Pu-erhs are the only truly ferment teas and they are made in the remote Yunnan Province (where the first tea plants were found).
For the traditional method (aka green, raw, and sheng), the tea leaves are made and then stored. Then naturally occurring yeast react with the dry tea leaves, creating new and changing aromas and flavors. Sort of like sourdough bread, however it takes years and decades.
For this Pu-erh, the aging and fermentation process has sped up. The Chinese have used the "wo dui" (the moist track). They pile the oxidized leaves into a heap in moist rooms, where the fermentation process is accelerated.
This tea can brewed several times, for each additional brew, please steep tea an extra 15-30 seconds.
This is a tea that really settles the stomach after a rich (i. e. fatty) meal. I eat fried chicken frequently and I never have any problems related to consuming oily dishes. It is a very good quality tea. (Posted on 2/11/15)
I have almost a dozen teas from Harney & Sons, but this is my all time favorite. It brews a really rich & dark color. The flavor is strong, yet mild. As in, it's not overpowering, but you definitely taste it. It doesn't taste watered down like some others. I enjoy it best with coconut milk & honey. It doesn't really have a scent to me. Even my husband, a non tea drinker, loves it. (Posted on 11/18/14)
Maybe I just don't have the nose for this particular brew. The smell to me is very off-putting. It smells very much like not so fresh fish. Thank goodness for samplers because I couldn't give this one another try. Once you get past the smell, the taste isn't great either. I know there are 4 main types of pu-erh teas on the market and not sure what this is considered and if there is one out there that doesn't have the unpleasant smell. (Posted on 6/9/14)
No 400 year old trees gave their leaves to this Pu-erh. I guess you might say that it is worth the money, but the real question is, does the world really need a $22/lb Pu-erh that tastes just like a $22 Pu-erh? I know I don't.
My advice, if you want a Pu-erh spend more and get a better tea. (Posted on 11/7/13)
I love Harney, so as soon as I heard about Pu-erh, immediately I headed to this site. This is my every day afternoon tea. It's earthy and bold, depending on how long you brew it. I will definitely be back for more! (Posted on 3/1/13)
I saw a video on Pu-erh tea on the Classical Chinese Medicine web-site. Of course, I went straight to Harney! I was happy to find it here. As I have seen in videos, I pour off the first brew. This leaves a smoother tea for drinking, with a lighter aroma. I couldn't be more pleased. It is an almost daily choice for me. I brew it as a (Posted on )
I've tried Pu-erh teas before from other vendors, but this one beats them all: powerful and earthy, but with no unpleasant aftertaste at all. Best of all, one level teaspoon of this Pu-erh yields at least three excellent infusions. The first and second look like strong black coffee in the cup, and the third looks like a hearty Assam. (Posted on )