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Pu'Er Tea

COMPRESSED TEA FROM YUNNAN PROVINCE - CHINA

 

Year 2005

250g

CAD$ 25.00

 

 

Year 1998

330g

CAD$ 40.00

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Loose Pu'Er

China Yunnan black tea.

50g / 1.77oz CAD$   5.00
100g / 3.53oz CAD$   9.50
250g / 8.82oz CAD$  23.00
500g / 1.1LB CAD$  44.00
1 kg / 2.2LB CAD$  86.00

 

 

Pu’Er is a large leafed tea from the Yunnan province in China and has been famous as a medicinal tea. The earliest records of Pu’Er tea date back to the Tang Dynasty ( 618AD-906AD ) when it was the favorite tea of the nobleman of this time. Pu’er tea over the centuries has been used as a form of currency in China and an important international trading item. Pu’re tea was at one time very well known in northern Canada among the northern native people, who were trading across the Bering Strait.

Pu’Er tea derives its name from the market town of Pu-er, where it was originally processed and sold, but it is grown on the Nuoshan Mountains. It is said that the unique taste of  Pu’Er 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 Pu’er 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. Pu’er requires a minimum of 10 years to mature and gets only better with age. Pu’er teas are much like fine wines, which become smoother and more balanced with age. Pu’Er teas are much lower in tannins than other teas due to the special processing method which it undergoes.

 

 

Health Benefits

( please note that the following list of benefits are for interest only and should not be taken as absolute fact! Always check with your physician! )

Pu’Er tea has been celebrated since the Tang Dynasty ( 618AD-906AD ) for its health benefits and curative powers in certain diseases. Modern medical science has recently shown that the health benefits of Pu’er tea may be more than just Chinese folklore. Since 1970 France, Japan and China have been conducting many scientific studies on Pu’Er tea which suggest that it may:

 

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reduce cholesterol in the blood stream

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reduce body weight

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help to reduce high blood pressure, heart & liver diseases related to high saturated fat diets

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detoxify the liver

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help prevent intestinal infection, digestive problems and constipation

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help to prevent the formation of cancer cells in the body due to its anti-oxidants

 

BREWING PU'ER TEA

It is best to use boiling water with Pu’er tea, so that it will release its earthy flavour. Steeping  2-3 chrysanthemum blossoms with the tea adds a natural sweetness to the tea and will smooth the earthy flavour of the tea.

 

 

200g Brick: $ 20.00

400g Brick: $ 40.00

Fu Cha / Probiotic Dark Tea

 

Fu Cha or “Golden Flower Tea “is a famous, pressed dark tea from Hunan Province in China. It was traditionally only processed during the 3 hottest days of summer according to the Lunar calendar.  It’s a new tea to the Western world, but has been in production in Hunan since the 1860’s. The most important feature of Fu Cha is the “golden flowers” which lace the inside of the brick. The “Golden Flowers” (Eurotium Cristatum) are naturally occurring microorganisms/bacteria which develop during the final fermentation stage of the processing of Fu Cha. The temperature, humidity, and compression of the brick are all closely monitored to ensure the successful growth of the “golden flowers”.  The quality of the brick is determined by the density of “golden flowers” inside the brick.

 

Fu Cha has a very different flavour profile than Pu ‘Er Tea. Fu Cha has sweet under notes with no earthiness, after taste or astringency. It’s a very straight forward tea and does not linger on your taste buds. It’s a very soothing tea after a heavy, rich meal. Milk can be added to Fu Cha, but it does weaken the pleasant sweetness of the tea.

 

Many health claims are made about Fu Cha because of the microorganisms that form in the compressed brick. Studies have indicated that Fu Cha may have the following health benefits: (the below is for information only and does not replace the advice of a physician)

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Aid in digestion

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Metabolize fat

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Lower blood sugar

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Regulate cholesterol and blood pressure

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Antibacterial Properties

 

Fu Cha is definitely one of the more interesting teas to enter the Western Market recently. It’s unique, but retains all the familiar taste of an excellent black tea. It’s easily accepted and enjoyed by most!