6 Things you should know about Pu-Erh tea

1. What is Pu-Erh Tea?

On December 1, 2008, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine announced the implementation of the National Standard of the People's Republic of China "GB/T 22111-2008 Geographical Indication Product Pu'er Tea". The standard stipulates that the Pu'er tea is a tea with unique quality characteristics that is made from camellia sinensis in Yunnan, and is made with specific processing techniques.

According to its processing technology and quality characteristics, Pu'er tea is divided into two types: Pu'er tea (raw tea) and Pu'er tea (ripe tea).

According to its appearance, Pu'er tea is divided into loose tea and pressed tea. Loose tea is divided into special, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten levels according to its quality. Pressed teas are divided into different shapes, including round tea, tribute tea, tuo tea, brick tea, tight tea, square tea, and bamboo fragrant tea.

2. What is raw Pu-Erh Tea?

Pu'er tea (raw tea) is a compacted tea made from camellia sinensis in Yunnan. Unpressed tea leave is called Maocha. The raw Pu'er tea has dark green appearance, pure and long-lasting aroma, rich taste, and clear green and yellow soup.

3. What is ripe Pu-Erh Tea?

Pu'er tea (ripe tea) can be loose tea and pressed tea formed by using specific technology and post-fermentation (rapid post-fermentation or slow post-fermentation) processing with camellia sinensis in Yunnan. The appearance is reddish-brown in color, the tea soup is dark red, the aroma is unique, and the taste is mellow and sweet.

4. What is post-fermentation?

Under certain environmental, raw tea leaves or raw Pu'er tea undergoes a series of transformations through the combined effects of microorganisms, enzymes, damp heat, oxidation, etc., to become ripe Pu'er tea.

5. What is the mark number of Pu-Erh tea?

The "mark" of Pu'er tea means the name of Pu'er tea in digital form. Take 7653 as an example: 76 represents the formula is from 1976; 5 represents the grade of tea, the higher the tenderness, the higher the grade; the last digit 3 represents the manufacturer of the tea, where 1 represents Kunming, 2 Menghai, and 3 Xiaguan.

6. Why Pu-Erh tea named CHITSU PINGCHA?

The name of Pu'er tea "CHITSU PINGCHA" was derived from border trade in the Tang Dynasty. Seven cakes were tied up during the caravan transaction. A cake of tea is 7 liang (357 grams), and a tube of seven cakes is 2499 grams, about 2.5. Kilograms, one piece of 12 barrels is about 30 kilograms, and a horse pack of two pieces is about 60 kilograms. In addition, the "seven" in Chinese traditional culture symbolizes multiple children, multiple places, multiple blessings, multiple luxuries, multiple lives, multiple jubilees, multiple wealth, and the seven sons gather to unite together.