Aged & Rested Emperor's Royal Pleasure Pu-reh

Emperor’s Royal Pleasure Shou (fermented) Pu-erh

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Shou (fermented) Pu-erh

 

Loose-leaf Emperor’s Royal Pleasure Shou Pu-erh

 

Appearance: elegant, small, slender, slightly twisted leaf
Flavor: slightly fruity and earthy, hints of caramel
Aroma:
earthy but sweet
Liquor: coppery-amber colored liquor

 

Menghai County
Xishuangbanna Prefecture
Yunnan Province, China

2007 Spring Pluck
(11-years aged)

Note on Steeping Pu-erh:

 

Pu-erh is traditionally ‘rinsed’ before being steeped.
This is done with a quick application of hot water that is poured over the tea in the gaiwan or teapot and then immediately discarded. The rinse water is not drunk – its purpose is to help the leaves begin to open during steeping.
Use  additional appropriately-heated water for the 1st steeping and subsequent re-steepings.

 

Western-style steeping in a medium-large sized teapot 25-32 ounces:

 

Use 2.25 teaspoons (3 grams) of tea per 6 oz water
Use water that is 200°F-210°F
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Steep for 3 to 4 minutes
Re-steep 1 to 2 additional times

 

Asian-style steeping in a small teapot under 10 oz or in a gaiwan:

 

Use 4.5 to 5 teaspoons (6 grams) of tea per 6 oz water
Use water that is 200°F-210°F
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Steep for 25 seconds
Increase the steeping time an additional 5-10 seconds with each re-steep
Re-steep this leaf 4 to 6 times (or more!)

 

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Unlike most other tea, Pu-erh is made from mao cha and not directly from fresh leaf.

 

So what is mao cha?

 

Mao cha is a simple ‘rough’ manufacture of leaf materials that consists of:

 

plucking
withering (indoors and or outdoors)
firing
rolling & shaping

 

Mao cha is considered both finished tea and half-made tea. It is essentially young sheng Pu-erh and is drunk by villagers in Yunnan as well as being the leaf that all forms of Pu-erh are made from. Mao cha is simple to manufacture but is complex in its diversity.

 

Mao cha can be made from the fresh leaf of one tea garden or be a blend of leaf from an entire tea village or from several tea producing villages within one county.  Mao cha can be stored and aged after it is made, or it can be a new blend that is comprised of aged mao cha from different years. It is found in a variety of leaf sizes, too, depending on the location of the tea trees and on the type of local cultivars (size of the leaf)  the mao cha was made from. Mao cha is a great example of the effects of terroir.

 

As you can see, the possibilities and resulting flavors of mao cha are almost endless. All of these variables  result in a staggering choice of mao cha for Pu-erh producers to work with.

Our Emperor’s Pleasure Royal Shou Pu-erh is a high-grade tea with a fine, small leaf and even fermentation. In the cup this Pu-erh delivers a sweet & mellow, slightly earthy taste. The flavor is clean and precise and has some lovely nuances of caramel and molasses.

The aftertaste is slightly fruity with a typical and distinctive taste that identifies this tea as being from the Menghai tea harvesting area.  Just what the Emperor ordered.

Note:
Shou Pu-erh is also known as ‘cooked’ or ‘ripe’ Pu-erh, a reference to the wo dui fermentation process that the leaf undergoes in the tea factory

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