With the post-Christmas weight not seeming to shift all that quickly – I was delighted to see Pu’ Erh hiding in the big box of teas sent to me by Chash Tea.
Pu’ Erh is a fermented, aged tea that is reported to have weight loss properties, if you didn’t know this already.
What’s extra special about Chash Tea’s Pu’ Erh is it has been aged for 11 years! And the exciting thing about Pu’ Erh of this age (or older) is that ownership and therefore storage conditions can change from batch to batch. This, combined with the natural flavour differences introduced by the season, means that no batch of Pu’ Erh rarely tastes exactly the same.
Upon opening the pack, it has a distinctly smokey aroma brought about by the fermentation process.
It takes the tea around 3-4 minutes to bring the water to a lovely, mellow amber colour – much lighter than I’ve experienced with other Pu’ Erh teas in the past – but again this is the beauty of this blend, the variations you encounter from one batch to the next.
The steeping process amplifies the smokey aroma and I can smell my cup of Pu’ Erh even whilst typing right now, when it’s sat around 30cm away from me.
On taking the first sip I can tell this tea is something quite special. The smokey notes that exist in the aroma remain in the flavour, but they are not bitter or harsh – just very smooth and quite comforting. It reminds me of the bonfires my family have every November – just without the noise of the fireworks!
Because of its smoothness, I would be confident in saying this is a very high grade of Pu’ Erh, using smaller, more tender leaves to achieve that balanced flavour with no bitterness.
Here’s what Chash say about this blend:
Poor quality Pu’ Erh smells mouldy and damp; this fine example is dry and woody.
The taste,is smooth, clean and surprisingly mild
Pu’ Erh is especially good for multiple infusions. As you re-use the leaves the liquor will change from burnt oranges to deep reds, often to a quite brilliant purple hue
An elegant evening drink. The perfect end to a meal
And I couldn’t agree more.
On the front of each pack of tea, Chash states ‘If tea makes everything better, shouldn’t we be drinking better tea?’ – and this is a fine example of one of the better Pu’ Erhs I’ve ever tasted. Highly recommended!