Yunnan Pu Erh Teas

What is pu erh tea?

Pu erh tea, also written a pu’er (普洱茶 in Chinese), is a special type of tea that originates from China’s Yunnan province. This tea category is named after the city of puer. It was around 1000 years ago when the people and horses carried lots of tea bricks and cakes from pu’er to nearby regions including Bengal, Burma, Tibet, and Central China. This trade link is also called the ‘Ancient Tea Route’ or ‘Tea Horse Road’.

Pu’er versus dark tea

Due to its popularity, pu’er has become the synonym for any tea that’s post-fermented, though the term isn’t completely correct. The official term for post-fermented teas is hei cha (黑茶) or ‘dark tea’. This term would be fairer as there are also dark teas produced in other provinces such as Sichuan.

Raw and ripe pu erh

Depending on the processing method, there are generally two types of pu erh: raw and ripe (or ‘sheng’ and ‘shou’ in Chinese). Raw pu erh tea is made the original way in which leaves are picked, dried, and roasted resulting in loose pu erh also known as ‘mao cha’. Afterward, the loose leaves are compressed into raw pu erh cakes. Because raw pu erh cakes can take years to ripe, a new type of processing method was invented. Instead of compressing mao cha directly into cakes, they’re first piled up for faster fermentation under controlled conditions. This additional step of processing results in what we call ‘ripe pu erh&rsquo, which is also known as ‘cooked puerh’.

Buy pu erh tea online

Buying a good pu erh is challenging. Prices vary a lot simply because the quality can be very volatile. Luckily you can rely on Teasenz for curating the best pu erh teas from China, which can be shipped directly to your door. Most of our offerings are sourced direct from the producer, making sure it’s as authentic as it can be. Our collection of pu erh is diverse: you can get your tea in loose or compressed form. And for the latter, there are different shapes available such as cakes, bricks an tuocha. Moreover, we offer teas from small family farm producers as well as larger factories such as Xiaguan and Dayi.

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1999 CNNP Ripe Pu Erh Tea Cake, Zhongcha Original Red Green Label 357g/12.6oz

$299.99
This is the real stuff: a zhongcha cake from 1999 in the original red wrapper with the Chinese character ‘tea’ in green.
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2006 Sheng Yunnan Tuocha Tea, Xiaguan Tea Factory – Crane Label, Te Ji 100g

$14.95
The highest grade tuocha (Te Ji) offered by the Xiaguan tea factory. The 100 gram weight makes it very accessible for those who want to try a superior sheng (raw) pu’er tea from 2006 at an affordable price.
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2007 Nan Qiao Raw Pu Erh Tea – 753 Recipe Sheng Pu erh Tea Cake (357g / 12.6oz)

$39.95
An award-winning sheng pu erh tea cake from the Nan Qiao tea factory. This cake consists of large fatty leaves and buds that results a mouth-watering golden yellow brew. There's a clear and lingering aroma of orchid. Stored and ripened in Kunming, Yunnan.
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2007 Xiaguan Horseback Tuocha – Raw Pu Erh Tea, Ma Bei Tuo (1 box x 5 pcs

$99.95
2007 raw pu erh tea from the Xiaguan tea factory. Available per box (5 tuocha) for a wholesale price. This tuocha belongs to the horseback (ma bei tuo) series. Sourced direct from the Xiaguan Tea Factory. Red gift box version.
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2011 Xiaguan Sheng Pumpkin Tribute Tuocha – 100g

$10.95
Cakes, bricks and tuocha. You thought you had already owned all the shapes. You don’t. Add this unique tuocha in a lovely pumpkin shape to your tea cabinet.
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2013 Dayi ‘Lucky’ Raw Tuocha Tea – Taetea Sheng Pu Erh Tuocha 100g/3.5oz

$19.95
Dayi brand’s well known ‘lucky’ pu erh tea in a classic tuocha shape, packed in a gift worthy box. Selected premium raw leaves are used to produce a delicate and lingering after taste.
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2014 ‘Gao Yuan Chen’ Raw Pu Erh Tuocha Tea in Metal Tin 100g

$14.95
This tuocha was compressed in 2014 using aged raw pu erh tea leaves from 2008. This results in a more uniform aging and a smooth and aromatic orange brew.
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2014 Bing Cha – Small Sheng Pu Erh Tea Cake 125g

$17.95
From the Xiaguan factory, this beautifully packed sheng pu erh tea made from the Yunnan large leaf cultivar. Tightly compressed in a small 125-gram cake.
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2014 Dayi V93 Tuocha Tea – Ripe Menghai Dayi Tuocha 100g

$14.95
All the way from Yunnan, the birthplace of tea, this wonderful ripe (shou) pu erh tea from the Menghai tea factory. The V93 tuocha is one of the most sought after ripe pu erh.
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2014 Hu Po Fang Zhuan ‘Amber Brick’ – Menghai Dayi Ripe Pu Erh Tea Brick 60g

$10.95
A ripe pu erh tea brick that belongs to Dayi’s traditional 'Hu Po Fang Zhuan' series. The brick is pressed in a square chocolate bar shape, which makes it exceptionally easy to break off. A Menghai classic.
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2014 Ripe Emperor’s Pu Erh Tea Cake – Shou Gong Ting Pu Erh 200g

$29.95
A 2014 ripe pu erh tea cake from Menghai's Man Zhen village. It consists of fine emperor (gong ting) grade tea leaves and buds. Explore the depth of this tea with changing flavors one steep after another. This ripe pu erh is characterized by light post-fermentation and dry storage aging, resulting in more complex notes.
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2015 Organic Ripe Pu Erh Tea – Zuxiang Jujube Aroma Tea Brick 250g

$29.95
An organic ripe pu erh tea with the aroma of jujube fruit. This tea brick is certified organic and complies to the organic standards of Europe, USA, Japan and China.