Origin: Puer City, Yunnan Province
Appearance of the leaf: Very dark in colour and brittle in texture. A tightly twisted leaf, usually compacted into a shape, but sometimes loose.
Harvest: The production of Pu’erh tea varies greatly. This particular tea is ripe tea. This means that the tea has been fermented in a controlled environment as with oolong ad black tea and then has been left to age naturally. Once they have been fermented, the leaves are baked and then gently steamed to add some moisture to allow them to be compressed into a shape. The tea is 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 golden-brown to red-brown in colour.
Infusions: 10g of this tea will make 16 cups of tea based on using 5g per cup, and using the leaves for at least 8 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.
Our tea and tea ware products are shipped in packaging designed to prevent any damage during transit. All our products should reach you in perfect condition. You must notify us immediately upon receipt of goods if they appear to be damaged in any way. All orders will be dispatched within 3 business days, though we always aim to post as soon as possible. Orders placed after 2pm on a Friday, or at weekends will be posted on the next working day. All goods are dispatched by Royal Mail first class, which usually take 1-3 days from date of posting. Please allow up to 14 days for delivery. The Fine Tea Company cannot be held responsible for any loss your incur arising from any postal delay. Postage is usually calculated according to weight of the goods, plus the weight of the packaging. Postage is sometimes calculated on the overall size of the item. The latest latest postage charges can be found here.
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.
10g of this tea will make 16 cups of tea based on using 5g per cup, and using the leaves for 8 infusions.
50g of this tea will make 80 cups of tea based on using 5g per cup, and using the leaves for 8 infusions.
100g of this tea will make 160 cups of tea based on using 5g per cup, and using the leaves for 8 infusions.
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 ‘ripe’ or‘ aged’ tea, whereas the tea that is fermented naturally is called ‘new’, or ‘young’, or ‘raw’ 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.