During the Christmas season, tea drinkers reach for black teas flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, apple, and so on, but pu-erh is the tea of choice for some with a bit of an adventurous spirit. For pu-erh can indeed be an adventure, and so we wish you all a Merry Pu-erh Christmas!
We find the soothing ritual of a gongfu pu-erh session to be as much a part of the holidays as gingerbread men and candy canes and those carolers singing at our front door. In fact, we find that gingerbread men and candy canes go well with pu-erh, and that carolling sound is a nice background to the sounds of water being poured into the gaiwan or teapot and then, after infusing just right, into the chahai. Once in the chahai the tea liquid sparkles in the light of those candles that are so traditional this time of year.
The steam that rises from the pu-erh liquid conveys the taste splendors to come, and that aroma blends with the aromas of traditional Christmas dishes baking in ovens and stewing in pots. And the tea goes well with many of these. In fact, we find that young sheng goes with about anything that a good green tea or a lighter oolong goes with, while an older sheng or a shu goes well with foods that darker or more roasted oolongs and various black teas go with.
- Ham (baked or smoked) pairs with those darker teas and more aged pu-erhs (sheng and shu)
- Turkey, all stuffed and roasted so the skin is crackling and golden brown, will complement the stronger flavored pu-erhs
- Pumpkin pie, with its cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices, will also pair well with just about any pu-erh you choose
So, go ahead and indulge that yearning for an earthy, smooth pu-erh anytime during Christmas with these and a host of other holiday dishes. It will help you keep your sanity!