Art of Tea proprietor and founder, Steve Schwartz and I continued our tea journey to find the wonders of re-steeping pu-erh. Naturally, this isn’t my favourite selection for tea as a result of of its daring and earthy traits, however I discovered that re-steeping it will possibly undoubtedly change its taste profile. This time, Steve and I re-steeped free leaf pu-erh utilizing Art of Tea’s Immortal Nectar.
The identify Immortal Nectar comes from the Sanskrit time period, Amrit, which means “immortality”. In Hinduism, Amrit is named a drink of the gods or nectar of the goddess. Just as the Greeks consumed ambrosia or meals of the gods, the Hindus drank Amrit, which granted them immortality. Accordingly, this cave-aged, supreme free leaf pu-erh was named after a heavenly elixir to deduce that it might present unearthly graces, or well being advantages.
An article from Livestrong.com says pu-erh tea reduces cardiovascular threat and fats content material in addition to helps stop most cancers. Since pu-erh consists of damaged leaves from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, these leaves yield the next oxidation degree when the tea is fermented. This is believed to provide pu-erh’s well being advantages.
First, we put one teaspoon of the free leaf Immortal Nectar in our Gaiwan. Then, we flushed the tea for 30 seconds to rinse off any extra sediment nonetheless lingering on the tea from the fermentation course of. After that, we poured the boiled water over the leaves and drained the water after 30 seconds.
|Steep||Water Temperature||Steep Time||Flavor Profile|
|First||195 levels||30 seconds||Light, candy, earthy|
|Second||208 levels||1 minute||Gritty texture and earthy taste; leaves open up, sweeter, musky|
|Third||208 levels||1 minute||Darker, woodsy odor, alcohol/whiskey tasting|
|Fourth||205 levels||2 minutes||Opens up much more, cinnamon tasting, spherical, well-balanced flavors|
|Fifth||205 levels||four minutes||Earthy, peppery, candy end|
This is a superb pu-erh to attempt in case you are new to this tea as a result of it gives lighter flavors that come throughout as barely candy and fewer astringent. Throughout the 5 steeps, the taste profile of Immortal Nectar continued to evolve in typically sudden methods. As you discover, the third steep launched a whiskey taste and alcohol-like essence. By the fourth steep, the conventional sturdy and woodsy pu-erh flavors had been quickly overpowered by candy and cinnamon undertones. This was the greatest cup but! It was evident that the extra I re-steeped the higher tasting the tea grew to become. Each steep unlocked a quantity of flavors and aromas shocking me every time.
The discovery of new tea profiles by no means ends while you merely re-steep the leaves. It’s wonderful what aromas and flavors are launched after a number of steeps. Now it’s your flip! Feel free to make use of our steeping occasions and water temperatures as a suggestion, however alter the place you see match. Share your tea journeys with us by commenting beneath!