Traditional Chinese Yunnan Compressed Fermented Pu'er Tea Cake
What is Puerh Tea?
Puerh is a large leafed tea from the Yunnan province in China and has been famous as a medicinal tea.The earliest records of Puerh tea date back to the Tang Dynasty ( 618AD-906AD ) when it was the favorite tea of the nobleman of this time.Puerh tea over the centuries has been used as a form of currency in China and an important international trading item.
Puerh tea derives its name from the market town of Pu-er,where it was originally processed and sold.It is said that the unique taste of Puerh Tea was developed because it took weeks to transport the tea leaves by horseback to the town to be processed. During this transportation period the tea leaves would begin to ferment in the humidity and release a strong, fragrant aroma,which people found quite pleasant.A special technique of tea fermenting developed and Pu’er was thus created.
The secret of making Puerh tea has been closely guarded in China for centuries.The tea leaves are collected from growers of a special broad-leaf tea tree,which are said to be related to ancient prehistoric tea trees.The leaves go through two types of fermentation, which gives this tea its unique characteristics; a mild, but distinctively earthy flavour.Puerh teas are much like fine wines, which become smoother and more balanced with age. Puerh teas are much lower in tannins than other teas due to the special processing method which it undergoes.
Ripened puer tea is pressed that has been specially processed to imitate aged raw puer. Although it is more commonly known as "cooked puer". So the flavour is very mild and soft, the colour is usually in ember. Ripe puer can be mixed milk and fruits.
Keep this Puer Tea in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight.
Puer is well known for the fact that it is a compressed tea and also that it typically ages well to produce a pleasant drink. Through storage, the tea typically takes on a darker colour and mellower flavour characteristics.