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Our Imperial Puerh is a particularly fine variety from the home of puerh tea, Yunnan Province in China. Unlike many lesser quality puerhs which tend to be heavy and musty, this is a clear-tasting and richly flavoursome tea, substantially full-bodied without a hint of heaviness. You'll find the earthy notes are beautifully balanced by a fresh, clean sweetness, and the result is surprisingly refreshing.
There's no tea quite like puerh. It's the only tea to be fermented alongside the usual oxidation process using healthy microbes and microflora: the bacteria required for a healthy digestive system. As a result, puerh has long been viewed as an aid to digestion and weight loss - over the centuries, it has been claimed to reduce cholesterol, combat ageing, reduce the risk of heart disease and help with circulation, to name but a few of the reputed benefits. However, a good puerh is far more than just a medical brew.
Strong and earthy, yet clean and refreshing
Enjoy with dim sum in the traditional Hong Kong style
After a long lnch
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.
If your new to pu erh you grow to love it by Trusar Shah on 22nd May 2017
I am new to ripe and raw pu erh teas. at first I was unsure if i liked the tea. after a few cups I grew to appreciate the tea. the wet tea leaves smell earthy, sweet with a hint of agarwood. the taste of the tea is sweet and earthy with hints of clove. Im sure there are more flavours and notes missing in this review (maybe vanilla leather, moss camphor etc), so please try it and see for yourself.
Excellent tasting Puerh tea by Ian Ormesher on 20th November 2016
I've drunk a lot of Puerh tea over the years, and this particular version tastes quite sophisticated. It still has that characteristic "earthy" taste, but doesn't leave you feeling like you've just drunk a cup of tea and soil! I would highly recommend it - but not too much, in case they run out of stock ;-)
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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…
Aged puerh can fetch staggeringly high prices when sold at auction. Hong Kong's first auction dedicated to tea took place in 2013, with a single cake of puerh going for just over £30,000. Our puerh might not be so pricey, but we've given this tea the number 30 as a mark of its distinguished quality.
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
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