Pu erh Tea
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Pu erh Tea is like a fine wine, it only gets better with age. It is grown exclusively in the Yunnan province of China and often left to age in dark, humid conditions for many years. Only recently have Puerh Teas become popular in the West, but since then, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have led the way in increasing its popularity further still.
Our Pu erh Tea offers a sweet, mellow taste, as well as some surprising health benefits. In fact, according to the latest scientific research, all Pu erh Teas are capable of combating free radicals in the body, which are the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation. By neutralising free radicals, the frequent consumption of Pu erh Tea can reduce the risks of developing a multitude of chronic conditions, most notably cardiovascular disease.
Studies have also suggested correlations between Pu erh Tea consumption and enhanced cognitive function, as well as improved oral health and a boosted metabolism, thus enabling the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently, ultimately helping one to lose weight. With our Pu erh Tea, the possibilities are nearly endless, most importantly, how great it tastes! Is it your cup of Tea? Find out today.
Like Champagne from the Champagne region of France, Tequila from the Tequila region of Mexico and Darjeeling from the Darjeeling district of India, “official” Pu erh must be grown in only 11 cities and 639 towns in the Yunnan province of China. It was a rule first enforced by the government of the People’s Republic of China in 2008; however, the nearby provinces of Guangdong and Hunan, regions that previously grew, harvested and produced Pu erh Teas, have since criticised the move. But for many, the limitations are welcome as it enables the Chinese government, as well as all importing countries, to authenticate the “brand”.
All producing areas in the Yunnan tea province boast near-perfect growing conditions for this tea, including heavy rainfall and warm, humid climates. Four regions, in particular, are noted as being the most crucial to this Industry; these are Baoshan, Lincang, Pu’er (formerly Simao) and Xishuangbanna.
The Baoshan area is thought to be the first residence of human settlers in western Yunnan. It has mild winters and summers, and is known for its thick and full Tea trees. Lincang, in southwest Yunnan, is arguably the central area for Pu erh Black Tea production and is also home to the renowned Fengqing variety of Puerh Loose Tea.
Pu’er, meanwhile, is made up of several regions, each with its own variety of Puerh Tea. Many centuries ago, Pu’er City acted as the provincial hub for Tea distribution. Finally, Xishuangbanna is home to some of the most popular Pu erh Teas in the world, while also being home to the famous six Tea mountains, which are covered in many thousand-year-old Tea trees.
According to some records, Pu erh was first created in the Han Dynasty (25 - 220 CE), although seldom do historians agree. Regardless, its popularisation occurred during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 CE). Interestingly, the last Emperor of China, Pu Yi (b. 1906 - d. 1967; reigning 1908 - 1912), favoured Dragon Well Green Tea in the summer and Pu-erh Tea in the winter.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: The Yunnan province, China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider adding milk to this Tea, although we believe it tastes best when served black.
Tasting Notes: Our Pu erh Tea offers all the wonderful flavours you’ve long come to expect of these particularly special beverages. It is balanced perfectly between bitter and sweet, also offering distinctly earthy and woody notes.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits of Pu erh Tea: Most types of Black Tea offer similar Health Benefits, yet some scientists have argued that Pu erh Tea may be even more efficient in its health-promoting potential. One study conducted by the United States Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has already suggested that it is exceptionally adept at reducing body weight owing to its prevalence of catechins, which are beneficial antioxidants.
Furthermore, a Chinese study conducted at the Kunming Medical College saw 86 volunteers with unusually high levels of blood cholesterol split into two groups, with the first group of 55 patients being given a cup of Puerh Tea three times a day, the second an unnamed Cholesterol-lowering drug.
The results established a 64.29% reduction in “bad” LDL Cholesterol in the Tea-drinking group. The drug group, meanwhile, showed only a minimal improvement in reduction at just 66.67%. While the drug was proven to be more effective, the study likewise established the Cholesterol-lowering ability of Puerh Tea when consumed on a frequent basis.
Health PointsCholesterol, Detox, Digestive, Hydration, Immune System, Weight Loss
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime