Chicago Tea Garden Ceramic Pot Pu-erh

Country of Origin: China, Yunnan Province, Kunming
Leaf Appearance: very small and dark with some golden tips
Ingredients: pu-erh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: amber

According to Chicago Tea Garden, this tea is aged in ceramic pots for ten years in a man-made cave. The earthy element of this tea was softer and more refined than most pu-erhs but there was a definite mossy quality to it. This was especially true of the leaves post-steeping. It was sweet with very little astringency. I did four sequential steepings but quite a few more could definitely have been squeezed out. This tea would be great for a beginner just starting to feel their way around the world of pu-erh because of its mellow taste and unintimidating appearance. It would also make a unique gift for that tea-fiend who has everything.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.