All About Emperor Pu-erh 4 Year Aged Tea
In the 600-900s AD, the finest tea that survived the treacherous journey across the Chinese countryside was reserved for the emperors who ruled Tibet. This tea was packed into bricks and aged throughout the journey, giving it the unique earthy flavor we now associate with Pu-erh tea.
This elegant pu-erh is harvested in Yunnan, China, in fields that have grown tea for millennia, then fermented and aged for four years before making its way into your cup.
The Emperor Pu-erh is a particularly fine, flavorful pu-erh selection, with notes of earth, malt, and a fermented sweetness. It has a medium level of antioxidants, and a high amount of caffeine.
Pu-erh tea has many health benefits, including:
Greater Energy: Pu-erh has more caffeine than most teas, a bit more than half a cup of coffee. It's great for replacing your morning coffee with a smoother, healthier drink.
Weight Loss: Pu-erh tea helps your body produce the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine, which reduce stores of fatty acids.
Reduce Stress: Pu-erh tea has the phyto-chemicals GABA and theanine, which have been shown to help lower stress levels.
Heart Health: Animals that drank pu-erh tea had lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which are often associated with obesity. Pu-erh tea also increased their good HDL cholesterol which can reduce risk of heart disease.
Cleansing Toxins: Pu-erh tea contains simple sugars and microorganisms that help the spleen cleanse blood and eliminate free radicals.
Prevent Cancer: Studies have shown that pu-erh tea can combat cancer and prevent the growth of new cancer cells.
Bone Health: Animal studies suggest that the polyphenols in pu-erh can help to develop higher bone mass and greater bone strength.
Prevent Illness: Since pu-erh is high in antioxidants and vitamin C, drinking a cup of this brew every day could help prevent illnesses such as the common cold and flu.
Origin: From the Yunnan Province of China.
Caffeine Level: High, more than half a cup of coffee.
Brewing Hot: Use 1 tsp per 8oz of boiling water, and let steep for 3-7 minutes.
Brewing Cold: Steep 6 teaspoons in a quart of boiling water, then add 3 quarts cold water and refrigerate.
Mix With: Milk and sugar are both good options to cut the bitterness.
I think this is a great tea. It is very “earthy,” and makes for a good afternoon, mid-work tea. I will always have this in the line up for subscriptions.