DISCOVER PU-ERH TEA & OOLONG TEA
INTRODUCING PU-ERH TEA
Ever heard of a tea being treated like a wine or a whiskey? Meet Pu-erh, the tea that just keeps on getting better with age. Originating in south western China, and named after the market town of Pu-erh, these ‘dark’ teas are as far removed from your average brew as you can get. The leaves are compressed into Frisbee shaped cakes or flat rectangular slabs and allowed to mature over the course of months (sometimes even years!). Pu-erh is what you get when creating a tea that uses time and patience as major ingredients.Because of ongoing fermentation, Pu-erh teas continue to change over time. It’s almost like they’re alive, with their flavors constantly evolving as the years roll by. Because they can mature for decades, disks of Pu-erh are sometimes considered family heirlooms that get passed on from generation to generation!
GET THE BEST FROM YOUR BREW: PU-ERH TEA
To really experience the full-bodied, dark and earthy flavors of Pu-erh in all their bold brilliance, we recommend a robust brew time of around 3 to 4 minutes. And the longer you brew it, the stronger, thicker and sweeter these characters will appear. Pu-erh can be enjoyed with or without milk, it’s entirely up to personal taste!
INTRODUCING OOLONG TEA
Oolong is a tea quite unlike any other, one so good its name starts with the noise someone makes when they’re impressed! Living somewhere between a rich black tea and a refreshing green tea, Oolong is a complex and multi-faceted beverage that, though among the trickiest leaves to create, is certainly one of the easiest to enjoy.
Known for its dark, distinctively twisted leaves—which give birth to its fittingly mysterious Chinese Wu Long name, ‘The Black Dragon’—Oolong is a tea that evolves from floral and sweet, to smoky and peaty as you brew it. Not as widely drunk here in the West as it is in Asia, where its layered flavors have been highly regarded for hundreds of years, we think Oolong is a tea that’s Oolong overdue for recognition in other corners of the world.
TEA TIME: OOLONG TEA
No prizes for guessing that, as such a distinctively Chinese tea, Oolong’s unique flavor profile pairs up masterfully with foods of an Asian persuasion. We heartily recommend getting some friends round for a beautiful banquet of Chinese cuisine and washing it down with Oolong. Think snackable dim sum dumplings, pretty parcels of Peking duck, and bowls of beautifully fluffy white rice. Trust us, Oolong’s complicated interplay of rich black tea notes and refreshing green tea intermingles perfectly with the salty, spicy, sweet and sour flavors.