Contrary to what the mavens of Hollywood would have you believe, many things in life improve with age. Think about it. Old jeans are more comfortable than new ones. Friendships grow stronger over time. From cheese to wine or classic movies, older things can often feel more satisfying, both physically and spiritually, than their younger counterparts. So it is with Pu-erh tea.
Pu-erh, manufactured from máochá, a type of mostly unoxidized green tea grown in China’s Yunnan province, offers numerous health benefits and a round earthy flavor that gets better with age. The nourishment of age factors into Pu-erh right from the get-go. To make it, unlike traditional teas in which 2 young leaves and a bud are plucked from the bush, 3-4 leaves and a bud are plucked, yielding older, broader leaves more suitable to the fermentation process. Once fermented, the best Peers are aged like fine wine in the cellar of a French chateau, or cheese on the rack of a Swiss barn. The result is an earthy, musty character that sets the tea apart from all its younger competitors.
Capping off the benefits of the aging that goes into Pu-erh, is research that appears to indicate the tea’s ability to reverse some of the effects of aging itself. According to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, aged Pu-erh has the ability to induce weigh-loss, fight cancer, protect the kidneys and ward off many other of the causes of early mortality. So, what are you waiting for? Brew a pot of Pu-erh today, and start living life to the fullest!