Puerh Tea Puer
Pu'er tea also known as “puer” or “puerh”in westen country. Cantonese gets it's name from the city Pu'er in south western China, where the trade for Pu-erh tea was conducted. Not far from Pu-erh city in the areas of Xishuangbanna and Simao, south of Yunnan Province the cultivation and processing of Pu'er tea was carried out to today. With elevations of up to 2000 metres, it is high up in these mountains where the air is cool and crisp, amidst scenes of unspoiled beauty and fertile lands that the tea plantations for this unique tea can be found. The secrets for processing Pu-erh tea are carefully guarded and in the past trespassers mistaken as spys have been known to be killed on private tea plantations. To this day the tea secrets for Pu'er production remains ruthlessly guarded and it is only in China where genuine Pu'er tea can be produced.
Throughout tea history Pu'er tea is well known for it's unique ability to undergo a post fermentation process designed for further aging. Like classic wines this aging process allows these fine teas to develop added complexity to its character while shedding it's harsh youthful elements. The active microbes living within the tea has lead Pu'er tea to be known as the "Living Tea". This continuous evolution is very exciting for collectors of Pu'er tea who likes to follow closely the transformation of their fine teas after each passing year. Many believe that it is from these active microbes that Pu'er tea gets it's many health benefits and reknown as a traditional medicinal tea with restorative powers.
A popular and insightful story about Pu-erh tea tells of a grandfather who makes fine teas for his grandson to enjoy. Pu-erh teas are stored and left to mature for decades like classic wines. These premium teas can fetch astronomical prices at auctions and are worth their weight in gold, often times more.
Pu'er tea has a wide spectrum of taste and aroma that is very compelling and at times uncompromising. Ranging from lightly floral, honey, heather and fruits to harsh peat, leather, organics, grass, tobacco, wood and deep earth, the taste and aromas of these fine teas are exceptionally varied. The color of young Pu-erh tea can start from a golden yellow of summer hay before developing to a deep reddish brown reminiscent of the sunset after 30 years of aging. Black Pu-erh has an imposing aroma of heavy earth that is comparable to the sweet fragrance of mineral deposits emerging from deep within the forest floor after a heavy downpour. Good Pu-erh tea has excellent clarity and clean flavors that is warming to both the body and soul.
Treasured and highly prized throughout it’s history, Pu-erh tea was once used by traders as tea money covering vast areas of Asia (China, Mongolia, Tibet and Russia)