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Pu Erh Tea
Slowly sip this ancient tonic, get lost in its earthy aromas and experience the balance of its mild bitterness followed by its sweet aftertaste.
Slowly sip this ancient Chinese tonic, get lost in its earthy aromas and experience the balance of its mild bitterness followed by a sweet aftertaste. With a long list of health benefits and a unique flavour profile, this fermented and aged tea is one for the true connoisseurs.
Pu-erh tea is an ancient Chinese tea produced in the Yunnan province of China. Those who buy Pu-erh tea are interested in both its distinctive taste and its many attributed health benefits. From exceptional powers for digestion to weight loss and stress reduction — there’s a lot of power in the Pu-erh tea leaves. While there is no question this tea is loaded with antioxidants, the jury is out on how to pronounce the name correctly. Phonetically, it varies between ‘pew-ur’ to ‘poo-air’ and everything in between. One thing is for sure, it’s Shaolin for your insides and pure Zen for your tastebuds.
Benefits of drinking Pu-erh tea
Made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, a larger leaf than for making green, oolong and black teas, Pu-erh tea shares many of their health benefits. In fact, it is similarly rich in antioxidants, but contains a higher amount of caffeine. The benefits of drinking Pu-erh tea include:
- Supporting your digestion — Regarded by some as a “functional food”, Pu-erh tea is excellent after a meal to help with digestion. Believed to encourage bowel movement, this tea may even aid with relieving constipation. Being lightly fermented, Pu-erh tea is also said to provide a helpful boost to your overall digestive system health.
- Encouraging improved blood circulation — Full of antioxidants, drinking Pu-erh tea regularly can act to support your blood in absorbing and carrying more oxygen around the body and to all our organs.
- Aiding in mitigating migraines and headaches — By offering a calming and relaxing effect paired with its role in encouraging optimal blood circulation and its obvious hydrating powers, this tea is a great choice for those who suffer from painful headaches.
- Reducing free radicals — Also due to its antioxidant content, Pu-erh tea can assist in our bodies’ fight to control and limit free radicals and their damaging effects.
- Losing weight — If you are working on shaking off a few extra kilos, then add drinking Pu-erh tea to your healthy diet and exercise routine. Some studies have indicated that this tea plays a role in reducing your bodies’ ability to synthesize fatty acids, which would help in your dieting effort.
- Lowering your cholesterol level — While this claim is still not scientifically proven, some early studies have shown that Pu-erh tea contains small amounts of lovastatin (a chemical found in prescription medicine used to lower cholesterol). Created during the fermentation process, more research needs to be done to definitively prove this health benefit of drinking Pu-erh tea. However, enjoying a delicious cup of premium tea is guaranteed!
Refined Pu-erh tea
A well-balanced, flavoursome Pu-erh tea undergoes many processes before it is ready to be brewed. After drying and fermentation, Pu-erh bricks or cakes are aged for years so that their individual flavour notes are refined and perfected. Like a fine wine, Pu-erh tea only gets better with age. When stored properly, beautiful flavours emerge — many have been developing for years and become incredibly valuable, with some selling for thousands of dollars.
What does Pu-erh tea taste like?
Depending on how long it has been aged for and the specific processing method, Pu-erh tea taste will vary greatly. Younger Pu-erh teas are mellower and lighter, while longer-aged ones have stronger earthy and malty flavours. When it comes to our range, the flavours in our Pu-erh tea will vary slightly, mainly depending on how many years it has been stored and aged for before we package it and bring it to you ready to drink.
Our Pu-erh tea that has been stored for 10 years has a fresh herbaceous aroma. You’ll find it full-bodied, with a malty taste and a faint wood scent. The other blend currently in stock, a Pu-erh stored for 20 years, is distinctly malty and finishes with a sweet aftertaste. Regarded by most as an acquired taste, there is no better place to get started on discovering this marvelous brew than by buying Pu-erh tea online at Tea Drop.
How to drink Pu-erh tea
Often referred to as the after-dinner elixir, a cup of these strongly brewed tea leaves is thought to be the ultimate sip for digestion. Pu-erh tea is traditionally served as part of a ritual called Gong Fu brewing, where the tea is served at hot temperatures and meant to be sipped slowly and delicately. However, thanks to its delightfully mild flavours, Pu-erh can also be extremely refreshing when served cold — drinkers choice! Commonly served with hot water alone, you can also add a little milk to suit your taste buds, creating a nourishing sweet sip.
How to prepare Pu-erh tea
If you are buying Pu-erh tea for the first time and want some guidance on how to prepare it, follow these instructions for a delicious hot cup:
1. Heat water to 95-100℃
2. Pour 230ml of hot water on 1 1/2 teaspoons of Pu-erh
3. Steep for 1 to 2 minutes
4. Ready to enjoy as is or with a touch of milk
Can we interest you in a cup?
Shop online at Tea Drop today and discover our selection of Chinese Pu-erh tea in Australia. All of our tea leaves are handpicked with care — ready for you to enjoy at the convenience of your home. When shopping for Pu-erh tea online, there is no better place to order from than Tea Drop. Our tea range is renowned for its quality and flavour profile, which is why whether you want a delicate white tea or a strong-tasting Pu-erh tea, we will have exactly what you are looking for.
If you have any questions about our range of Pu-erh tea, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.