Organic Sheng Pu Erh Tea

Sweet notes of stone fruit and peony, layered with a smooth minerality and medium astringency

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Organic Sheng Pu Erh Tea
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Organic Sheng Pu Erh Tea

Backyard Compostable Tea Packaging

We are delighted to add this exceptional Organic Sheng Pu Erh to our offering of organic loose leaf dark tea! This young green pu erh consists of long and slender tightly twisted leaves and buds that have been processed using the traditional sheng (or qing) technique, also referred to as "raw." The steeped leaves yield a clear, bright golden infusion with a pale peach blush. A sweet flavor and aroma of apricot jam and peony flowers is layered with a smooth limestone minerality and medium astringency. The astringency of this young pu erh will mellow with age, as its earthiness increases. This tea will only improve with time and is currently available at its most affordable price! With each year, its price will also increase as its quality increases.

Ingredients: organic Chinese dark tea

Origin: Pu'er Zuxiang Highmountain Tea Garden, Yunnan, China

Organic Tea from Yunnan Province, China

The Yunnan Province of China is home to the city of Pu-erh, the namesake of pu-erh tea, the most famous subset of Chinese heicha (dark tea). The Pu'er Zuxiang Highmountain Tea Garden is located in Zhengwan village, Nanping town in southwestern Yunnan, where the dark red, fertile soil is well-known for its high iron content. In 1998 the Zuxiang garden reclaimed 230 acres of secondary forest land to plant organic tea. Rich in tea history, this area is also steeped in culture; Zuxiang's 160 employees include workers from more than 10 ethnic minority populations, including Dai, Lahu, Yi, and Wa. 

Read our blog post about our trip to Pu-erh, China!

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend dark tea to be steeped for 5 to 10 minutes in water heated to a full, rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Lea

    "The aroma of this tea is incredible! Beguilingly green, with notes of white grape and honeysuckle. I’m in love!"

  • Sarah

    "Every bit of this pu’erh is beautiful: the rosy blush in your cup, the sweet, peachy aroma and the bright, apple skin taste that sparkles on your tongue. #noregrets"

Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Tea

Like all true tea, pu erh tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels. Pu-Erh specifically has been used in Chinese medicine to support gut health, weight loss, and lower cholesterol.

For more information about the health benefits of pu erh and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Pu Erh: A National Secret

Pu-Erh Tea Tradition

Pu-erh, a city located in the Yunnan Province of China, is the namesake of pu-erh tea, the most famous subset of Chinese heicha (dark tea). Pu-erh processing is a closely guarded secret. Each tea garden has a unique recipe and prides itself on its own distinctive creation. Properly cared for, pu-erh tea is actually alive as enzymes in the tea are allowed to age, greatly enhancing the tea’s flavor over time. This is accomplished by introducing a small amount of moisture at the end of the manufacturing process and allowing the retention of that moisture in the final tea leaf; then aging the leaf in a controlled environment. Pu-erh is the only “aged” tea, and can be fully-oxidized like black tea or unoxidized like green tea. Qing Cha (sometimes referred to as “raw” or “green” pu-erh) is the oldest and most famous version of pu-erh processing. Shu Cha (“ripe” or “cooked” pu-erh) is an accelerated version of Qing Cha that was developed in 1972 to help meet consumer demand. Both methods can produce an excellent tea that improves in value and taste with time, and can be finished as loose leaf tea or pressed into shapes. Pu-erhs that have been aged for 10, 15 or even 25 years and beyond are typically unavailable outside China and are served only to high ranking officials and dignitaries.

For even more information about this and other traditions, visit our Tea Traditions Page!

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