Imperial Pu-erh - Di Huang

Smooth, offers hints of nuts and cocoa.

Large leaves from the sub varietal Camellia assamica, locally known as Yunnan Big Leaf, are the source for our lot of Imperial Pu-erh. Typically made in the warmer summer months when the higher temperatures will assist in the fermentation process, the large, wet leaves ferment, building tastes, are torn and shaped and then fired drying the leaves and locking in flavors.

Lot Notes
The leaves have been meticulously shaped to a very consistent, beautiful appearance of light tans and soft browns. The aroma is light mushroom, sweet and husky. As there is no grading system for the taste of a Shou or cooked Pu-erh, lots are judged on taste in making selections. In this case, the factory specializes in Pu-erhs and this lot is their highest grade. The flavor we find is full bodied & complex.

Tea Facts
In selecting a ripe Pu-erh, a satisfying taste will be be your defining characteristic. Enough moisture has been left in the leaves that they will continue to ferment building deeper flavors. Pu-erh drinkers believe these teas will lower blood cholesterol and prevents bad cholesterol (LDL) from forming in the arteries.

Tasting Notes
Our Imperial is smooth and sweet, offering hints of nuts and cocoa. Aroma is herbaceous, some floral notes and earthy. Cups to deep, red-amber color with an underlying hardiness that will leave a rich aftertaste that can be quite appealing to coffee drinkers. Yet, it is moderate in caffeine.

Brewing Suggestions
Be generous with the leaf, to gain a rich full-tasting cup, we'd suggest 1-2 tablespoons of leaf per 8-12 ounces of water. Use water that is boiling and let the leaves steep for 3-4 minutes. Cup should be dark in color. The leaves will steep multiple times.

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  • 5
    Imperial Pu-erh

    Posted by Dan Foster on 11th Aug 2020

    A very satisfying Pu-erh, glad I purchased. Easily three good steepings, soothingly complex flavor.

  • 5
    Clean yet strong Pu-erh

    Posted by Eric B on 7th Jan 2019

    In my experience I've found the Imperial to be the most refined of the three Silk Road Pu-erhs. All three Pu-erhs finish with a characteristic deep, bold flavor, but each have a slightly different mouthfeel and starting taste. The Imperial’s small delicate leaves yield a clean, smooth and slightly sweet intro that builds into the full earthy depth. When introducing a friend to Pu-erh, this is my go-to option. It’s unfortunate that the other review didn’t have a great experience with this tea. I prefer brewing it a little strong - I use a tablespoon leaf steeped 4-5 minutes in a 4oz gaiwan, 3x.

  • 1
    Sorry but I do not like this one at all ...

    Posted by Jerry on 5th Dec 2017

    Was very excited and encouraged by the description, usually liking the more fermented version of teas (pu-erh and oolong) and having left many positive reviews on this site, I feel that I need to post my first bitterly negative one. When this came, I had high expectations but the taste is terribly "off". For me, it is more reminiscent of dry fish and wet straw rather than "mushroom, sweet and husky". In fact, this is so unpleasantly bad that it is the first tea I will have to use as compost. Not sure if I bumped onto a bad batch or what but right now, my thought is to not buy this ever again ...