Pu erh Tea

Pu erh is a variety of fermented tea that stems from the Yunnan province of China. Pu erh is traditionally aged for many years to create a deep flavour complexity. The tea imparts a dark amber liquor when brewed. There are two methods of brewing Pu erh tea. The traditional Chinese method is more complex than the simpler Western method, but also creates a more authentic flavour experience.

Pu erh is most commonly made from the large leaf, Assamica variety of the Camellia Sinensis tea plant. The fermented tea leaves are either curled and sold as loose leaf tea or shaped into bricks and cakes.  Pu erh tea undergoes a complex and gradual fermentation and maturation process. Aging creates a complex, rich and smooth flavour profile.

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There are two types of Pu erh tea - ‘Raw’ Pu erh’’ and ‘Ripened’ or ‘Cooked’ Pu erh.

Raw Pu erh is aged over time and has an earthy flavour that is created through a slow oxidation process. Unlike the oxidation of other tea varieties such as black or oolong tea, the oxidation of Raw Pu erh is not catalysed by the plant's own enzymes but by bacterial, fungal, or auto-oxidation.

The flavour of Raw Pu erh changes over time. A well-aged Raw Pu erh has a strong, earthy yet clean and smooth flavour, sometimes with toasty or sweet undertones. The liquor’s aroma is reminiscent of rich garden soil or an autumn leaf pile.

Ripened Pu erh (also known as ‘Cooked Pu erh’) undergoes a process that imitates the aging process of Raw Pu erh. 

The flavour of Pu erh is also affected by the cultivar, age and size of the fresh tea leaves.

Like fine red wine, a well-aged Pu erh tea is a sought-after and luxurious beverage.

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Pu erh Tea Aged in Tangerine Peel

Pu erh Tea Aged in Tangerine PeelFrom:  £3.50

This special Pu erh tea imparts a wonderfully rich and earthy flavour with fragrant and citrussy notes of tangerine. Delicately crafted in Yunnan - the home of Pu erh - this tea is very exceptional indeed.


Yunnan Pu erh - No.80

Yunnan Pu erh - No.80From:  £4.50

This Pu erh tea from Yunnan, China is a testament to the meticulous aging process used by the experts of this ancient tea region. The tea imparts a pleasurable rich and deep earthy flavour. Age: 4-5 years


Aged Pu erh Tea - No. 81

Aged Pu erh Tea - No. 81From:  £9.50

Aged for 10 years, this premium loose leaf Pu erh tea from the Yunnan Province, imparts a mature and smooth flavour with spicy and earthy notes. A most exquisite and exceptionally special tea.


'Ripened or 舛ooked Pu erh Cake 100g

'Ripened or 舛ooked Pu erh Cake 100g£9.95

Imparting a smooth and earthy flavour, this ripened Pu erh cake is made using a specialist technique known as ‘Wet Piling’. The cake is 11cm in diameter and was produced in 2012 in Yunnan, China.


Pu erh Tuocha Mini Cakes - No.83

Pu erh Tuocha Mini Cakes - No.83From:  £3.50

Tuocha mini cakes provide a convenient way to enjoy the smooth flavour of Pu erh tea. This premium version imparts an earthy flavour with sweet notes that linger in the mouth.


Raw Pu erh Cake 250g

Raw Pu erh Cake 250g£19.95

Imparting a smooth and earthy flavour with a deep complexity, this Raw Pu erh Cake from Yunnan, China is a wonderful choice for both seasoned and novice Pu erh drinkers.


Pu erh Tea Prying Pick with Rosewood Handle

Pu erh Tea Prying Pick with Rosewood Handle£3.95

This prying pick is a must have for frequent Pu erh drinkers. The handle is fashioned of beautiful rosewood and is very comfortable to grip.


然ipened or 舛ooked Pu erh Cake 250g

然ipened or 舛ooked Pu erh Cake 250g£19.95

This high-quality Ripened Pu erh cake from Yunnan, China imparts a mild, earthy flavour. Produced using a specialist method, fermentation has created a depth of flavour that emulates years of aging. 


Non Glazed Gaiwan Bowl and Lid 100ml

Non Glazed Gaiwan Bowl and Lid 100ml£10.95

Non Glazed Purple Sand (Yixing Clay) Pottery Bowl with Lid for Steeping and Drinking Tea in a traditional Chinese method. Preferred for oolong, green and white teas. Adds elegance to your tea time. Great gift for a tea lover.


Qie Duan Yixing Clay Teapot 200ml

Qie Duan Yixing Clay Teapot 200ml£40.00

This gorgeous handcrafted Qie Duan Yixing Clay teapot is ideal for aged Pu-erh teas and Oolong teas.


Pu erh Tea Discovery Pack

Pu erh Tea Discovery Pack£11.95

Try five different and unique Pu erh teas. The pack includes five pouches, each containing 10g of Pu erh tea. A great way to explore the world of aged Pu erh teas from Yunnan, China. 


Royal Pu erh Tea - No. 82

Royal Pu erh Tea - No. 82From:  £5.50

Given as tribute to the imperial Chinese court, this famous Pu erh tea imparts a smooth and malty flavour with a note of bitter sweetness. Highly recommended for both seasoned and novice Pu erh drinkers.


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