Mini Pu'erh Tea Bar

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Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Earth, Leather, Loam, Pine
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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  • “This was removed from the Here’s Hoping Teabox the last time. Each piece is pretty big and heavy. But whoa this is the flavor I love from pu-erh. The cup gets very dark almost instantly but as...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Backlog: As I mentioned in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/30/mini-pu-erh-tea-bar-50-gr-from-teasenz/ – I was happy with the aroma of the dry tea. It...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Today I recieved an awesome gift from my awesome sweetheart, the gift of paper! Barnes and Noble has this great massive book (and I say book lightly) of origami paper in a load of fun patterns....” Read full tasting note
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Made from 2012 “gift-tea grade” leaves selected by the Teasenz team and pressed into a tea bar. Easy to break and steep right away, or store and let it ripen for years. A perfect gift to surprise your favorite tea drinker.

Mini Pu’erh Tea Chocolate Bar
Pu’erh tea was never successfully introduced outside of China, because it’s so difficult to make. Not anymore. With this mini pu’erh that comes in a chocolate bar shape, you can easily break of a piece that is exactly the right amount for steeping at least 3 teapots!

What kind of tea sets is the best for brewing Pu’erh?
Because Pu’erh tea needs to be steeped at a high temperature, Yixing tea pots are the best for steeping this tea, as of they are excellent in preserving heat. If you plan to use Yixing teapots, we recommend that you buy one pot for ripe pu’erh and another one for raw pu’erh.

Is this a Ripe or Raw Pu’erh tea?
This tea bar is a ripe Pu’erh. Both types are made from the Yunnan big leaf varietal of camellia sinensis tea plant. The difference between the types is that ripe pu’erh is post-fermented before compression into a tea brick. In constrast, raw Pu’erh is slightly fermented (or not fermentated at all) before compression.

How to store Pu’erh Tea?
The main benefit of purchasing Pu’erh is that the quality never fades away as time goes by, in contrast, the taste will only become better and better the longer you store it! This is exactly the reason why Pu’erh comes in different compressed shapes for easy storage. Make sure store the tea in a well-ventilated place with an average humidity (for real pu’erh geeks, 70% would be a good target). Don’t keep the tea hermetically sealed, make sure it’s in breathable packaging that is suitable for aging.

The Ultimate Weight Loss Tea
While most people believe that green tea is the ultimate weight loss tea, in China people usually drink Pu’erh to achieve their diet targets. Pu’erh tea is the most effective when consumed after meals, because it speeds up the metabolism and help you digest.

Steeping Time 3 min
Steeping Temperature 100 °C – 212 °F
Grams per Cup 8-9 grams per block, good for several brews in large tea pot
Tea Year 2012
Tea Season Autumn
Tea Caffeine Content high
Tea Region Xishuanbanna
Tea Province Yunnan

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This was removed from the Here’s Hoping Teabox the last time. Each piece is pretty big and heavy. But whoa this is the flavor I love from pu-erh. The cup gets very dark almost instantly but as the piece of pu-erh unravels, I’m noticing some pretty long leaves – some are about an inch long. Usually a pu-erh has much smaller leaves, even with comparable flavor. It’s amazing that such a dark cup can come from such large leaves. The flavor is delicious dark chocolate and maybe hints of vanilla bean. It’s so delicious. Exactly what I want from pu-erh. It’s smooth, silky, with no hints of disagreeable pu-erh flavors (or being at all bitter or astringent). The second and third cups are delicious too – the same! It disappeared from my cup so fast each time! The little cube of tea filled up my brew basket pretty heavily about half way up, so that must be why this one is so dark, deep and delicious… so many leaves! The description says the leaves are based from Yunnan which I’m starting to realize might be my favorite pu-erh base. I have one piece left to savor but I wouldn’t mind stocking up on this one! All of the teas I’ve tried from Teasenz have been great.
Steep #1 // 2 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 min steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2-3 min steep
Steep #4 (next day) // 6 min after boiling // 6+ minute steep

Anyone know how much caffeine in general ripened pu-erh has compared to other things like black tea or coffee?

