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Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

About Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh

Round, compressed tea cake with varying shades of green leaf, pamphlet with Chinese characters on leftA one-year-old Sheng Pu-erh cake, showing a range of vivid green colors that illustrate that this is an unoxidized tea. These cakes slowly darken in color as they age. Photo © teajournaling (Flickr), CC BY 2.0.
Raw, also called green or sheng pu-erh(生普洱), is pu-erh tea that has not been oxidized or artificially aged in the way that ripe or cooked (black) pu-erh is. Raw pu-erh, like all pu-erh tea, originated in and is mostly produced in Yunnan, China. Originally, all Pu-erh produced was raw Pu-erh.

Like ripe pu-erh, raw pu-erh is often aged and often becomes more desirable with age. Raw pu-erh tends to have a very strong flavor before it is aged.

Raw pu-erh is available both loose and in compressed forms, such as a tuocha cake. Raw pu-erh can be classified as both a green tea and a pu-erh tea. We list all Pu-erh as a subcategory of dark tea or hei cha for simplicity and practicality, but un-aged raw Pu-erh is usually more accurately classified as a green tea.

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This sheng pu'erh has a strong taste with a thick liquor. It has a really interesting and pleasing sweet and bitter mouth-feel. This a strong tea with a powerful energy.

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90 / 100
Picture of Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) (2016)

I've never had a tea as mouthwatering as this one and the bitterness which prompts it is really quite reasonable and consistent even after brewing it numerous times. It has a light, pleasant sweetness. But, really most of the presence is in a light thrust of bitterness at the start of a sip, which causes my mouth to wa...

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2016 Gu Hua Sheng from Verdant Tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China
Aug. 5th, 2017

I think that if I were new to young, raw pu-erh and thought that they were all bitter and undrinkable, this might 'wow' me in that it is sweeter, fruity, and definitely can be consumed now. But, compared to other young, raw pu-erh I've tried, it's really not special. It's also higher-priced. And, I really didn't like t...

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Picture of Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016

I like this one, but I admit, at this point (July 2017), it is still a bit rough around the edges.

This tea is made with leaves from two different towns and I could taste this when drinking it. It was both sweet and bitter, astringent and mouth-watering. There was this very present duality in it, throughout the enti...

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90 / 100
Picture of Menghai Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016 - Monkey Year

I really loved this raw pu-erh. I found it to be floral and fruity, with notes reminiscent of lichee, apricot, and peaches. It was lightly tangy and an astringency came on pretty quickly when brewing it at higher temperatures. But, when I lowered the temperature and brewed at 90C, it held out for longer without becomin...

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Most-Rated Raw (Sheng)

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2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Fengqing, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
98
3 Ratings
Picture of Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Fengqing, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
79
3 Ratings
Picture of Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013

Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Premium Pu-erh Tea - Green

Brand:My Zen Tea
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
2 Ratings
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"Ye Zhu Tang" Wild Arbor Raw Pu-erh

Brand:Yunnan Sourcing
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
2 Ratings

Top-Rated Raw (Sheng)

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2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Fengqing, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
98
3 Ratings
Picture of Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Fengqing, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
79
3 Ratings

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