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Enjoyed for centuries in China as an aid to digestion, puerh is perhaps best known in the West for its reputed health benefits - the list includes everything from weight loss to anti-ageing, from reducing cholesterol to curing a hangover.
Some may claim that puerh is a bit of an acquired taste, and it's true that the strong, slightly earthy flavour can be quite overpowering for some palates. Using a base of exceptionally high quality puerh we've created a new variety for those who love a classic chai, blending the tea leaves with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and orange peel. The warming spices are highlighted by the smooth, clear taste of the base, creating the perfect balance between strength and subtlety.
Flavoured Puerh Tea
Strong, dark and spicy
Enjoy alone or with festive treats, in the winter
After a heavy supper
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.
Love it.. by Liz on 9th January 2017
I am a regular masala chai drinker, and usually have it without sugar and a small amount of milk, so I really love the spicy taste. This one is perfect. I have never had a puerh tea before, and it has clear clean taste, and goes very well with the spices mixed. My favourite right now.
Favourite Tea by James Dawson on 15th December 2016
I love this tea, I make at least one pot per day and take it with a good slice of lemon. It has a wonderful spicy black pepper flavour which is intense but perfect for me.
Not nice by Tom on 3rd November 2016
The blend smells very strongly of spicy crab cakes and is extremely unpleasant due to the low quality Puerh used. As a big fan of both Puerh and Chai tea this came as a massive disappointment. I expected better from Whittard considering how nice their Mandarin Puerh usually is.
Reply from Whittard, 7th November 2016
"We actually use the same puerh tea in both blends so there is no alteration in the base, but the flavour/spices have a large impact. We selected the spices to try to complement the strength of the puerh, so they are quite intense. Black pepper is a key component which can add to the spicy taste. I’m really sorry that you have been disappointed, and we can happily replace the tea with Mandarin Puerh, to give you something you enjoy more. Our Taste Guarantee will always allow you to return/replace any item you get from us, and I hope this will make up for the disappointment.
The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…
Yunnan Province in the far south west of China is considered the home of puerh, producing some of the finest varieties. The Province stretches across 394,000 km2, so we've numbered this tea 394 to reference its roots.
Flavoured Puerh Tea
Finding fame as a fashionable health brew, few know that quality pu-erh tea can also be rather delicious. Our elegantly clear-tasting pu-erh is the perfect match for breezy lemon verbena and tangerine, adding a bright citrus freshness to the famously full-bodied brew. After all, why choose between the carrot and the stick?More Details
Grown purely in China's Yunnan Province, pu-erh tea is specially fermented to create a dark cup with a rich, slightly earthy flavour, reputed to boost weight-loss. Some say that pu-erh is an acquired taste, but our smooth, clear-tasting style of pu-erh is substantially full-bodied without a hint of heaviness.More Details
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