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Backlog:

As I mentioned in my full-length review of this tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/30/mini-pu-erh-tea-bar-50-gr-from-teasenz/ – I was happy with the aroma of the dry tea. It doesn’t have the heavily earthy scent that I’ve experienced with many pu-erh. Sometimes the earthiness gets downright dirty with it’s earthy scent, you know?

But not this tea. The aroma here is rather soft, really, almost to the point where there’s very little fragrance to speak of. Which in the case of pu-erh, is a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

The flavor is WONDERFUL! Deep, rich, mellow. Notes of cacao. No bitterness or astringency. Just smooth and pleasant. Nicely round.

The chocolate notes are quite intriguing to me because I don’t think I’ve had another pu-erh that was quite so distinctly cacao-ish before. It tastes of raw cacao … not quite raw … but not quite roasted either … perhaps something in between. It also has a lovely molasses-y flavor with hints of mushroom.

Overall, one of the nicest pu-erh teas I’ve had the opportunity to try.

TeaBrat

sounds yummy

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Today I recieved an awesome gift from my awesome sweetheart, the gift of paper! Barnes and Noble has this great massive book (and I say book lightly) of origami paper in a load of fun patterns. This Origami Paper Mega Pack (as they are calling it) has more than 895 sheets of paper! Why they cannot just tell me the exact amount of paper is beyond me, but it doesn’t matter since I prefer smaller paper and will most likely be quartering and cutting up all those sheets. I think I will need another box for all the paper I will get out of it since my other three are quite full.

For today’s Teasenz tea, we are taking a break from springy greens and going with Mini Pu’erh Tea Bar, a nice candybar shaped block of ripe, 2012, pu erh. This is actually my first block of pu erh, and I had a blast breaking a nice chunk off for brewing. The aroma a great blend of sweetness, wet leather, peat, forest floor, and a touch of that slightly metallic market place aroma that I have come to love in ripe pu erh. This tea has a strong and quite bold presence, it does not demure! A very nice contrast to the green teas from earlier…almost a shock to the senses really, delicate, delicate, delicate…whoa, hello there!

Their website suggests brewing the tea in a yixing teapot, meaning this was the perfect oportunity to try out my new seasoned for ripe pu erh teapot! This lovely pot was a gift from my friend and fellow tea enthusiast. After the tea was rinsed and steeped, the aroma of the wet leaves is rich and earthy with strong notes of wet leather, loam, and wet pinewood. It has a wonderful summer forest floor after a rainstorm feel to it that makes a nature lover like me very happy. The liquid has a surprisingly smoky note, not a strong one, but the whisper of a distant forest fire. There are also notes of loam and pine wood.

The teapot is small by teapot standards, but I have gotten used to my tiny gaiwan and tiny servings, it just makes having a ton of steepings a lot easier, so I was only able to get three steeps before I started sloshing around like a very full Kool-aid man. The first impressions of the first steep, dense. Not in a ‘this is a tea that is not passing its physics class’ but more like ‘this forest is very dense and heavy’ kinda way. It fills up the mouth with the taste of loam, sweet wet pine wood, and a bit of the acrid peat. There is a tiny finish of smoke that ties the sipping off nicely, completing the forest aesthetic.

Steep number two and three had an identical aroma and taste. The aroma is very rich and earthy, it is loamy and dark with notes of wet leather and wet wood. The taste is very smooth, absolutely no bitterness whatsoever. There are strong notes of loam, pine wood, and wet leather with a stronger smokier finish. Unlike the first steep there is no sweetness in these two steeps, just smooth earthy tastes. Overall, I would say this is quite good! I am tempted to age my bar and come back for a visit once a year, let’s see how much it changes. This would be a great pu erh for someone who is wanting to give this type of tea a try since it lacks any of the unpleasant qualities that some ripe pu erhs can have.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/05/teasenz-mini-puerh-tea-bar-tea-review.html

Flavors: Earth, Leather, Loam, Pine

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