One of the five main types of tea (white, green, oolong and black being the others), pu'erh tea stands apart with its uncommonly soft earthy flavor and woodsy tones. Unlike all other teas, pu'erh (pronounced 'poo-err') is actually aged. The tea leaves go through a natural fermentation process before the tea is gently dried. This creates a cup with zero astringency and deep, rich body. Pu'erh is extraordinarily smooth and deeply refreshing. Our Pu'erh Dante (the shou variety of pu'erh) gives a clean, damp forest aroma, dried mushrooms, leather and earth. Some sweetness of figs or dates and a slight creamy flavor. Mellow and grounding. If the flavor is too strong for you, simply dilute with water (which, interestingly, doesn't work for many other teas!) Pu'erh is extremely versatile - you can steep it for as little as 30 second or 30 minutes, whatever pleases your palate. It won't get bitter and is great for multiple infusions. Steep at 212°F for 3-5 minutes
You MUST rinse this with hot water before brewing! After a steady rinse, and when brewed lightly, I find it tolerable. They say this tea is grounding and I think they meant to say it tastes like the ground. It reminds me of something goblins or fey folk might brew... and by that I mean it tastes like mushrooms and moss. If you DON'T rinse it, it tastes like a fresh sip of pier water with all the fish froth included.