Pu erh Tea

Like a fine wine, Pu erh Tea gets better with age. Grown exclusively in the Yunnan province of China, this extraordinarily unique Black Tea type has an unparalleled reputation. Not only is its taste like no other, but also its health benefits, according to the latest scientific research.

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Puerh Tea (pronounced “Poo-air” Tea) is one of the most oxidised types of Tea in the world. Like Champagne from the Champagne region of France, Tequila from the Tequila region of Mexico and Darjeeling Tea from the Darjeeling district of India, “official” Pu erh Tea can only be produced in 11 cities and 639 towns in the Yunnan province.

Famously, Puerh Loose Tea is most commonly compressed into a so-called “Tea cake”; however, there are exceptions to this rule, and The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company does, in fact, sell Pu erh Leaf Teas, too. Nevertheless, a compressed Pu erh Tea cake can be kept for generations, which in turn develops a distinct mellowness in cup when brewed.

No one knows the precise origins of Puerh Tea, although some historians suggest it dates back to the Han Dynasty (25 - 220 CE). What is known for sure, however, is that Puerh Tea became popular during the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) and more still during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 CE).

The first Pu erh Tea would have likely been a type of Green Tea, but nowadays, Black Pu erh Teas are significantly more popular. These same Black Puerh Teas, when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, can boost the metabolism, enabling the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently; lower cholesterol, leading to the improvement of cardiovascular health; and even enhance cognitive function, thus reducing the risks of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Furthermore, some studies have suggested correlations between the frequent consumption of this Tea and, believe it or not, hangover relief! In other words, brewing up a cup of Pu erh Tea after a “night on the town” could, very potentially, ease that nasty headache and nauseous stomach!

What can it do for you? Are you here for the taste, the history or the health benefits? Whatever your reason may be, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have a brew for you. Explore our selection of Puerh Teas and find your new favourite morning cup of tea today.

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