We received new batch of teas and among them are traditional Shu and Sheng pu'er, a rare blend of purple Sheng and white tea, as well as an experimental blend of red tea and Shu pu'er.
Very often we receive question about the difference between Shu and Sheng Puer.
So we decided to explain it and recommend the most interesting ones from the new arrival.
Understanding Shu Pu'er
Shu (or cooked) Pu'er undergoes an artificial fermentation process that accelerates the oxidation of the tea leaves. This method, developed to mimic the natural aging process of Sheng (or raw) Pu'er, results in a tea with a dark, rich color and a smooth, mellow flavor profile. The fermentation can last from several months to several years, depending on the desired outcome.
Understanding Sheng Pu'er
In contrast, Sheng Pu'er is allowed to naturally ferment and age, a process that can take decades. Its color remains lighter, and its flavor evolves over time, starting fresh and gradually developing complexity.
The natural drying process without active intervention allows Sheng Pu'er to retain a lively, fruity aroma with hints of sweetness.
Comparing Fermentation Processes
The fermentation of Shu Pu'er involves piling the tea leaves in a warm, humid environment to speed up oxidation, a technique that imparts a deep, earthy flavor reminiscent of the forest floor.
Sheng Pu'er's fermentation, on the other hand, occurs slowly and naturally, resulting in a lighter, more delicate taste.
Appearance: Shu vs Sheng Pu'er
Shu Pu'er's infusion is typically dark brown or almost black, a testament to its deep fermentation.
Sheng Pu'er offers a lighter, golden, or honey-colored infusion, reflecting its gentler processing and aging.
Aroma: Earthy Depths vs Fruity Freshness
The aroma of Shu Pu'er is rich and earthy, with possible notes of smoke from its fermentation process.
Sheng Pu'er, with its natural fermentation, boasts a fresher, brighter aroma, often with fruity or floral undertones.
Highlighting the Traditional Shu and Sheng Pu'er
Our selection includes traditional Shu and Sheng Pu'er, each representing the pinnacle of their respective fermentation processes. For those new to Pu'er, these traditional varieties offer a perfect introduction to the range of flavors and aromas that Pu'er tea can offer.
Exploring Rare and Experimental Blends
Among our new arrivals, the rare blend of purple and white tea stands out for its unique flavor profile, offering a rare taste experience. Similarly, the experimental blend of red and Shu Pu'er combines the characteristics of both types, creating a new flavor dimension that is both intriguing and delightful.
Top Picks from the New Arrival
Our team at Moychay has carefully selected the most interesting varieties from the new arrival:
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