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Gam Fei Cha Pu Erh or Dark Tea

Gam Fei Cha Pu Erh or Dark Tea

This unusual tea takes its common name, Pu Erh, from the town near which most of it is grown. It is also known as Red or Dark or Gam Fei Cha tea in China. These teas undergo post-fermentation through a microbial process after they are dried and rolled. They are available as loose leaf or in various compressed forms. The major differentiation is between raw (sheng) and ripened (shou) types. The ripe type refers to those varieties that have gone through a proper post-fermentation process, a recent invention that manipulates conditions to approximate the result of the aging process by prolonged bacterial and fungal fermentation in a warm humid environment under controlled conditions, which involves piling, dampening, and turning the tea leaves in a manner much akin to composting. The raw types are those in the process of gradual darkening through exposure to microbes over many years in a controlled environment. Certain selections from either type can be stored for maturity before consumption which is why some are labelled with year and region of production. Most are prepared to be drunk and sold within six months of manufacture. If one were to follow the Chinese example, Pu Erh tea is the most famous of all for its health-giving properties and as a slimming tea. It is believed to speed up metabolism without raising the heart rate. Pu Erh teas grow in one of the most ancient tea growing areas and in the primaeval forest of Mt. Dahei, there is a 1700-year-old tea tree. Pu Erh is very highly regarded in China for its reputed health benefits such as lowering triglycerides and cholesterol and has also been linked in many western articles as an aid to weight loss. We have chosen a cross section from amongst the 200 or so varieties on offer. At one time the bricks of Pu Erh were used as currency. It is fair to say that the stranger varieties have an acquired taste! The black tea varieties can take milk; they have a mellow character and leave a sweet taste in the mouth, whilst green Pu Erh should be drunk without. Pu Erh leaves produce many infusions. The wonderful appearance of Pu Erh teas makes them a unique gift to give to health-conscious friends. An interesting characteristic of Pu Erh teas is that some people believe the longer you keep them the better they become. Some 30-year-old varieties of Pu Erh are sold for tens of thousands of pounds a kilo in Hong Kong. Whilst having access to these types, vintage Pu Erh is a speciality market all of its own, where pricing is dictated by the passion of collectors, rather like the art world, even in regard to forgeries! Our selection is picked for its pleasant flavour and the quality of the leaves before becoming a 'Red' tea and is to be enjoyed rather than stored. Most of our selection are the 'Ripe' type, with a 'Raw' white tea that was given a short fermentation to begin the ageing process. I would still recommend drinking this type now.
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  1. Heart Shaped Hei Cha Dark Tea

    Heart Shaped Hei Cha Dark Tea

    Dark Tea or Hei Cha is a famous tea product of Anhua, in the Hunan Province of China. It shares the same processing of post-fermentation through microbial action as Pu Erh. It is similar in flavour to Pu Erh too. We have chosen to have this tea made into heart shapes to reflect the many alleged health benefits found in drinking this heavy but very mellow charactered tea. One heart should be brewed in 500ml of filtered, boiling water. It is infused for just 20 seconds with the leaves being re-used 5-6 times to extract all the goodness. Listed below are a number of the claims made for its health benefits. Learn More

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