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Each tea has its own grading standard based on its quality and condition. Pu erh is the same. Due to the quality of raw material (mao cha / 毛茶) and the difference in process, Pu erh is sorted into ten grades. From the highest grade to the lowest, there is Gong Ting Pu erh (宫廷普洱 / the Imperial Grade), the Gift Tea Grade, the Special Grade, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th grade and 10th Grade.
Generally, the higher grades of Pu erh have more buds, while the lower grades contain larger and less tender leaves. Let’s check out the grading standard:
|Grade||Dry Leaves||Liquor||Taste & Aroma||Brewed Leaves|
|Imperial Grade||Tightly rolled, straight, fine golden buds||Red and dense with rich fragrance||Heavy and mellow, 10+ steeps||Thin and tender|
|Gift Tea Grade||Tightly rolled, straight, relatively fine golden buds||Red and dense with rich fragrance||Heavy and mellow, 10+ steeps||Thin and tender|
|Special Grade||Tightly rolled, straight, relatively fine golden buds||Red and dense with rich fragrance||Heavy and mellow, 8+ steeps||Relatively thin and tender|
|1st Grade||Tightly rolled, tender with some buds||Red and dense with rich fragrance||Mellow, 8+ steeps||Tender|
|3rd Grade||Tightly rolled, tender with some buds||Red with rich fragrance||Mellow, 6+ steeps||Tender|
|5th Grade||Tightly rolled, tender with few buds||Red with rich fragrance||Mellow, 6+ steeps||Uneven in size|
|7th Grade||Tightly rolled with few buds||Dark red with pure fragrance||Mild, <6 steeps||Uneven in size|
|8th Grade||Loosely rolled with few buds||Dark red with pure fragrance||Mild, <6 steeps||Rough, uneven in size|
|9th Grade||Loosely rolled with no buds||Dark red||Mild, <6 steeps||Rough, uneven in size|
|10th Grade||Loosely rolled with no buds||Dark red||Mild, <6 steeps||Thick and rough, uneven in size|
Gu Shu Wild Trees
Please note that the above grading doesn’t apply for wild pu erh teas (gu shu). The leaves of those teas are generally larger and they’re classified based on mountain of origin and the age of the tree.
Grade and Taste
Lower grades of pu erh doesn’t necessarily mean that the tea isn’t good. It’s just that the material used is less fine and more uneven. However, good processing is as important and can still compensate for less quality raw material. Preference for tea is very personal. Regardless of the grading, hope you’ll find your favourite Pu erh!
Do you want to try pu erh yourself? See the curated offerings of pu erh teas by Teasenz.com.
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Drinking green tea comes with lots of benefits, but did you know that you can re-use green tea bags for on your eyes? In this article you’ll discover the benefits and we’ll present some before and after videos to see if it really works!
Tea bags on eyes for conjunctivitis
When your eyes are inflammed (Conjunctivitis), also known as having ‘pink eyes’, it will result in a tired look. Pink eye can be due to a viral or bacterial infection or due to an allergy.
Though it can be due to different causes, the symptoms of conjunctivitis can be easily eased with green tea. Green tea has a calming effect due to the high antioxidant content.
Tea bags for dark circles
Dark circles on the eyes are caused by lack of sleep, dehydration, hangovers, unhealthy food or a lack of vitamin. It can also be caused by stress or simply genetics.
Green tea can help to reduce dark circles, though to completely get rich of dark circles, you also will need a life style change.
Antioxidants in green tea can perfectly treat dark circles and reduce puffiness. The caffeine content shrinks blood vessels and minimise fluid retention. The tannins stimulates blood circulation. At last, the alkaloids promote healthy skin growth while ECGC in tea reduces inflammation!
How To Do It Yourself!
- Steep 2 green tea bags in hot water for 2 minutes.
- Then take the bags out and cool them in a refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Wash your face. Then dry it.
- Place the cooled tea bags directly on your eyes for 20 minutes.
- Rinse your face with cold water.
Does it Work?
As with many health tips, it’s hard to generalise whether certain tips work for everyone. Often times, what works for others doesn’t necessary work for you.
As with green tea bags, we think it can be really effective, if the underlying cause of pink eye and dark circles is due to inflammation.
Video Instructions from Vloggers
Below some videos from other vloggers on YouTube, we’ve tried out green tea bags on eyes. Learn about there experience.
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