Ancient Pu-erh Reserve Tea

Ancient Pu-erh Reserve Tea

Organic and Fair Trade™

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Vintage 2006
Like fine wine, Pu-erh tea improves with age, ripening over time to develop a sought-after complexity characterized by a deeper color, silky rich mouthfeel, and nuanced flavor akin to lightly sweet cocoa. Our Vintage Reserve is released after aging at high elevation in Pu-erh City, the historical birthplace of Pu-erh tea in Yunnan. This dark-fermented "shu" Pu-erh tea matures after 3–5 years of controlled aging. We continually taste our vintage lots and release Pu-erh Vintage Reserve just as it hits its peak. This tea is rich and ready to drink.

Tasting Notes: Pu-erh tea traditionally stored after harvest until peak richness and ripeness

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: 3 minutes (1st infusion), 4 minutes (2nd infusion), 5 minutes (3rd 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 Cameron Foltz on June 4, 2013
Tallahassee, AL United States
I drink several of Rishi's pu-erh's including this one. The suggested guidelines for a guiwan work fine; the "Basic Brewing Guidelines" (for all of the straight pu-erhs sold on this site) are, in my opinion, way off. If you use 1 tbs per 8 oz of pu-erh and steep it for 5 minutes, it's darker and stronger than motor oil. Even if using the more western-style method to prepare, I'd suggest multiple steeps starting with a steep time of a minute or so and increasing from there.

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By John on July 31, 2013
Cookeville, AL United States
The tea itself has a nice flavor profile and is very smooth.

The problem I have is the way it is packaged. Pu-erh is not suppose to be in air tight packaging. Pu-erh is the one type of tea that needs to "breath". The packaging needs to be changed to a paper bag.
Owner Response: You are correct, Pu-erh teas are meant to age via breathing. However, we have chosen to halt the aging process and allow our customers to age the tea at their leisure. Thank you for your review!

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