China Special Black Tea
Country of Origin: China.
Region: Yunnan Province.
Grade: Pu-erh mixed vintage.
Altitude: 1500 – 4100 ft. above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Special Pu-Erh process.
Cup Characteristics: Musty, earthy character sometimes described as old or elemental.
Infusion: Dull Red - tending darker.
Ingredients: Luxury Pu-Erh black tea.
Antioxidant Level: Medium.
Caffeine Content: Medium.
This tea is famed for its medicinal properties. Kunming Medical College claims that pu-erh can lower cholesterol by 17 percent and triglycerides by 22 percent. They may have been slightly over zealous about the properties of pu-erh as a University in Berlin and another in France found that the claim was perhaps overstated. A study in Japan indicated that all tea lowered cholesterol and that pu-erh was more effective than white or green tea which in turn was more effective than black tea.
Pu Erh teas are considered indispensable for daily health by the Chinese, Pu Erh Teas are drunk to lower cholesterol, speed up the metabolism, promote weight loss, and improve the digestion of fatty foods in particular. The Chinese also believe this tea expels toxins associated with diets high in meat products. With its blood cleansing properties, Pu Erh tea is also drunk to help cure hangovers! What Pu Erh does is, it efficiently digests the lipid cells, or fat cells, therefore your body stores less fat. At the same time the tea leaf itself is thermogenic, which means it will increase the metabolism without increasing the heart rate, so you’ll burn more calories naturally.
As with wine, young pu-erh is considered the least valuable whereas pu-erh 5 years or older is more highly prized. Interestingly the taste of pu-erh becomes more mellow with age and perhaps more acceptable to the western palate.
Pu-erh Tea is reputed to raise your metabolism naturally as the tea leaf is thermagenic. If you do not change your diet other than drinking this tea you could still lose up to 7lb in a year. Recommended: Drink one cup with every meal and one cup after as part of a controlled diet. Also see Oolong teas for slimming.
Traditional Brewing Method
Pu-Erh teas are best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is then reinfused and served after about 3-7 minutes. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the preceding cup.
Add milk sugar to taste, though not recommended for Pu-Erh tea.
Simple Hot Tea Brewing Method
Put 1 teaspoon per cup into your teapot, and add 1 more to the pot (add a little more tea for a more intense infusion). Heat water to around 80-90°C and pour over the tea leaves. Leave to infuse for 3-7 minutes, then serve and enjoy.
This tea can be brewed in a tea infuser right in your cup for a single serving.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - a rule of thumb is to double the amount used. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
Alternatively, you can cold brew the tea by placing the tea in a jug and adding cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.
To make 1 litre of iced tea: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant jug. Pour half a pint (275ml) of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving jug with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving jug while straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the jug with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.