Origin: Puer City, Yunnan Province, China
Appearance of the leaf: This tea is presented as both the leaf and the branch. They are dried and dark in colour. The branch and leaf are infused whole. As the produce of these ancient trees is so treasured, the branches are also used. The branch has taken on the flavours of the tea.
Harvest: The production of Pu’erh tea varies greatly. This particular tea is ‘new’ tea. This means that the tea has not been fermented by ‘force’ in a controlled environment, rather it is green tea, that has been left to age naturally. This is a higher quality tea than artificially aged tea, and is the original production method that was used traditionally to preserve tea for the winter months. This process involves picking the leaves, withing, heating, drying and rolling the leaves and baking them. The leaves are then gently piled and then stored and allowed to age naturally. Naturally fermented tea becomes more mellow and fragrant with age.
Quality: The top quality Pu’erh tea is aged naturally, and a longer age usually denotes a higher quality tea. In addition, the Pu’erh tea that originates from the ancient trees in Yunnan also commands a higher price and is a higher quality of tea as the taste has matured over time. A higher quality Pu’erh tea will also taste good for up to 10 infusions and be a golden-brown to red-brown in colour.
Infusions: 10g of this tea will make 20 cups of tea based on using 5g per cup, and using the leaves for 10 infusions
Our tea is sold by net weight, and by law, weighed using trade approved scales. Tea is packaged in resealable food safe pouches, or tins if selected as an option. Some teas may be heat sealed and/or vacuum sealed where appropriate to the individual product..
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You can store your Pu’erh tea in the open air, it will continue age naturally. Pu’erh tea should be washed twice prior to brewing. Wash the tea by pouring on the hot water and then pouring away.
Infuse your tea for around 30 seconds for the first infusion. For further infusions add a few seconds on each time according to taste.
This tea is best enjoyed without milk.
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Pu’erh tea is the only tea that increases in value with age. Traditionally, the purpose of compressing the tea and storing it was to preserve tea for the winter months. The classic methods of Pu’erh production were closely guarded secrets. This is a tea that every tea connoisseur should have for a special occasion.
As Pu’erh tea has gained popularity, the demand for the tea has soared. To meet the demand, aged Pu’erh tea was introduced. This tea is fermented rapidly using heat and water, in a similar way to which black, and oolong teas are. This means that 20 years of fermentation can be achieved artificially in just a days. This tea is usually called ‘aged’ tea, whereas the tea that is fermented naturally is called ‘new’ or ‘ripe’ tea. Aged tea is usually a lot cheaper, and can therefore meet the demand of the market. Whilst aged tea is still popular as a Pu’erh tea, it is not as authentic and arguably, not as high quality as the naturally fermented new tea.
The tea trees that are picked to make Pu’erh tea are only found in the Yunnan province. Usually the leaves are thicker and longer than other types of tea tree, and the trees grow to waist or chest height in terraces.
In China, Pu’erh tea has long been recognised for it’s health benefits including reducing cholesterol, aiding digestion, and aiding weight loss. These benefits have recently been recognised by Western society, with many celebrities extolling the health benefits of this tea.