The history of Pu-ehr tea in China’s Yunnan Province began around 1700 years ago. That was a time when tea was traded via the Tea Horse Road from Yunnan via Tibet to India. Teas were compressed into cakes because it was easier to transport them in that form. The journey often took months, and loose green tea leaves sensitive to temperature and humidity changed and fermented over the long journey. This resulted in a different, more complex, and very rich tea.
Wild Pu-erh tea trees over hundreds and even thousands of years old still remain and produce the most prized and collected Pu-erh tea in China.
Our tea is sourced directly from villages within these famous mountain regions.
Pu-ehr tea assists with weight loss by stimulating the metabolic system and and also has the benefit of lowering cholesterol levels. These qualities have earned Pu-ehr tea a celebrity following. Pu-ehr tea is also good for the stomach, improving bacterial flora much like a probiotic. It aids digestion, particularly of fatty foods, making it a great tea to drink after heavy meals. It is also said to improve circulation and, additionally, the Chinese have long drunk Pu-ehr to help alleviate hangovers!
Throughout history, Pu-erh tea has been associated with important health benefits. New studies point to evidence that these healing properties have a scientific basis. Pu-erh tea contains high levels of polyphenols, such as flavonoids, catechins, and theaflavin, which are known for their antioxidant activity. Consumption of tea is being studied for being beneficial in:
– Lowering blood cholesterol levels.
– Boosting the flow of blood and enhancing circulation.
– Reducing the risk of cancer.
– Reducing blood pressure.
– Enhancing immune function.
– Helping to break down and reduce fat in the system.
– Helping to remove toxins.
– Lowering the risk of stroke.
- Aiding digestion.
Green and Black
Pu-erh tea can be divided into 2 types based on the processes used in the production.
Green pu-erh, also known as raw pu-erh tea is made through simple sundry process like green tea.
The Black pu-erh, is also called cooked (fermented) pu-erh is made through a process called heating pile.
Added water to leaves and fermented within a controlleenvironment to achieve the desired ferment.
Aging your pu-erh
If you are interested in aging your Pu-erh, we recommend you choose the compressed type (tea cake, brick, etc). Storing Pu-ehr tea is not difficult at all. Here are a few tips: – Keep the tea away from sunlight and heat. – Keep the tea in a clean and dry environment. – Keep the tea away from places with strong odours. – Provide good ventilation.
Aged and New
The greatest fascination of Pu-erh tea is that the longer it is preserved, the better it will taste. This is especially true with green Pu-erh. After going through the natural post-fermentation involving years of aging, it develops a very desirable and special taste and fragrance. Some prized Pu-erh teas are more than 50 years old and are very rare and highly collectable. Seven pieces of Pu-erh tea cake had been preserved for 80 years, and were auctioned for more than $215,225 in 2010.
Although green Pu-erh tastes great from its first year of production, generally it will benefit with time and be ready for drinking after 2 to 3 years, with the best results at more than 10 years. Black (Fermented) Pu-erh is ready to drink straight away and 5-10 year old black Pu-erh has amore smooth and rich taste.