Small Leaf Pu-erh - Xi Ye Pu-erh

Brews to a strong cup, think expresso with some nutty notes.

Our Small Leaf is grown and made near Cangyuan, In Yunnan Province. The factory originated in 1948 and has been producing Pu-erhs, green and black teas for the domestic China market.  More recently, the factory has been farming and exporting organically grown teas to the U.S. and European markets.

Why we selected this particular lot. Note the uniformity of the cut of the leaves and their rich, brown appearance.  There is a very pleasant mushroom-like aroma as well.  These attributes indicate the care in the handling of the leaves and skill in the processing of the lot.  The fact it is organically grown added to our interest in the tea.  

Interesting facts about our selection. An organically grown, Shu or "ripe" Pu-erh, the leaf has been crafted to small, consistent shape that opens to a rich, clean, earthy aroma.  The leaves are tan-brown in color resulting from the fermentation process.   It will steep multiple times. This is an excellent choice as an everyday Pu-erh. It can be brewed quite strong to a cup color resembling espresso, yet it will never get bitter, just stronger.   This tea does very well as a breakfast tea and certainly a complement to any dessert!  Produced in 2015.

Taste profile. If you enjoy a strong cup of Pu-erh, this tea will brew strong and offer plenty of body with a clean, refined taste.  This cooked Pu-erh has body and will brew to a real strong cup - think expresso.   You will note some nuttiness and a soft, naturally sweet note. It is not a "deep" or earthy tasting Pu-erh but is more refined, offering a rounder body and smooth mouth feel with nutty notes. The aftertaste is smooth and clean.
 
Brewing suggestions. For 8 to 12 ounces of water, use 5 grams or 2 tablespoons of leaf.  Use boiling water, rinse the leaves briefly to awaken them, pour off and re-infuse. We recommend a steeping time of 3-4 minutes.  Alternatively, if time allows, briefly rinse the leaves twice thoroughly awakening the leaves and enhancing the flavors of your first sip.  Or, rinse briefly, pour off and wait a few minutes and let the leaves "steam" as this will also enhance the flavors and aromas of your first taste.   This tea should steep 3-4 times. 

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Item Number:
P-PE-4-O-7
Province:
Yunnan
Type:
Puerh
$23.50
per
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  • 5
    Clean Rich Taste

    Posted by ARTURO ALVAREZ on 2nd Oct 2018

    This is my favorite puerh. I have ordered it multiple times now, i enjoy it as a regular tea. There is a clean rich taste to it that poor quality puerhs lack.

  • 5
    Good flavor, will brew several tasty cups of tea with one teaspoon

    Posted by Neil Siegel on 2nd Aug 2018

    I tried some small leaf as an experiment. I already liked regular Pureh, and this became a daily affordable treat.

  • 5
    Quality and economic too

    Posted by Unknown on 30th Oct 2017

    Excellent everyday drinking pu-erh, deep, rich, and never over-steeps, it's bound to be an easy favorite.

  • 5
    best daily tea

    Posted by Lynn on 18th Sep 2017

    The headline says it all. Also, can be steeped a few times.

  • 5
    Sweet Earth

    Posted by ARTURO ALVAREZ on 12th Aug 2017

    My first purchase of this tea took place almost a year ago. I bought 4oz of this, and I drank it on special occasions. When i was down to my last oz, I was pleasantly surprised that this tea was still in stock. Now I have 1lb of this delightful tea.
    This puehr is one of my favorites. It has a rich flavor profile with sweet notes that is not commonly found in most sho peurhs. Thank you Silk Road for having such wonderful and high quality teas.

  • 5
    First Pu-Erh

    Posted by Mark on 16th Jun 2016

    This is my first Pu-Erh. I'm really enjoying it as a morning tea. Looking forward to trying other similar teas so I can develop opinions and preferences. Exceptional customers service from Katherine. Many thanks.

  • 5
    Delicious

    Posted by MK Taylor on 2nd Feb 2016

    I am by no means a tea connoisseur, but I had switched from coffee to tea a few years back and have been dabbling with different varieties of teas, thanks to Sil Road. This is my go to favorite. It's a great breakfast tea, not too heavy, and perfect for an afternoon cup. sweet, earthy, and mild. I don't steep it long, and find I can get a couple good steeps from it.

  • 5
    Good for Every Day

    Posted by Unknown on 3rd Jul 2015

    I often start my day with a delicious and savory cup. Delicious tea, awesome price, and my best tea to recommend to new drinkers or seasoned vets. Both approachable and smooth, with plenty of layers and intrigue for the experienced drinker to enjoy. Can't recommend enough, until it's not in stock and I'm running low. Then stay away, it's mine :)

  • 5
    One of the most interesting teas!

    Posted by Mary Zimnik on 26th Jan 2015

    I am over the moon about this tea. It steeps so dark, it does have the color of espresso. Yet, the taste is soft, subtle, but with depth. And it's quite unique. The aroma is earthy and a little vanilla bean. It almost has a creaminess to it since it has very dense body. I have been completely surprised how wonderful this tea is. You want something completely different, try it!