Puerh is a large leafed tea from Yunnan province in China and has been famous as medicinal tea. The earliest records of Puerh Tang Dynasty tea date (618AD-906AD) when it was the nobleman's favorite tea of this time. Puerh tea over the centuries has been used as a form of currency in China and an important international trade item.
Puerh tea derives its name from the market town of Pu-er, where it was originally processed and sold. It is said that the unique taste of Puerh Tea was developed because it took weeks to transport the tea leaves by the horse to the city that were processed. During this period of transport the tea leaves would begin to ferment in moisture and release a strong, fragrant aroma, which people found quite pleasant. A special technique of brewing tea became and Pu'er was thus created.
The secret of making Puerh tea has been closely guarded in China for centuries. Tea leaves are collected from growers of a special broad-leafed tea tree, said to be related to ancient prehistoric tea trees. The leaves pass through two types of fermentation, which gives this tea its unique characteristics; A slight, but clearly earthy taste. Puerh teas are like fine wines, which become more polish and balanced with age. Puerh teas are much lower in tannins than other teas due to the special process method they experience.
The Effects of Pu'er Tea:
1. Decrease blood fat, lose weight, lower blood pressure and resist arteriosclerosis. Amill Carroby, of a University of Paris, French uses Yunnan tea Pu'er Tuo to do clinical trial and proved that: "Yunnan Pu'er tea has a good effect to reduce lipoid and cholesterol content". Kunming Medical University of China also observed 55 clinical trials to use Yunnan Pu'er Tuo tea to cure high blood fat diseases and compare them with 31 used clofibrate cases which has a good effect for leaning fat. The result shows that the healing effect of Pu'er Tea is higher than clofibrate. Long-lasting Pu'er tea drinkers can reduce cholesterol and glycerine fat. So long Pu'er Tea drinking can have the effect of curing obesity. Eating Pu'er tea can cause physiological effect in stretching the blood vessel of the human, descending blood pressure and slowering the heart rhythm, etc. So it has a good curative function to high blood pressure and cerebral arteriosclerosis.
2. Anti-decrepitude.Catechin tea has the effect of anti-decrepitude. Total content of Yunnan catechins large species of tea leaf is higher than the other species of tea. The effect of anti-decrepitude is better than other kinds of tea. At the same time, during the Pu'er Tea process, macromolecular polysaccharide transforms into many new soluble monosaccharide and oligosaccharide. Vitamin C increases double, which has an important effect to improve the human immune system and to preserve health, for to strengthen the body and to prolong longevity.
Brewing Puerh: to make tea must control the temperature of the water, which greatly effect the aroma and tasty of the tea soup. Pu'er tea orders boiled water of 95 ~ 100.
How much tea can depend on personal taste, usually 3-5 gramps of tea correctly with 150 milliliters of water, and the ratio of tea to water between 1: 50-1: 30. For the purest aroma of tea, it is Necessary to heat tea, ie pour the boiled water immediately for the first time, which can take 1-2 times. The speed should be fast so that the taste of tea soup can be avoided influence. While it really begins, about a minute the tea soup can be poured into the public cup, and then continue with the second. With more times, the time can be prolonged slowly, from 1 minute to a few minutes gradually, which can save even the density of the tea soup.
Puerh Tea Storage: Puerh tea has also been praised as "drinking antiquity". The taste and color of Puerh Tea changes when stored correctly for a period of time; Fresh raw tea brews beer in a bright, yellowish broth and possesses a strong, almost rough; Aged raw tea brews an amber broth and possesses a mild flavor. Fresh ripe tea brews in a bright red broth that possesses a smooth smooth flavor; Old ripe tea brews dark red with a thick soft flavor. The taste, quality and value of Puerh tea constantly increases over time with proper storage, and the longer the better.