Ancient Pu-erh Classic Tea

Ancient Pu-erh Classic Tea

Organic and Fair Trade™

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  • 115 servings
    $0.47 per cup
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  • 28 servings
    $0.53 per cup
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    $0.85 per cup
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  • Description
  • Origin
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This Pu-erh tea originates in remote mountain villages where China's Yunnan Province meets Southeast Asia. Here, the beyond-organic environment nurtures heirloom tea cultivars as it has for generations: without human or industrial inputs. Sun-dried green tea known as saiqing maocha is produced in this ancient tea appellation, and sought after for its strong energy and geographically unique flavor. Artisans transform saiqing maocha into Pu-erh using a traditional leaf piling fermentation process that creates the ripened and deeply rich profile of Pu-erh tea over the course of 85-120 days.

Tasting Notes: Rich, full-bodied and smooth with a deep earthy sweetness and notes of cocoa

Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ pu-erh tea.

Additional Info: Pu-erh tea has an ancient past originating in Yunnan, China millennia ago. This rare, rich tasting tea is treasured as a healthful, energizing tonic. Its deep, smooth flavor is created through an artisanal pile fermentation process that transforms sun-dried green tea into ripened, full-bodied Pu-erh tea.

This tea originates in Yunnan Province, China. Explore the geography of Yunnan below. Notice the diverse landscapes, ranging from the Himalayan foothills in the northwest to lush subtropical rainforests in the south.


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Guywan Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 212°F (boiling)
Leaf to Water Ratio: Fill 20% of a porcelain guywan with tea
Steep Times: 1st infusion 1 minute, 2nd infusion 20 seconds, 3rd infusion 50 seconds, subsequent infusions about 2 minutes

Guywan Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.

Standard Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 212°F (boiling)
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 5 minutes (1st infusion), 6 minutes (2nd infusion)

We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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By Miguel on November 14, 2012
Sedona, AZ United States
Greetings Rishi Tea and fellow Tea drinkers,

When a client recently bought me a small tin of the Ancient Tree "Classic" Shu Pu-erh from a local health food store in Cottonwood, AZ, I thought to myself, "Oh, this won't even compare to the top-rate cakes I am used to," given that I have several friends who either have tea importing companies or are tea aficioanados. I was so impressed by the "Qi" in this Pu-erh that I called Rishi immediately looking for the exact Batch number, believing it to be "enchanted." I am enthusiastically ordering more of this variety, it has had amazing effects and benefits to my spiritual practice. People think I have slipped them something, and I tell them, "Nope. It's just Pu-erh tea from Rishi."

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By Kate on March 21, 2013
Tunkhannock, PA United States
This tea is wonderful! I will buy this again for sure.

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By Richard Brown on February 6, 2014
New Braunfels TX, AL United States
Thx to Rishi for distribution with Central Market in Austin. Random chance picking this one but is now tied for my #1 tea. Smooth, rich, elegant, lifting. One critique: this is not 'old' mature pu'erh. The descrip is of a method only used since 1970's.

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