Pu’er tea is divided into raw tea and ripe tea. With same property, tea friends always make comparison: raw tea or ripe tea, which is better? Today we will discuss this question together.
There are obvious differences between raw tea and ripe tea such as production process, tea nature, taste, flavor and aroma, etc. After understanding the differences between them, you will find that the emphasis is how to select instead of which is better.
Different production process
In general, production process of raw tea and basking rough tea of ripe Pu’er tea is as below: picking fresh tea leaves → airing → killing green → rolling → drying.
Best drinking time
Fresh raw tea is relatively astringent and those with poor stomach are not suggested to drink fresh raw tea as it’s too irritant. There will be fascinating changes of fresh raw tea after storage for a period time. However, the nature of ripe tea has been gentle when it’s fresh.
Different drinking feeling
It’s cool to drink raw tea, while the taste and flavor of ripe tea are more mellow and thicker. Of course, the aroma manifestation will be different due to different production process and conversion year.
Different tea nature
The nature of raw tea is relatively more fierce, while the nature of ripe tea is more gentle. However, there is no absolute in the world. It varies from person to person and relates to personal habitus! Therefore, suitability is more important for drinking tea!
Sales price on market
In fact, general performance of ripe tea is very close to that of raw tea. To drink Pu’er tea with similar drinking value and feeling, the price of aged raw tea is always extremely high, but ripe tea is cheaper.
Actually, people love Pu’er tea for different reasons. No matter raw tea or ripe tea, the one satisfying own favor and demand is good tea. Each tea has its good points, so it’s unnecessary to compare advantages and disadvantages!
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