Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Puerh Tea Tasting

Ingrid, certified Tea Sommelier and Culinary Consultant of Tea Occasions brought 23 year old compressed Puerh tea which she steeped to share with us.  Puerhs are different from most teas in that they are aged for 2 to 50 years before drinking. This was the first opportunity for several in our group to taste Puerh.  Pronounced "POOH-air," this tea  has a robust "earthly" flavor. For many tea drinkers, the musky, musty flavors make Puerhs an acquired taste.
I'll be the first to admit, I've not yet acquired the desire to taste very much Puerh, but I am grateful to Ingrid for bringing her special Puerh for us to taste. 

Note added later:  
Ingrid suggested pairing her delicious Chocolate Chamberd Truffles with the Puerh.  This gave the Puerh a different flavor, a little difficult to describe, perhaps a milder flavor and less earthy.   

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