HOME      KATE'S GLOBAL KITCHEN       SEARCH      COOKBOOK PROFILES    I LOVE DESSERTS      GLOBAL DESTINATIONS     SHOPPING     CONTACT


the appetizer:

The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to Enjoying the World's Best Teas by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss, includes excerpts like Pu-erh Tea; Gallery of Pu-erh Teas; and The Perfect Cup: Specifics for Steeping Pu-erh Tea.

Cookbook

 

Gallery of Pu-erh Teas

by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss

Pu-erh Tea

 

Sheng Pu-erh
(raw, uncooked, or green Pu-erh)

  • Region: Yunnan Province, China
  • Style: Open leaf and buds, compressed into a round cake
  • Manufacture: Not oxidized prior to natural postproduction fermentation
  • Flavor: Smooth, sweet, and lingering. deep woodsy flavor (umami)
  • Aroma: Lightly herbaceous, with the clean fragrance of vigorous plant material plucked in a healthy forest, and well-made mao cha (primary tea unique to Pu-erh)
  • Liquor: Clear burnt umber, tinged with a golden amber hue
  • Steeping: Numerous short infusions at 205 degrees to 210 degrees F. Drink plain.

Sheng Pu-erh has incredible depth of character, with a flavor that has been likened to the essence of the forest floor. It is said that Pu-erh broth (the term Pu-erh connoisseurs use for the tea liquor) tastes deliciously "of the good, clean earth." Developed from years of experimentation going back to the days of the Tea Horse Road, Pu-erh is one of the unique examples of terroir that exist to help us celebrate centuries-old tradition. Sheng Pu-erh is rarely sold as loose-leaf tea, and the cakes are wrapped individually and marked with information detailing the village or tea factory that manufactured it.

 

Shou Pu-Erh
(ripe, cooked, or black Pu-erh)

  • Region: Yunnan Province, China
  • Style: Open leaf and buds, plus some broken leaf
  • Manufacture: Oxidized prior to artificial fermentation
  • Flavor: Smooth, deep, more pronounced "fermented" taste
  • Aroma: Bold, earthy, and reminiscent of damp leaves, mushrooms, or a forest floor after a rain shower
  • Liquor: Deep burnt-umber, tinged with a red-orange hue
  • Steeping: Numerous short infusions at 205 degrees to 210 degrees F. Drink plain.

Shou Pu-erh is virtually ready to drink as soon as it is purchased and does not offer the challenges of aging that sheng Pu-erh does. It is less of an acquired taste and more of an everyman's Pu-erh in China. Shou Pu-erh has a lingering, funky, dank flavor and aroma reminiscent of tree bark and rich, moist soil. Shou Pu-erh is more accommodating in taste than its sheng counterpart when both are drunk young.

Shou Pu-erh is a modern variation of traditional sheng Pu-erh; the base leaf in cooked Pu-erh is oxidized and undergoes artificial, accelerated fermentation before being compressed. Shou Pu-erh is made into tea cakes and is also commonly found in loose-leaf form. It is more reasonably priced than sheng Pu-erh.

 
  • from:
    The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook:
    A Guide to Enjoying the World's Best Teas
  • by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss
  • Ten Speed Press 2010
  • $16.99 paper, 208 pages
  • ISBN-10: 158008804X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58008-804-6
  • Reprinted by permission.

Buy The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook

 

The Tea Enthusiast's Handbook

 
 
Kitchen Gypsy

This page created September 2010


The Global Gourmet
The Global Gourmet®
Main Page

 

Chinese New Year
Celebrate Chinese &
Lunar New Year

   Clip to Evernote

Bookmark and Share

 

Twitter: @KateHeyhoe

 
Search this site:

Advanced Search
Recent Searches


Departments

Kate's Global Kitchen
Kate's Books
Cookbook Profiles
Global Destinations
Holiday & Party Recipes
I Love Desserts
On Wine
Shopping

Caffeine and You Caffeine and You
cooking kids Cooking with Kids
new green basics New Green Basics

Archives
Conversions, Charts
   & Substitutions
Search

About the
Global Gourmet®
   Contact Info
   Advertising
   Feedback
   Privacy Statement

Recent Cookbooks

Cooking Italian
175 Home Recipes
4-Hour Chef
Bakery Cookbook
Barefoot Contessa
Bouchon Bakery
Burma: Rivers of Flavor
Cake Mix Doctor
Comfort Food
Craft of Coffee
Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Daily Cookie
Fifty Shades Chicken
French Slow Cooker
Frontera - Rick Bayless
Gluten-Free Quick & Easy
Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Kitchen Science
Lidia's Favorite Recipes
Make-Ahead and Freeze
Modern Milkshakes
Modernist Cuisine
Mystic Cookbook
Paleo Slow Cooking
Picky Palate
Pop Bakery
Practical Paleo
Quick Family Cookbook
Saltie
Sensational Cookies
Smitten Kitchen
Southern Living Recipes
Sweet Life in Paris
Trader Joe's Vegetarian
True Food
Whole Larder

More Cookbooks

 

Kitchen & Home
Markdowns

 
.

Copyright © 1994-2013,
Forkmedia LLC

 

 


cat toys Catnip Toys
 

Kitchen & Home
Markdowns

 
.