The idea of metamorphosis has long fascinated people. The Roman poet Ovid composed over fifteen books featuring two hundred and fifty poems on the topic. In our earliest science classes, so many of us find ourselves charmed by the idea of a caterpillar entering a cocoon and transforming into a butterfly. As children, we might sometimes wonder what kind of metamorphosis we’ll go through.
Pu erh tea has slowly grown to become one of the most popular teas in the west. It defies traditional categorization into green, black, white, or oolong tea, making up its own category. Unlike many teas whose leaves are plucked from younger bushes, pu erh tea leaves are rather large, growing on enormous, ancient tea trees. As a result, pu erh tea features some of the most complex flavors tea drinkers will discover in their cups.
But why all the craze for pu erh? What makes it so special?
We’ve talked at length before about this amazing tea, breaking down for you the different types or pu erh as well as what contributes to the complexity of its flavors. There’s more to it than that though. Pu erh just seems especially mysterious, enticing, and magical. Why?
It just so happens that it captivates the imagination in the same was as the caterpillar and the butterfly: metamorphosis.
That’s right! Pu erh is unique in that it can be stored almost indefinitely, making it a good investment for people who like occasional cups of tea. But more than that, it transforms over time, and it’s a welcome transformation! As pu erh ages, the tasting notes become bolder, richer, more pronounced, as if it has inherited a wisdom that can be had only through years of experience.
This—the magical, transformative property of pu erh—is what helplessly pulls us into its orbit. It latches itself on to our inquisitive natures as we find ourselves curious what each day, month, year will hold for our tea leaves. It fuels our dreams as we find ourselves reflecting and meditating on life’s mysteries.
There’s nothing like having a good cup of pu erh. It’s no wonder it has become one of the more treasured and beloved teas in the world. We love its transformation, and in turn, it cultivates our own.