Vintage Imperial Pu erh Pu erh Tea
The Origin Story
This cooked puerh, from its authentic home in Yunnan, was picked in the spring of 2017. The Da Ye Zhong cultivar (literally translating as ‘Big Leaf Cultivar’) is strong, and robust. Nurtured in the rich soils near Pu’er City, it is fast-fermented – or cooked – as a way of speeding up the ageing process.
This approach can transform even the strongest green puerhs to a mellow, dark state, imitating the effect of 50+ years
of natural ageing in a matter of weeks.
What ensues is a beautifully deep tea with notes of chocolate and earth elicited from the post-fermentation process. Fruit and spice flavours – namely currants and incense-woodiness – are a result of the rich terroir of Yunnan.
‘Imperial’ is a reference to the Chinese name – ‘Gongting’ - for a high-quality grade of cooked puerh, suitable for serving to the emperor.
Discover more about Pu Erh on our What is Pu erh Tea page.
Yunnan is the true home of pu erh tea and is also known for rich black teas
Yunnan is one of China's most ethnically diverse provinces and some of the minority tribes live in mountainous nature reserves where the Da Ye tea variety grows natively as trees of up to 1,000 years old.
CultivarDa Ye Zhong
Engage Your Senses
Fine, almost dusty brown-grey strands of leaf.
Mellow and harmonious, with earthy scents, sweetened with a little liquorice and clove spice.
In the Cup
Rose-red initially, quickly turning a dark red-black, and eventually forming a glowing, translucent ebony liquor.
Fragrant hints of incense woods with an almost chocolatey aftertaste. No bitter and few challenging notes; ideal for those new to cooked Pu erh.