WHITE PU-ERH TEA CAKE
Unfortunately this tea as well as some others are becoming harder to obtain due to the impacts of climate change. We recommend our loose 12 year aged Pu-erh oolong tea as an alternative.
Our Pu-erh tea cakes are produced from Pu-erh tea that is grown at high altitudes in Yunnan Province, China.
The tea goes through a process of special fermentation, aging, steaming, & compression. It is characterised by a bright red-yellow infusion & sweet, mellow taste. Pu-erh tea cakes, which are referred to as both pingcha & beeng cha, are “new Pu-erh.” This means that the tea is aged for approximately one year, as opposed to our loose Pu-erh, which is aged for 12 years. The introduction of moisture at several stages speeds up the aging process. The Pu-erh tea cakes acquire their special properties in a shorter period of time, & do not need to age in caves, as does regular Pu-erh. New Pu-erh is perfect for cellaring like wine. If you buy the tea cakes & allow them to age, they will increase in value over time, & the depth of flavour will intensify. Some Pu-erh tea cakes have sold for more than USD $30,000 each.
Pour 2 cups of water over 1 tsp. of SILK ROAD premium quality, organic loose tea. This may not seem like a lot of tea but SILK ROAD teas are incredibly fresh & flavourful, which means that you don’t need very much in order to produce a delicious cup of tea. Using any more tea leaves can result in a cup of tea that is too strong.
- herbal tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 7-10 minutes
- wellness tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | cover & steep 7-10 minutes
- green tea bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 1-3 minutes
- black tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 2-5 minutes
- white tea bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 3-5 minutes
- oolong tea bring water to the boil | steep 5-7 minutes
Loose teas are sold in refillable tins to preserve the tea’s superb flavour, freshness and nutrients. Normally, we encourage you to bring your empty tins into our shops to refill. However, this is currently on pause due to COVID-19. We’re delighted to offer another eco-friendly, low-waste way to re-use your tins!
Brown bag refills are available when you purchase tea in-store and online. Simply select “refill” to receive your tea in a brown bag refill. Immediately transfer the tea to the original tin it came in, once the brown bag refill is home or has arrived in the mail. Brown bags are 100% recyclable, compostable, biodegradable and made of post-consumer recycled paper.
CAN I STORE TEA IN THE BROWN BAG REFILL? No, it is a short term method for transport only and is not suitable for storing. It will not maintain tea’s freshness, nutrients and flavour. It does not protect against exposure to air, liquid or moisture. Air exposure causes nutrient & flavour loss; liquid/moisture causes tea to mildew. As soon as you get home from the shop, or when it arrives in the mail, transfer tea immediately into Silk Road tins - they are designed to preserve the tea.
ABOUT TEA SIZES Refer to the above chart - our loose teas are sold by volume, not weight.