Today, I’d like to introduce what is my daily tea. I used to drink a cup of coffee every morning before this tea. I used to think that tea is a substitute for water, not for coffee. However, as I’ve started drinking puerh tea, black (aged or fermented)tea, I’ve become addicted to puerh tea ever since.
According to my previous post of “6 different types of tea,” Puerh is black (aged) tea that is only fermented, not oxidized, among the 6 tea categories. That is why puerh tea tastes smoother and (earthy) sweeter. The range of different puerh flavor is very wide. Some can taste really earthy, smell almost like humid basement (I know it sounds weird but some love this!) to sweet as well ripe date palm. Today I’d like to introduce puerh shou tea from one of my favorite tea brands, Red Blossom Tea Company, San Francisco
I visited Red Blossom Tea company shop in Jaunuary, 2016 When I visited San Francisco. Red Blossom Tea Company specializes in Chinese and Taiwanese tea. One of the daily tea that I drink these days is 2008 Yiwu Pu-erh from Red Blossom Tea Company (350g, $75). You might think $75 is a lot but it is only 2 cents for 1 gram) and it lasts for a while! Don’t mind all the wear and tear of the wrapping paper since I’ve been drinking it for a few months. (once you unwrap a puerh (shou or cooked) cake the first time, keep it in the original wrapping paper and seal it in the zip-lock to keep its original flavor
The color of well-cooked puerh-shou tea is pretty dark with a few spots of golden brown. Its original shape is round. Puerh tea leaves are compressed in a round cake shape to make it easier to be carried to other locations from the ancient time. This gives you an idea that people in the past also enjoyed drinking puerh tea
The liquid color of puerh shou tea is dark chocolate- amber color
People call Puerh as a beauty detox tea since it helps digestion and reduces the cholesterol level. It naturally brings diet effects with better skin. Therefore, a cup of puerh tea is a perfect combo with any oily food. For lunch, I had tonkatsu which is a deep fried pork cutlet with yubuchobab (soybean curd with fried rice) and paired with a cup of puerh. I felt less guilty for eating deep fried food!
Lots of Chinese dishes are oily and that is why they drink lots of tea during their meal. Pair your heavy meal with a cup of puerh tea for better digestion and also better taste!