This site has limited support for your browser. We recommend switching to Edge, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

Shopping Cart

Your cart is empty

Continue Shopping

No. 80

Yunnan Pu-Erh - Loose Leaf Tea

Aged Chinese Fermented Tea

Age becomes this luxury loose-leaf pu-erh from Yunnan. Fermented for up to five years by artisan producers, it’s a complex, earthy and authentic Chinese tea.

From: Yunnan Province, China

LOOSE LEAF TEA
Purchase Options
Delivery Frequency
Delivery Info

Shipping policy

Christmas Delivery Schedule

UK Delivery

UK Standard Delivery via Royal Mail - 17th December 2021

UK Tracked Delivery via DPD - 21st December 2021

UK Next Day Delivery - 22nd December 2021

 

EU & Rest of the World

Standard / Economy - This might not arrive before Christmas.

Tracked - 17th December 2021

 

*We aim to dispatch all orders within 1-2 days of receiving your request. However, this can vary during peak times and other conditions outside of our control. Therefore, the below estimates of shipping times have been provided by our couriers.

 

UK Deliveries

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

European Deliveries


Currently, there are some delays with sending parcels to EU countries from the UK. This is due to the UK leaving the European Union. We will keep you updated with any notifications as they happen.

Please note that a tracking number is not provided for EU Standard deliveries. For the latest information regarding the status of our delivery partners, please see the following links: DPD (UK) - Service Updates DHL | COVID-19 (simplydhl.com)

CUSTOMS CHARGES: All commercial goods arriving from the UK are subject to VAT, Import Duty and a handling fee in the country receiving the goods.

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Economy

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Tracked

From £15.95

Feedex

3-5 days, up to 8*, Tracked

*Most deliveries will be made within the usual time-frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

 

Rest of the World

 

Method

Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

International Buyers (Including EU) – Please Note:


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

The origins of our Yunnan Pu-erh aged Chinese Tea


Grown and harvested in China, this authentic loose-leaf aged raw Pu-erh is a testament to the artisanship of traditional producers in the ancient tea-growing region of Yunnan province. Deep brown, with orange-tinged leaves, our Yunnan Pu-erh aged Chinese tea makes a rich amber-coloured infusion that needs nothing added – just your attention as you focus on its complex, earthy characters.

Gently rolled, sun dried and left to age for up to five years, this single-origin luxury tea showcases all the musky, wet woodland notes of an outstanding Yunnan province Pu-erh. It's high in caffeine, so you can enjoy it as an appetite-suppressing brew between meals, or you can sip it an hour or so after you've eaten, to help aid digestion.

Boasting exceptional earthy, woody notes and a sweet finish, our Yunnan loose-leaf tea belongs to the 'Raw' category of Pu-erh, or 'Sheng' teas – made from the assamica variety of Camellia sinensis known in China as Da Ye Zhong (meaning 'large leaf type'). Sheng Pu-er's flavour changes over time, as the leaves are stored and left to age naturally, sometimes for decades, with the process of oxidation and fermentation triggered by microbial fermentation and fungus as opposed to enzyme changes in the leaves. When aged and stored correctly, the tea yields a strong yet clean and smooth flavour, sometimes with toasty or sweet undertones. Hence these teas are among the most prized in China.

The health benfits and history of this Pu Erh


What are the health benefits of Pu-erh tea?


While less studied than green and black teas, Pu-erh – which, in the first stage of production, is processed in the same way as green teas – has been linked to several health benefits. These include lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and in particular 'bad' LDL cholesterol – possibly due to the presence of lovastatin, produced by the fungi that occur in Pu-erh teas during the fermentation process. As a fermented product, Pu-erh tea may also contribute to gut health by introducing beneficial bacteria into the microbiome.


The history of Pu-erh teas


Pu-erh teas have been globally renowned since the late 1990s, when their popularity and price reached stratospheric levels, a situation which lasted until the market crashed in 2007. Still, as China's most famous fermented teas, these fascinating earthy brews remain in great demand today, beloved for their mellow campfire qualities and ability to age, much like a fine wine.

True Pu-erh teas come from Yunnan, south-western China, and are named for Pu'er city in the south of the province. The origin of these aged and fermented Chinese teas dates back to just prior to the Tang dynasty (618-907), when tea was carried by horse, mule and camel to the far-flung points of the empire. Compressed into slabs and cylinder shapes for transport, and affected by rain and humidity en route, some of the teas began to ferment. As soon as it was discovered that this helped develop the flavour of the tea, Pu-erh was born!


Alternatives to Yunnan Pu-erh


For a next-level loose-leaf Pu-erh, consider our speciality loose-leaf Aged Pu-erh – matured to perfection over a period of 30 years – or our Lincang Ripe Pu-Erh, aged for nine years and from a premium Pu-erh-producing district of Yunnan. If you're looking to try one of the famous solid forms of Pu-erh, our Ripened Cooked Pu-erh Cake offers an authentic, earthy-flavoured Yunnan tea that can be left to mature further in the caddy. Alternatively, for a Raw Pu-Erh with maximum convenience, our individually wrapped Tuocha Pu-erh Mini Cakes are a great option.

To get the most authentic brewing result for your Pu-erh tea, we recommend that you use a Gaiwan from our Teaware store. For more speciality Chinese brews, from Jasmine Dragon Pearls to Lapsang Souchong, browse our Tea Shop

Ingredients


Aged Chinese Fermented Tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers an wet wood and musky aroma and deep red infusion. A robust cup with earthy, tobacco and oak notes and molasses mouthfeel.

Region


Yunnan is a province in the Southwest of China, bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to the South, and Tibet to the North. The relief is mostly mountainous, with high mountain ranges branching out of Tibet and running all the way to the South East of the province, with elevations between 5,500 meters in the North of the province to 1,500 meters above sea level in the South. North East Yunnan is mostly snow-capped peaks and high plateaus, with powerful rivers running down the slopes; the valleys of the south are more open, with fertile plains and irrigated fields.

Learn more about the Yunnan Region, China

The climate is similarly contrasting: the highest peaks experience a Tundra climate (ET), with freezing temperatures for most of the year and a least one month above 0°C – but below 10°C – leading to snow melting. Below is a Temperate Oceanic (Cfb) climate, with mild winters and summers with highs of 26°C, and precipitation across all seasons but particularly during the summer months, which are also cloudy.

The valleys at the southernmost part of the province experience a humid subtropical climate (Cfa), with high precipitation from May to October, and temperature ranging from 11°C to 35°C. With such varied climates and relief, it is no surprise that the region is famous for its biodiversity. Of the 30,000 species of plants found in China, more than half are in Yunnan! Over half of the province is covered in forest, with pines and conifers on the lower plateau, bursts of colourful azalea and rhododendron on the higher hills and fir, bamboo and juniper on the higher peaks. Similarly, the province is home to a dizzying array of animals, with hundreds of species of mammals, fish, reptiles and birds.

The tropical forests of the South harbour monkeys, bears, elephants and porcupines. Only a small portion of the land is arable, but the variety of climate means many crops can be cultivated. Rice is the main summer crop, along with corn, sweet potato, sugarcane and, of course, tea, which is mostly grown on the southern, tropical part of the province, all the way to the Myanmar and Laos borders.

How to brew

3 - 4g

3 - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

4 - 5mins

4 - 5mins

Icon of a delivery truck

Free Delivery

With all UK Orders over £25

Icon of a hand holding a loyalty point

Earn

Loyalty points

Icon of tea leaves representing free tea sample with every order

Free Tea Sample

With every order