Pu-erh drinkers often mention the word “year. Yes, Pu-erh tea can be stored as red wine. This is because the year matters a lot to the Pu-erh tea, the same as the red wine. Not only certain year of the tea tastes better, but the number of years the tea has been stored matters too. The word “year” can be mysterious. For normal consumers, and based on the market environment, it is hard for us to understand the year.
Common tea lovers should trust their own tastes, rather than the so called “year”. No matter which year the tea is produced, the good tea can only be produced with appropriate condition, and transformation. Tastes is the “Key”, the label of “year” is only a selling point. If a tea, you can taste the cleanness. Then, it is worth the price. You should buy it, regardless of the year. Tasting good should be the key.
Of course, if you are a collector of Pu-erh tea. The year is the key element. The longer the Pu-erh tea, the higher the value is.
So, does the “year” of the Pu-erh tea matter when you purchase?
If you purchase tea for your own consumption, what should you pay attention to in terms of the year of Pu-erh tea?
- Firstly, you should understand the basic character of Pu-erh tea. The raw Pu-erh tea of 1 – 2 years has bitter taste and the after taste is sweet. A good Pu-erh tea will have faster after taste and lasting. If you don’t like the bitterness, and want to taste the “sweetness” faster afterward. Then, you should buy a raw tea ages longer.
Ripped tea is manually fermented, therefore, it can drink directly. If it is newly fermented tea, it will have the fermentation smell, which need to be purified. Ripped Pu-erh tea can breathe and transform. Normally, after 2 to 3 years, the fermentation smell will disappear, by this time, the tea tastes the best. The longer the age, normally the ripped tea will taste better. If you compare the year, the same year ripped tea is cheaper than the raw tea. You can choose based on your own preference.
- Understand the character of the mountain where the tree grows. Some seller will say the year where there was drought in Yunnan, the Pu-erh tea from that year is sweeter, and the production is less. It may sound right, but when you think about it, it doesn’t feel right. Like the orange tree I have, each year it has orange grew on it. Is there a year that the orange is especially good and sweet? Less grow is possible, but the taste should depend on the type of the orange. Orange grows in the south is orange, grows in north is smaller. Pu-erh tea is the same, even though the tea from Wuyi and Hejingmai are also Pu-erh, but they taste different.
- The year of the storage also need to pay attention too. A lot of people who bought Pu-erh tea, they don’t drink them immediately. Rather, they wait for two years to drink. By that time, the Pu-erh tea tastes better than before. Therefore, store the tea before drink is a good way too. Doing this, you can enjoy the changes of the Pu-erh tea’s taste. And you can save a lot of money. If you want to store tea, you should choose new tea or tea within a year or two. The price is low, after two years, not only the taste is better and the value is increased.
- Why the Pu-erh tea stores longer taste worse than the Pu-erh tea stored shorter. Why? This is caused by the raw material, making procedure, storage and other factors, which tea lovers should pay attention to.