Pu Erh Tea
The highest grade tuocha (Te Ji) offered by the Xiaguan tea factory. The 100 gram weight makes it very accessible for those who want to try a superior sheng (raw) pu’er tea from 2006 at an affordable price. Learn More$14.95 As low as: $13.50
A top quality ripe pu erh tea based on the original recipe of the first tuocha exported to France in the 70s. The term 'XiaoFa' consists of 2 characters which are '销‘ and '法‘. Learn More$9.95 As low as: $8.95
A raw pu erh tea, perfectly machine pressed into a square tea brick. Perfect aging ability. Learn More$18.95
A 2007 raw pu erh tea from the Xiaguan tea factory. Available per bag (5 tuocha) for a wholesale price. This tuocha belongs to the horseback (ma bei tuo) series. Sourced direct from the Xiaguan Tea Factory. Learn More$74.95 As low as: $73.95
From the Xiaguan factory, this beautifully packed sheng pu erh tea made from the Yunnan large leaf cultivar. Tightly compressed in a small 125 gram cake. Learn More$12.95 As low as: $11.95
Originated from Dali (Yunnan), this incredibly tasty 2014 tuocha tea from the famous Xiaguan tea factory. Gold Ribbon (Jin Si) grade, Crane label series. Learn More$12.95 As low as: $12.50
A ripe pu erh tea cake produced based on the classic 8663 recipe from the brand Xiaguan. Now available in an extra premium 'Jin Bang' gold series label. Learn More$37.95 As low as: $34.95
This tuocha was compressed in 2014 using aged raw pu erh tea leaves from 2008. This results in a more uniform aging and a smooth and aromatic orange brew. Learn More$14.95 As low as: $12.50
What is pu erh tea?
Pu erh tea, also written a pu’er (普洱茶 in Chinese), is a special type of tea that originates from China’s Yunnan province. This tea category is named after the city of puer. It was around a 1000 years ago when the people and horses carried lots of tea bricks and cakes from pu’er to nearby regions including Bengal, Burma, Tibet and Central China. This trade link is also called the ‘Ancient Tea Route’ or ‘Tea Horse Road’.
Pu’er versus dark tea
Due to it’s popularity, pu’er has become the synonym for any tea that’s post fermented, though the term isn’t completely correct. The official term for post fermented teas is hei cha (黑茶) or ‘dark tea’. This term would be more fair as there are also dark teas produced in other provinces such has Sichuan.
Raw and ripe pu erh
Depending on the processing method, there are generally two types of pu erh: raw and ripe (or ‘sheng’ and ‘shou’ in Chinese). Raw pu erh tea is made the original way in which leaves are picked, dried, and roasted resulting in loose pu erh also known as ‘mao cha’. Afterwards, the lose leaves are compressed in to raw pu erh cakes. Because raw pu erh cakes can take years to ripe, a new type of processing method was invented. Instead of compressing mao cha directly into cakes, they’re first piled up for faster fermentation under controlled conditions. This additional step of processing results in what we call ‘ripe pu erh&rsquo, which is also known as 'cooked puerh'.
Buy pu erh tea online
Buying a good pu erh is challenging. Prices vary a lot simply because the quality can be very volatile. Luckily you can rely on Teasenz for curating the best pu erh teas from China, which can be shipped directly to your door. Most of our offerings are sourced direct from the producer, making sure it’s as authentic as it can be. Our collection of pu erh is diverse: you can get your tea in loose or compressed form. And for the latter, there are different shapes available such as cakes, bricks an tuocha. Moreover, we offer teas from small family farm producers as well as larger factories such as Xiaguan and Dayi.