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Escalating popularity of puer tea

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The escalating popularity and interest of pu'er tea comes as no surprise to many of its admirers. Lovers of pu'er tea are captivated by its wide range of compelling flavors and aromas; its aura of remarkable health benefits that has been carried over from 1700 years locked in historical records and beliefs; the mystery behind the living tea that is forever changing and improving with time; its increasing value with each passing year. pu'er's appealing diversity continues to captivate many, from tea connoisseurs, collectors, health enthusiasts and investors. All have one common goal, their pursuit of pu'er tea.


dayi pu'er tea 

 Many pu'er collectors and enthusiasts take great joy in routinely tasting their collections. It is a time filled with much excitement and anticipation as each tea's development and progress is measured. The fascinating ongoing change within what is essentially a living tea reveals new dimensions and complexity with each step of aging. Like classic wines and cheese, pu'er relies on living bacteria and microbes to enable its process of post fermentation. This process enhances its appeal and value in direct correspondence to its age by developing smoothness, even silkiness to its overall character. Some of the endearing flavors aged pu'er tea will come to possess are ripe plums, heavy fruits, caramel, herbs and aged wood with hints of tannin and peat.

  In China, pu'er is often referred to as a medicinal tea reflecting its many health and medical qualities .Throughout pu'er's history, many ancient scripts and records have applauded its wide ranging benefits from anti aging, prevention of heart disease and cancer, removal of toxins, weight loss, aid to digestion, and much more.

  While most pu'er tea lovers would never dream of selling their prized collections the escalating price of pu'er tea has attracted many investors and opportunists. In China's supercharged economy, where no investment opportunity goes unnoticed the idea of investing in tea is not just a novel idea but an increasingly popular trend followed by many affluent young professionals. For the better part of a decade the price of pu'er tea has risen each year, averaging a rough estimate of 10% annually. This markup is progressively higher for premium productions consisting of wild leaves or leaves from old tea trees from famous regions such as Yiwu, where prices have jumped between 30-80% this year alone (2006). The aged tea sector has produced the biggest gains of all. Prices for certain vintages have sky rocketed, some easily multiplying by as much as 10X times within the span of a few years (see pu'er Tea News to read more on investment trends).

  In summary the market growth for pu'er tea has been for the past decade outstanding. A repeat of this for the next decade will likely see collectors and investors sitting on a goldmine. As the main market for pu'er tea is China, the sustainability and growth of the pu'er tea market will largely be dependent on the future development and growth of the Chinese economy.
  
  A note of caution, not all pu'er tea will appreciate in value. Much of the pu'er tea flooding the markets today are fakes and low quality teas .It is unfortunate but the precedence for increasing pu'er production has greatly compromised the quality of tea in recent years. While the production of pu'er tea continues to increase annually, the quality has substantially dropped with outputs from both 2005 and 2006 being most disappointing. The knock on effect has been a sharp increase in the price of older vintages. The pursuit of pu'er tea is best done with caution.

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    Puer tea comes mainly from Simao, Yunnan Province . Puer is the town where the trade of the tea happened. Transliterated from the Hani ethnic group, puer means village of cove, expressing a strong feeling of the warm home.

  As early as the East Han Dynasty (25-220), local people began to grow puer tea. The legend says the seeds of puer tea were left by Zhuge Liang, the minister of the state of Shu during the three kingdoms period (220-280). He was an outstanding politician and military expert known for his use of tactics and strategies.

  The name of the puer tea kept changing with the supersession of dynasties throughout its 2000-year history. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the tea gained such great popularity that more than 100,000 people were involved in the tea growing on the puer tea mountains around Simao town, the local chorography said.

  Puer tea played an extremely important role in the trade of tea and horse road. The tea was transported to countries in Asia and Europe. In countries like Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand, puer tea was well accepted by the local consumers.

  Puer tea is processed through special fermentation by using the semi-made green tea of Yunnan large leaf tea. It is black or brown in colour. The aged Pu-erh tea is mellow and gives a sweet taste in mouth after drinking. It is an ideal health drink for both young and old people.
 
  The brewed tea is darkly red, and has a bold, earthy taste. For optimum brewing, use boiling water. It will taste best if brewing with spring water and in a Zisha (purple clay) teapot. Unlike most other teas, puer is usually purchased in a compressed state rather than loose leaves. The leaves are pressed together during processing into a variety of shapes. The “tea bricks” once used as currency were typically made with Pu-erh tea. You just shave off some tea from the brick or ball, into your teapot.

  The flavour of puer is often under-appreciated, because it actually gets better with age. The very highest grade of puer tealeaves is exorbitantly expensive, especially when well-aged. Some aged puer tea has been in storage for several years. Puer teas have huge differences in taste acccording to their age. When young, the tea is light and fragrant, and when old, it gets thicker and bitter. So it needs time and experience to fully understand the cup of puer tea.

