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An attractive leaf that brews a strong cup. Fermented and aged to perfection, this Pu-erh gives you a smooth cup.
General Brewing Instructions: 1 tsp per 8 oz cup of boiling water (212°F), Seep 3-5 minutes.
Fun info on Pu-erh
Pu-erh or Pu’er is a dark tea that originated in the Yunnan province of China. These tea leaves undergo microbial fermentation and oxidation after they are dried and rolled. Dark tea is different from western black tea. Pu-erh can be aged, unlike other teas which grow stale, pu-erh can mellow and improve with age. Some Pu-erhs are aged over 50 years and some can even sell for many thousands of dollars. Pu-erh comes compressed and loose leaf.
A brief history of Pu-erh.
The history of Pu-Erh can be traced back to “Pu Tea” of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 CE) with the drying of leaves in the sun in Yunnan province. The plants in this region have large, soft leaves spaced far apart on large, tough stems. Pu-erh tea was exported as compressed, aged green Pu-Erh Tea, dating back to the 7th century. However they needed a tea that did not spoil on the long trips, various fermentation methods and compressed shapes evolved to make transport easier. They found that Pu-erh tea actually improved with age. People found Pu-Erh Tea helped with digestion and provided important nutrients not available in their local diets. Pu-Erh was also very affordable, so drinking Pu-Erh Tea became popular with every class.
Then in 1391, in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 CE), the first Ming Emperor ordered the abolition of all moon-shaped, compressed tea. He felt people were wasting too much time in the manufacturing of Pu-erh. Only loose leaf tea would be permitted. This was called Pu Cha.
In 1879, the British and French, in their quest for black tea, set up customs offices in Simao. Tea export increased and the ancient remains of the famous Pu-Erh Tea Horse Roads which radiated throughout Asia, carrying the horses and tea caravans are a national heritage.
For your Friday! Time relax and get ready for the weekend. A great way to enjoy this evening is by making yourself and friends a Pu-Erh Old Fashion.
Here is the recipe! Enjoy!
For the Pu-erh infused Bourbon:
1 cup (8 ounces) bourbon
2 tablespoons Green Rich Tea’s Organic Pu-erh tea
For the Pu-erh Old Fashioned:
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 dashes Angostura bitters
A few drops water
2 ounces Pu-erh infused Bourbon
Garnish: Lemon twist (optional)
1. For the Pu-erh infused Bourbon: Combine the tea and bourbon in a jar and cover the jar. Let steep at room temperature for 2 hours. Strain the tea leaves and discard. Store infused bourbon in a sealed jar.
2. For the Pu-erh Old Fashioned: Put the sugar in an old fashioned glass then add the bitters. Add just enough water to saturate the sugar and muddle the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. If you don't have a muddler, use the end of a wooden spoon handle. Add the bourbon and top with ice. Stir 10 seconds to chill and combine; garnish with lemon twist if desired.
Pu-erh contains trace amounts of Lovastatin, one of the most effective cholesterol lowering agents out there. Many people are even prescribed lovastatin to help lower their cholesterol. This is in addition to what Pu-erh is best known for, its ability to inhibit an enzyme complex called FAS (Fatty acid synthase). FAS is linked to obesity and cancer. Pu-erh also contains GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) a neurotransmitter that promotes mood stability and anxiety reduction.
You can read more about these studies:
Yang DJ, Hwang LS. Study on the conversion of three natural statins from lactone forms to their corresponding hydroxy acid forms and their determination in Pu-Erh tea. J Chromatogr A 2006;1119:277-84.
Abdou AM, Higashiguchi S, Horie K, Kim M, Hatta H, Yokogoshi H. Relaxation and immunity enhancement effects of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) administration in humans. BioFactors 2006;26:201-8.
Pu-Erh has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine and herbalism for centuries. Pu-erh is said to open the meridians and cleanse the blood while aid ing in digestions. Because of this Pu-erh is normally drunk after a greasy and heavy meal. The energy of Pu-erh is Yin. It is cooling and astringent by nature. Pu-erh can help consolidate energy in the body rather than scattering it. When you drink caffeinated tea you will typically experience increased energy, but a smoother, more even-keeled flow without the highs and lows.
In Chinese Medicine it is believed that Pu-erh tea has greater health benefits than other teas. Pu-erh tea goes through a special fermentation process that makes it very beneficial to the digestive system, or Spleen as describe it in Chinese Medicine. Many people have very weak digestion and excess weight and it has everything to do with food and drink that create "internal dampness" in the body. In Chinese medicine, "dampness" refers to the build up of negative, sluggish energy in the body that results from consuming excessive processed foods, sugars, dairy, alcohol and other substances that slow down digestion and nutrient assimilation. Pu-erh tea has the ability to reduce this internal dampness by invigorating the Spleen and the Stomach to work in harmony, aiding proper digestion and elimination. It is often used medicinally to help lower cholesterol, remove toxins from the body, cure dysentery, induce weight loss, improve eyesight and promote blood circulation.