
- Some very light top note sweetness; I really have to focus in on it though

7 Sec.
- Maybe a little more leveled out?
- Picking up a barley-like note now
- Earthy body, gross finish…
- I’m gonna try two more infusions before I call it quits on this one unless it improves…

10 Sec.
- Significantly less oily/fishy!
- Does have a “muddy” earthiness
- Some barley/grainy qualities
- Finish is SO long lingering

12 Sec.
- Feels a little rounded overall
- Barley/molasses/mud/earth/oil
- Huge improvement, but…
- I don’t think I can drink more of it either; it’s not improving fast enough

I tried; really I did.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Michelle

Hahahaha I’m not even going to bother, honestly.

VariaTEA

I loled at Captain Sham.

debhalifax123

Do you know if David’s pu-erh is fermented (Shou) or not fermented (sheng?)

Roswell Strange

It’s a Shou pu’erh.

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