Yunnan is ideal for tea production because of its geographical position and climatic conditions. It is the home of pu erh teas. The unique character of pu erh teas results from storing the tea in cool cellars or underground for one or more years. They have many alleged health properties, including lowering cholesterol, aiding weight loss and helping digestion. The light to dark brown leaf of this tea produces a strong, spicy, earthy taste and, depending on the brewing, an earthy, woody flavour. The cup has a rich dark red colour and is low in caffeine.
Pu erh tea is widely sold as a weight loss tea and is regularly used as a main ingredient in commercially prepared weight loss tea mixtures. Although there is, as yet, no empirically backed evidence as to how Pu erh tea might facilitate weight loss, there are widely proposed explanations. The belief is that the tea increases the drinkers metabolic rate and that the high tannin level reduces nutrient absorbtion.
Whatever your reasons for drinking Puerh it is one of the most interesting teas of China and drunk around the World for its distinctive taste as well as its health properties.
|Type||Pu erh Tea|
|Origin||Yunnan Province of China|
|Taste||Strong, Spicy and, depending on the brewing, an Earthy, Woody Flavour|
|Brewing Advice||Use one dessert spoon per cup. Add boiling water. Infuse for one to five minutes according to taste.|