Organic Wild Tree Mini Tuo Cha Pu Erh Tea
organic pu-erh tea Pu-erh tea (also commonly known as 'puer,' 'pu'er,' 'po lei' and 'bolay' tea, and known as 'dark tea' or 'black tea' in China) is a semi-rare type of tea that is made in Yunnan, China. In the West, Pu-erh tea is known for its health benefits, but there are many misconceptions about Pu-erh's flavor, processing, and other attributes. Read on to learn more about this mysterious and oft-misunderstood tea.
Pu-erh Tea's Health Benefits
In traditional Chinese herbalism, Pu-erh tea is considered to open the meridians, 'warm the middle burner' (the spleen and stomach) and be beneficial to 'blood cleansing' and digestion. For these reasons, it is often consumed after heavy meals or drunk as a hangover cure / preventative.
Some studies have shown that Pu-erh may lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and increase metabolism. Pu-erh is occasionally touted as a 'diet tea,' but like all teas, we don't recommend consuming it as a magical weight loss tool, but rather as an enjoyable part of a healthy diet. Some people find that drinking good quality PU-erh tea can induce a state known as 'tea drunkenness.'
It is composed of a select grade of Pu-erh compressed into a small birds' nest shape. Its inky brown infusion is rich and sweetly-flavored, with mineral earthiness and the characteristic musty aroma. Our mini tuo cha uses a higher grade of organic tea than most, resulting in a big body and smooth finish. It hails from the Lincang region of China's southwestern Yunnan province, made from 60-year-old tea trees using the Shu Cha or "cooked" method of manufacture whereby the Pu-erh undergoes an additional fermentation step that speeds-up the aging process. Each mini tuo cha is individually wrapped and perfect for a small teapot or can be broken apart to accommodate a single serving. Like most pu-erh, one mini tuo cha of this organic Chinese tea can be steeped multiple times. Don't forget to remove the wrapping before the tea is steeped.
One of the more distinctive characteristics of Pu-erh tea is its many shapes. Pu-erh commonly comes in shaped forms, such as bricks, cakes (which are disc-shaped and also known as 'bing cha') and 'tuo cha' (which are shaped like tiny bowls). These shapes make the transport and storage of Pu-erh convenient.
Pu-erh may also be in loose form (like other loose-leaf teas) or packed into pomelo fruit or bamboo stalks. Occasionally, it is available in teabags.
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