Yunnan, China Yunnan province, found at the southwestern most corner of China, is considered the place of origin for the tea plant. It is home to the famous Puer teas and renowned for its tremendous biodiversity, ethnic diversity and breathtaking mountainous landscape.
Puer tea is named for the town of Puer where teas from the surrounding mountains were brought, pressed into bricks and cakes and sent out across the continent. Puer teas traveled as far as Tibet, Japan and Europe.
To reach its destination, the tea traveled through a range of climates and weather often by horse and camelback. For this reason, Puer became known for an aged, earthy quality that it developed along the way. Nowadays, this earthy character can be encouraged by a 'Wo Dui' process. Puer tea leaves are moistened ('wo') with water and stacked ('dui') in piles to undergo a unique post fermentation giving the tea a dark, inky color and rich, smooth flavor.
A very earthy, dark, sweet, smooth infusion that gains no bitterness. Its clear aroma and brilliant red-gold infusion bring to mind the precious topaz gemstone.
Steep one teaspoon in eight ounces of near boiling spring or filtered water for three minutes. Can be re-infused many times over.