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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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I'd rate this one pretty high, but most of the flavor is in the breath, not in the taste itself. I think it's a matter of personal preference as to whether one prefers one, the other, or both. I prefer both because it gives more of a rounded experience. This just doesn't have enough in the taste to appeal to me. There ...

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86 / 100
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2017 Little Ducks from white2tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China
Jul. 21st, 2018

While the dry leaves have a rather muted scent, the wet leaves and brewed tea both have an amazingly sweet aroma, like if flowers were candy. Like the Daily Drinker, this is on the mellow side, but this one can be pushed further if you can tolerate bitterness. Brewed normally, the first couple steeps are grassy and veg...

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77 / 100
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2017 Daily Drinker from white2tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China
Jul. 19th, 2018

This tea has a wonderfully bright, fresh, floral fragrance, and a light bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) taste. It's moderately astringent, so be careful with brew times. As the name suggests, this won't be the greatest tea you've ever tasted; it's called Daily Drinker for a reason. It is quite good for the price, ...

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83 / 100
Picture of Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013

My favorite pu-erh so far out of the half a dozen or so I've tried, but it's also the most expensive. It does smell fruity (not sure what kind of fruit), but it also has a sweet rocky aroma, sort of like smelling the aftertaste of a good Wuyi oolong. Once brewed, it's strong and sweet without being astringent or bitter...

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90 / 100
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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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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
60
4 Ratings
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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
80
3 Ratings
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Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh
Region:Fengqing, Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
36
3 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

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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
80
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
60
4 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
36
3 Ratings

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