Hi ,here is another one of the Q&As on Chinese Tea——
Q: What are the famous representatives of dark tea?
A: Dark tea is post-fermented tea, it's a type of tea that has undergone microbial fermentation, the processing usually includes fixation, rolling, piling and drying. The tea leaves and the liquor made from them become darker with oxidation. Dark tea is usually used as the raw material for the compressed tea. In China, it is used to be called Border-Sale Tea (Bian Xiao Cha ), literally, tea sold on borders as it is commonly compressed into forms of bricks and sold in western minority areas. The key feature of the dark tea is its endurance（"Tea of Longevity."）. This tea ages and improves over time. Normally the fresh tea is better than the old one but dark tea can breathe in a natural environment and keep on fermenting in the air. The longer it is stored, the mellower it becomes.
Representatives of dark tea are Pu-er tea produced in Yunnan Province, Liu pu tea produced in Guangxi Province and the Anhua dark tea produced in Hunan Province, ect .
TIPS ABOUT DARK TEA
According to the method of production, the Pu’er tea can be divided into raw Pu’er and ripened Pu’er.
Dark tea does not only has unique smells and color but also has some special functions such as skin caring, anti-aging, nourishing the stomach and reducing-fat, which attracts more and more fans.
Do not store your dark tea under vacuum seal, and do not put them into a refrigerator.
It is suggested to use boiling water , to make dark tea and the soup produced at the first two times should be dumped.
The appearances of compressed tea which made of dark tea are: caky tea, bowl-shaped tea, brick-shaped tea, melon-shaped tea, bar tea.