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    Guangxi Liu Bao Tea - Liu Bao Cha Dark Tea - Hei Cha (500g / 17.5oz) Guangxi Liu Bao Tea - Liu Bao Cha Dark Tea - Hei Cha (500g / 17.5oz)

    Guangxi Liu Bao Tea - Liu Bao Cha Dark Tea - Hei Cha (500g / 17.5oz)

    An aged dark tea that steeps a red brown liquor, resulting in a slightly sweet, nutty and herbal flavour. This hei cha brews an incredible infusion. It's smooth, very smooth. 500 gram (17.5 oz) of tea, packed in kraft paper inside a bamboo basket. Learn More

  2. 2015 Ripe Pu Erh Tea Cake - Classic 8663 Recipe 2015 Ripe Pu Erh Tea Cake - Classic 8663 Recipe

    2015 Ripe Pu Erh Tea Cake - Classic 8663 Recipe

    A ripe pu erh tea cake produced based on the classic 8663 recipe. Learn More
    $39.95
  3. 2015 Menghai Dayi Tuocha Tea - Shou Pu Erh Tea (100 gram / 3.5 oz ) 2015 Menghai Dayi Tuocha Tea - Shou Pu Erh Tea (100 gram / 3.5 oz )

    2015 Menghai Dayi Tuocha Tea - Shou Pu Erh Tea (100 gram / 3.5 oz )

    All the way from Yunnan, the birthplace of tea, this wonderful ripe (shou) pu erh tea from the Menghai tea factory. Learn More

  4. 2014 Sheng Xiaguan Tuocha - Crane Label, Jin Si 'Gold Ribbon' Grade (100 gram / 3.5 oz) 2014 Sheng Xiaguan Tuocha - Crane Label, Jin Si 'Gold Ribbon' Grade (100 gram / 3.5 oz)

    2014 Sheng Xiaguan Tuocha - Crane Label, Jin Si 'Gold Ribbon' Grade (100 gram / 3.5 oz)

    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

  5. 2007 Nan Qiao Raw Pu Erh Tea - 753 Recipe Sheng Pu erh Tea Cake (357g / 12.6oz) 2007 Nan Qiao Raw Pu Erh Tea - 753 Recipe Sheng Pu erh Tea Cake (357g / 12.6oz)

    2007 Nan Qiao Raw Pu Erh Tea - 753 Recipe Sheng Pu erh Tea Cake (357g / 12.6oz)

    An award-winning sheng pu erh tea cake from the Nan Qiao tea factory. This cake consists of large fatty leaves and buds that results a mouth-watering golden yellow brew. There's a clear and lingering aroma of orchid. Stored and ripened in Kunming, Yunnan. Learn More
  6. 2007 Ba Jiao Ting Peacock Label Pu Erh Tea - Li Ming Factory Sheng Puer Tea (357g) 2007 Ba Jiao Ting Peacock Label Pu Erh Tea - Li Ming Factory Sheng Puer Tea (357g)

    2007 Ba Jiao Ting Peacock Label Pu Erh Tea - Li Ming Factory Sheng Puer Tea (357g)

    An amazingly affordable 2007 sheng pu erh tea from the Li Ming tea factory. A tightly stone-pressed cake made from natural Menghai leaves. It brews a red-yellow cup of tea with a full texture and a long-lasting after taste. Learn More

  7. 2006 Sheng Yunnan Tuocha Tea, Xiaguan Tea Factory – Crane Label, Te Ji (100 gram / 3.5 oz) 2006 Sheng Yunnan Tuocha Tea, Xiaguan Tea Factory – Crane Label, Te Ji (100 gram / 3.5 oz)

    2006 Sheng Yunnan Tuocha Tea, Xiaguan Tea Factory – Crane Label, Te Ji (100 gram / 3.5 oz)

    Lighter weight than the large pu erh cake, this 100 g size is ideal for those who would like to try a superior sheng (raw) pu’er tea at an affordable price. Learn More

  8. Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea Mix Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea Mix

    Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea Mix

    If you are new to pu erh tea and have yet to discover the different types of aromas it offers, then this mini tuocha tea mix is the right place to start. Reap the weight loss benefits of this pu erh while enjoying the diverse mix of flavors that ensure you will never get bored. Learn More
    $7.95
  9. 2009 Ripe Emperor's Pu Erh Tea Cake - Shou Gong Ting Pu Erh (250g/8.8oz) 2009 Ripe Emperor's Pu Erh Tea Cake - Shou Gong Ting Pu Erh (250g/8.8oz)

    2009 Ripe Emperor's Pu Erh Tea Cake - Shou Gong Ting Pu Erh (250g/8.8oz)

    A kun ming storage pu erh cake consisting of 2009 ripe emperor (gong ting) grade tea leaves. Explore the depth of this tea with changing flavours one steep after another. Learn More
  10. 2015 Ripe Chinese Brick Tea - Lao Ban Zhang Shou Pu Erh Tea Block (200g / 7oz) 2015 Ripe Chinese Brick Tea - Lao Ban Zhang Shou Pu Erh Tea Block (200g / 7oz)

    2015 Ripe Chinese Brick Tea - Lao Ban Zhang Shou Pu Erh Tea Block (200g / 7oz)

    A young but amazing tea brick consisting of tea leaves harvested in Lao Ban Zhang and compressed by a small boutique factory in Kunming. Learn More

  11. Wild Orange Pu'er Tea - 2009 Ripe Tangerine Puerh Cha

    Wild Orange Pu'er Tea - 2009 Ripe Tangerine Puerh Cha

    Smooth and fruity with an aroma of fresh oranges. A beautiful tea with ripe leaves aged in a tangerine. If you're an adventurous tea drinker, this is the one for you. Learn More
    $9.95
  12. Chocolate Pu Erh Tea Bar (70 gram) -  2008 Ripe Yunnan Puer Cha

    Chocolate Pu Erh Tea Bar (70 gram) - 2008 Ripe Yunnan Puer Cha

    Premium 2008 Yunnan pu erh tea, classically compressed into a delightful, chocolate bar-shaped brick of tea. Many years of ripening bring about this luxuriant, full-bodied flavor with hints of chocolate and malt. A perfect slimming digestive tea for after lunch or dinner. Learn More

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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.