Almost on the verge of disappearing, Pu-erh tea paste used to the special tribute to the Qing Dynasty imperal court. According to the Supplement to Compendium of Material Medica, Pu-erh tea paste is often pitch black; It is the best known as an antidote to drunkenness and the green paste is especially good for improving digestion and reducing phlegm.
Having long lost its production technique, there are too few people left who know how to make it. Though highly exorbitant, its rarity makes it more sought after.
The Pu-erh tea paste instantly dissolves in water and leaves no sediment in the cup. The strength of tea is easy to control. Steeping Pu-erh tea paste is special. After warming up the cup, pouring boiling water into the big covered teacup (to keep the small covered teacup placed inside warm to facilitate the dissolution of the paste). Place the small covered teacup inside the big covered cup and put 2g of paste into the former. Pour boiling water, the paste will dissolve in the boiling water and the tea liquid will turn dark red. Wait a while and then stir the liquid with a teaspoon and your cup of special Pu-erh tea is ready.
Pu-erh tea paste looks like charcoal. Its fragrance is similar to that of combined fragrance of brown sugar, candied dates and Pu-erh tea.
The tea liquid is a fragrant purplish-red. Slightly bitter at first sip, It is light and sweet thereafter, giving it a unique taste.
Have taste of authentic Pu'er tea at ancient SW China village
Pu'er City, located in Yunnan Province, southwest China, is famous for its aromatic tea, which is often presented as an elegant gift. In today's livestream, CGTN reporters are in Pu'er to have a go at tea-picking on an ancient tea plantation forest at Jingmai Mountain. They also pay a visit to Wengji, an ancient village where people of Bulang ethnic minority group have planted tea trees since olden times