ABOUT THE TEA:
Like a fine wine, this tea improves with age. Deep brown in colour, yet mellow, almost liqueur like. A famous tea highly prized for its medicinal properties is said to aid indigestion and lower cholesterol.
Perfect to drink to finish a heavy meal with to help aid digestion – goes well with a steak or roast duck.
INTERESTING FACTS REGARDING TEA:
The leaves used to make black tea are allowed to whither so that the water inside them evaporates, absorbing oxygen in what’s known as the oxidation process. The result you get is luscious looking, shiny black tea – hence the name!
Generally stronger in flavour and with more caffeine than the less oxidized teas, black tea still accounts for over ninety percent of all tea sold in the Western world. It holds its flavour well even after a number of years, which meant that it was widely used for trading throughout the world. Compressed blocks of black tea were even used as a form of currency in some countries!
Black tea has many flavours and can produce anything from fruit like textures, to smoky, strong tastes, although it’s generally the boldest and most robust of all the varieties of tea.
For the best results, infuse black tea in water of 100 degrees Celsius for 2 – 3 minutes. If you do it right you should end up with a beautiful dark golden colour and when you get that, you know it’s time to taste!
This tea dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-908AD), when it was a favourite of the noblemen of the time. It comes from the Yunnan Province- grown in the Nuoshan Mountains and processed in the town of Pu Erh, from which it gets its name.
Pu erh tea is usually aged and consumed several years after its production. The older the tea, the more valuable it gets. Like a good wine, pu erh tea ought to be slowly drunk while the leaves settle down in the cup.
HOW TO BREW:
Add 360ml of boiled water to 1-2 teaspoons of tea and brew for 3-5 minutes. Serve as is. Refill with boiling water up to 3 times. Store in a cool dry place. Serve in our ‘Classic Red Tea Pot’
Try this tea with either of these delicious dishes: