Pu'er is particularly appreciated in China after a heavy meal and is known in the West as the ‘Slimmers' Tea’.
Pu’er grows in the Yunnan province, of South West China. It’s semi fermented, but even today the process is a closely kept secret, with outsiders permitted by law to witness only the final pressing into cakes.
The Pu’er cakes (large or small discs or bowl shapes), were considered so valuable that they were once used as currency, particularly for trading horses with the fierce tribes north of the Great Wall of China. Today the cakes are bought speculatively as they are said to improve with age, like fine wine or malt whisky.
"Pu'er is the new tea for connoisseurs" Waitrose Food Illustrated
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