(pu'er tea)                    Apart from the health benefits like lowering of cholesterol, high-blood pressure etc, Puer Tea is one tea that taste better with time. It is amazing how this tea evolves as it ages. When the tea is new, it's light in colour, it taste bitter, with it's flowery aroma and the strong taste. As a Puer Tea evolves with time, according to it's substance inside itself, environment; it evolves to another kind of texture, dark in colour, smooth, a reserved scent of aged wood, subtle taste. It is like us, when we are young we are bold, creative and vibrant but somehow still lack a kind of feeling which only comes with time and experience. As we mature, we are shaped by our inner self, our attitude and experiences which makes us wiser, more attractive, at peace.

   As Puer Tea is stored through the ages, it is affected by the external factors like the humidity, temperature, cleanliness of the place of storage but ultimately it has to be made properly with good tea leaves or the best conditions given would produce a good aged Puer Tea. It shows us as people, we have to be strong in our values, attitude in regardless of the hardships and in the end we will become much wiser, impartial to difficulties. It is very wonderful to imagine how a piece of aged Puer Tea survived history and taste so good after going through so much and it reflects to us, we can too turn out to be wonderful people who survived hardships in this ever changing world.

    The above reasons are why I choosed Puer Tea amongst other tea. Everytime I drink an aged Puer Tea, it overwhelmes me with amazement of it's history, it's wonderful texture. A new Puer Tea inspires me of it's possibilities, potential. What other tea could give this kind of sensations?

    Every tea means differently to every person, for me right now, Puer Tea touches me. So what is yours?


The many health benefits of pu'er tea has lead it to being known as the "Wonder Tonic" and the "Medicinal Tea". Long standing consumers of pu'er tea believe it has anti-aging properties and can prolong life.

    The restorative and medical properties associated with pu'er tea is truly astonishing. Often referred to as the “Wonder Tonic” and the “Medicinal Tea”, pu'er tea has been hugely popular in China for over 1700 years. For centuries it was given as a tribute to the Emperor and high ranking officials within the Imperial Courts of China. Its high value and many health benefits lead to high demands and the frequency of the tributes gave it the title “Tribute Tea”.


                                                                              tea pot

   Accounts on the health benefits and medical use of pu'er tea has been documented in various ancient scripts and famous books throughout Chinese history. pu'er tea is strongly believed to have wide ranging health benefits from anti aging, prevention of heart disease and cancer, diabetic control, removal of toxins to curing dysentery, inflammation, aiding digestion and weight loss, improving the eyesight, blood circulation and reviving those who are overly intoxicated with alcohol.

  The long term consumption of pu'er tea is believed to help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and play an important role in preventing heart disease and cancer. pu'er tea made from wild old tea trees are reputed to be more potent, containing strong Qi (translated as "life energy" or "life force") that boosts the blood flow and helps the body's circulation. This as a result aids the removal of toxins and can cure minor aches and pains.

  In many traditional Chinese restaurants especially those serving dim sum dishes pu'er tea is the customary drink served. Its ability to break down oily and fatty food and aid digestion makes it an ideal drink to have alongside delicious Chinese dishes that are often high in fat. After a heavy meal drinking pu'er tea is said to help clean the intestines and stomach. In some quarters pu'er tea is used as a slimming tea and consumed to assist with weight loss.

The many health benefits of pu'er tea has lead it to being known as the "Wonder Tonic" and the "Medicinal Tea". Long standing consumers of pu'er tea believe it has anti-aging properties and can prolong life.

    The restorative and medical properties associated with pu'er tea is truly astonishing. Often referred to as the “Wonder Tonic” and the “Medicinal Tea”, pu'er tea has been hugely popular in China for over 1700 years. For centuries it was given as a tribute to the Emperor and high ranking officials within the Imperial Courts of China. Its high value and many health benefits lead to high demands and the frequency of the tributes gave it the title “Tribute Tea”.


                                                                              tea pot

   Accounts on the health benefits and medical use of pu'er tea has been documented in various ancient scripts and famous books throughout Chinese history. pu'er tea is strongly believed to have wide ranging health benefits from anti aging, prevention of heart disease and cancer, diabetic control, removal of toxins to curing dysentery, inflammation, aiding digestion and weight loss, improving the eyesight, blood circulation and reviving those who are overly intoxicated with alcohol.

  The long term consumption of pu'er tea is believed to help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and play an important role in preventing heart disease and cancer. pu'er tea made from wild old tea trees are reputed to be more potent, containing strong Qi (translated as "life energy" or "life force") that boosts the blood flow and helps the body's circulation. This as a result aids the removal of toxins and can cure minor aches and pains.

  In many traditional Chinese restaurants especially those serving dim sum dishes pu'er tea is the customary drink served. Its ability to break down oily and fatty food and aid digestion makes it an ideal drink to have alongside delicious Chinese dishes that are often high in fat. After a heavy meal drinking pu'er tea is said to help clean the intestines and stomach. In some quarters pu'er tea is used as a slimming tea and consumed to assist with weight loss.

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