Pu erh Tea

Vintage Imperial Pu erh

Spicy, Supple, Indulgent

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A cooked Pu Erh Tea worthy of an emperor. This Chinese tea from Yunnan has beautiful notes of fruit, spices and chocolate.

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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.

China - Yunnan

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.

  • Cultivar
    Da Ye Zhong
  • Oxidisation Level
  • Picked

Tasting Notes

Engage Your Senses

What to
Look For

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.

Make the Perfect Cup of Vintage Imperial Pu erh


Measure 3g or 2tsp per cup (250ml)

Heat Water
Heat Water

Heat water to 100°C


Infuse tea for 3 minutes

3 min

You can infuse this tea up to 5 times

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