Pu erh Tea News

Like wine, Pu erh tea has is known to improve with age. In some cases, this fascinating brew has undergone a special fermentation process which can last anywhere between 30 days and 30 years.

Produced exclusively in the Yunnan Province of South West China, Pu erh Tea has two distinctive processing methods  Pu erh goes through an ‘artificial’ method of fermentation and is oxidized prior to this, creating an distinct flavour which is largely considered to be more of an everyday blend.

Pu erh tea’s story is thought to have begun during the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), when merchants carrying large quantities of tea begun to compress the leaves into bricks. These bricks of tea were easier to transport over long distances and difficult terrain, which in many cases meant periods of months, sometimes years on the road.

It was during this time that their shipments underwent an incredible and dramatic change which saw the colour of the tea transform from green to amber and eventually to dark teak.

Meanwhile the taste of the tea became livelier, richer, fruitier and smoother. This phenomenon had occurred when microbes acted on the tea, causing biological and enzymatic changes.

Pu-erh was born, and with it came further experimentation with the aging process. In recent years, a 357 gram 1950’s Red Chop Pu erh tea disc can sell for over £8,000 for those extravagant enough to afford such an exquisite brew.

Alas, age is not the only thing Pu erh can have on its side. Since its discovery, there have been many western studies into the Health Benefits of Pu erh Tea which have recognised its ability to aid digestion, lower levels of cholesterol, and reduce the absorption of fat and sugar – making it an ample friend in slimming diets.

  1. Pu erh Tea Benefits

    Pu erh Tea Benefits

    Pu erh Tea is a tea treasured in China; however, very few have known of it in the west until recent times. It has quite the reputation and is noted as being earthy, bold and indulgent in flavour and the recent well documented Pu erh Tea Benefits. And the indulgence of Pu erh Tea is now spreading outside of Yunnan, outside Read more...
  2. 5 Good Reasons to Drink Pu-erh Tea

    5 Good Reasons to Drink Pu-erh Tea

    Pu-erh tea is packed full of really good stuff and can help fight some of the conditions which challenge good health. Here are five of the best reasons to drink pu-erh tea (pronounced ‘poo-air’) 1, Pu-erh Tea Helps Aids Weight Loss Scientific studies have shown that pu-erh tea suppresses fatty acid synthesis. This means it can actually stop your body Read more...
  3. Pu erh Tea - Healthy Slimming Tea

    Pu erh Tea - Healthy Slimming Tea

    What is Pu erh Tea? Pu erh Tea (pronounced as Poo-er) comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the same plant used to make Green Tea, Black Tea, Oolong Tea and White Tea. Although the same leaf is used, it goes through a different process. Green Tea is not fermented, Oolong Tea is partially fermented, while Black Tea is completely fermented and Read more...
  4. Lose Weight with Pu erh Tea

    Lose Weight with Pu erh Tea

    Pu erh Tea is produced exclusively in Yunnan Provence in South West China, mainly in Xishuangbanna, close to the Laos border. The taste and intrigue of Pu erh Tea comes from the fermentation process involved in creating it, using the bacteria, moulds and fungi that flourishes in the tropical weather of Xishuangbanna. These simple organisms create the mellow and sweet aftertaste of Read more...

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