Pu-Erh is a completely unique type of tea known for its distinctive, ripe and earthy flavour, invocative of the primordial subtropical forests from which the most ancient wild tea leaves were first picked and cultivated.
This is a fermented dark tea as opposed to a black tea and the key to its flavour and character is in the method of processing. Large flat leaves are partially oxidised before being left to naturally develop bacteria and other microbes which give Pu Erh it’s unique flavour.
The resulting cup is dark red in colour with a savoury aroma and bold, robust, ripe and earthy flavours with a fruity finish that hints at grape, plum and cherry.
Pu Erh is famous for its ripe, earthy, woody flavours; distinctive and invocative of the primordial subtropical forests from which the most ancient tea leaves were first picked and cultivated.
Pu Erh hails exclusively from Yunnan in China, an area famous for its pioneering tea plant cultivation and ancient history and traditions surrounding the tea plant and leaves. This historic region also developed the process of fermenting and oxidising tea leaves, both of which helped to improve the flavour of lower quality leaves and to preserve tea leaves for transport and trade - the very evolution that transformed tea from a local herb to an international commodity!
Pu Erh vitally uses both of these processes (oxidisation and fermentation) in order to create its distinctive flavour – unique in the tea world. The whole process starts with large, flat tea leaves from wilder varieties of tea plants which have been fixed but not oxidised (like green tea) to retain their original, wild character. The oxidisation (heating and drying) process then begins, but is stopped short of removing all moisture from the leaves. These leaves are then either left raw (loose) or formed into tightly pressed cakes and bricks where they are left to ferment (the remaining moisture in the leaves are left to develop microbes and natural bacteria) which significantly changes their flavour.
Place two teaspoons per cup into an infuser, filter or teapot. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 4 minutes. Serve immediately.
May contain traces of nuts
Our small sample size caddy is the perfect way to try a new tea.
Contains tea for approximately 14 cups of Black tea.
The refill carton, available in Standard and Large, is a perfect, environmentally friendly way to replenish your Tea Palace Caddies.
Contains enough tea for approximately 60 cups (Standard) or 90 cups (Large) of Black tea.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened tea should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
Our bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Contains tea for approximately 60 cups of Black tea.
Our Large bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your favourite tea fresh.
Contains enough tea for approximately 90 cups of Black tea.
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