Pu-erh tea is the most hardcore kind of tea you can get. It has a devoted community because it tastes so different from the other kinds of teas out there. There is a lot of depth in this tea family; terroir matters a lot. Two villages a few kilometers aparts can produce radically different pu-erh teas. Twists in the processing can bring out different aspects of a given raw material.
Most of the high quality leaves available in Yunnan are processed into Pu-erh tea. This is an unforgiving style because it lets the leaf speak. You can't make a good pu-erh tea with bad fresh leaves. The most sought after pu-erh teas are made of ancient tea garden leaves. Some villages have acquired such a prestige that their leaves sell for thousands of dollars a kilo!
Pu-erh tea can be aged, the taste will change as the tea slowly oxidizes. We specialize in fresh Pu-erh tea, grown in a sustainable way with no pesticides. We make sure we understand how the tea gardens are cultivated before offering the tea on our website, we do pesticide controls occasionally on some products.