Not for all the tea in China? Well, actually…

Pu'er Tea, Weird Tea Facts Add comments
puer-tea.jpgPu'er tea is a new one to me, probably because - as the Daily Telegraph wrote today - 500 grams of the stuff can sell in China for as much as $120,000US. And while I may be a tea fanatic, I'm a relatively modest-salaried tea fanatic. Spending upwards of a thousand dollars on a nice hot cuppa seems, to me, a tad extravagant.

Granted, most pu'er tea sells for significantly less than that; perhaps $35-$40 for a small tin. But certain types of pu'er tea have the distinction of being among the few teas (if not the only teas) that actually improve with age. And we're not talking about a few weeks or months, or even a couple of years. People shell out the big bucks for pu'er cakes that are decades or even centuries old (going even back to the Qing dynasty period, 1644-1911). For this reason, counterfeit pu'er is becoming more and more common, and, not surprisingly, some people have turned to this magnificent tea as a form of investment. With some pu'er varieties doubling in price every two years, these are the kinds of investments that'll prick up the ears of even the most seasoned Wall Street investor.
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2 Responses to “Not for all the tea in China? Well, actually…”

  1. Rosa Says:

    Pu-er tea is one of my favorite teas. It has great body and smell, which some teas lack, not to mention a good Pu-er tea does not get that metallic taste if brewed too long. It just gets stronger and better. Another thing I like about Pu-er tea is that it is one of the only teas that can be stored for long periods of time. Decades. As it sits in its cool holding place, it is constantly getting stronger in flavor. Good Pu-er teas can be dried in a various number of things ranging from bamboo to citris peelings.
    I have found it for incredibly less than the numbers mentioned above. Around $2 an ounce at least. I think this is one tea where getting it in a bag is going to lessen the flavor, and your experience of it tremendously. To truly get the flavor you need to buy it in Pekoe size, loose leaf.

  2. Geoff Says:

    I’m with Rosa on this one. Pu-erh has a great body to it. Of course, that depends on the pu-erh you have. Aged pu-erh – while expensive – is the way to go. Cooked pu-erh tastes like liquid smoke…right after a forest fire.

    I promised myself I wouldn’t delve into the aged teas. That, to me, was the equivalent to winery-hopping. Alas, I caved and sampled a ’99 vintage Manzhuang. It was like a portal to pu-erh paradise. (Say that three times fast.)

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