Pu Erh tea is what the Chinese themselves call “Hei cha” – black or dark teas – but which is above all known as Pu Erh tea. The difference consists both in which leaves are used and especially in how the tea is produced.
For many, Pu Erh is something you learn to like. In general, they are much more earthy, natural and rawer compared to other orthodox black teas. For beginners, they are often perceived as very robust, almost intrusively full bodied. If we are to draw parallels to wine, we will probably have to choose a heavy and full bodied Amarone wine.
Incidentally, in China Pu Erh is considered a very exclusive tea known for its medicinal properties and is often served in finer tea houses or sold as something expensive in the tea shop.