Famed for its health properties and having a character described as elemental, musty and with dank earthy tones.
The leaves are picked, rolled, withered in the hot sun, after which they are steamed and pressed into cakes. This Pu-erh is broken up out of the cakes to make it easier to deal with. The steaming process generates some moisture and when compressed (without drying) into the cakes, in the course of time the tea takes on a musty and earthy character. Pu-erh that gets somewhat mouldy before it naturally dries is considered the best. Pu-erh is then stored for years. As with wine, young Pu-erh is considered the least valuable whereas Pu-erh 5 years or older is more highly prized. The taste of Pu-erh becomes more mellow with age and perhaps more acceptable to the western palate.
The flavour has been described as mellow, however, those not accustomed to it might not enjoy the old character.
Origin: ChinaIngredients: Black tea (Pu-erh style)
Region: Yunnan Province
Caffeine Guide: Medium
Growing Altitudes: 1500 – 4900 feet above sea level
Antioxidant Content: Medium
Grade: Pu-erh 1 year vintage
Infusion Colour: Dull, black
Process: Special Pu-erh process, Hand crafted.
Wrapped Gift Set Details
100g of your chosen loose leaf tea in a metal matt black Airseal caddy
Arts and Crafts style Empress tea strainer with drip bowl
One perfect cup of tea measuring spoon quality 18/10 s steel
All gift wrapped in a sturdy reusable kraft presentation box with ribbon and tag (Christmas tag from 1 Nov to 22 Dec and plain red rest of year unless requested