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Pu Erh Tea – The Original Chinese Vintage Tea

by Salina Hainzl (Published first in January 30, 2014)

Pu-erh (Pu’erh / Puerh / Pu er / Po Lei ), is referred by some as the “Vintage tea”.

In fact, Pu-erh that has not celebrated its 1st birthday is hardly drinkable. Older Puerh cakes are collectibles and traded for a small fortune.

2 kinds of Pu-erh:

  • Raw (naturally fermented) and
  • Ripe (cooked / artificially fermented).

The former is lighter in taste but can be more astringent, traditionally raw Puerh is made into cake or disc shape.

Ripe Puerh tends to be flatter, more gentle to the stomach, and comes in loose leaf form, compressed shapes particularly large and small mushroom shaped ones called Toucha and other decorative shapes like pumpkin shaped ones.

Pu-erh has been long used in China to aid digestion, warm the body and detox the body after eating heavy meaty meals.

Pu-erh tea also enjoys the reputation as “Weight-loss tea”, “Beauty tea”, “Slimming tea” and “Health tea”. It is mildest tea type to the stomach, especially Pu-erh over 5/10 years old – its caffeine content reduces as it ages.

Want to know more – check out the video below.

Aged Puerh is a wonderful puerh brew.

In the above video: We have been getting quite a lot about inquiries about Pu-erh and that’s really exciting development in Australia.

The reason is that, first not a lot of people are knows about Pu-erh but the people who are actually asking about it often they are jumping a few steps asking about the Pu-erh cake.

Now you may be wondering are we talking about tea still.

Did you just say cake?

Yes indeed I just said cake. Let me show you one of them, this is a Pu-erh cake.

Now there are many different kinds of Pu-erh.

The study of Pu-erh is a life long journey and I’m not pretending to be an expert in it, but let me share what I know about it.

To start, Pu-erh is actually a tea that gone through a very long period of fermentation time.

Comparing to any other tea, it’s actually better aged.

Puerh Cakes
Puerh Cakes in whole before scrapping or breaking

So we are saying that if you have managed to get your hands unto anything older than let’s say 15 years, guard it with your life.

And its bit like of those collectible things you can actually really pass it on to generations and get tremendous wealth out of it.

Now, Pu-erh is from China and to be greatly categorizes as Pu-erh, it has to be from the Pu-erh provinces itself.

Pu-erh province is actually a very bizarre.

This whole thing is a bit bizarre. Pu-erh doesn’t actually make Pu-erh, but all the tea from Yunnan province come to Pu-erh and then it get to manufacture or and export that and so on.

Some of them actually export them. Create them, make them first then export them. So it has to be Yunnan tea leaves in order to be made into Pu-erh, if you know a little bit of Chinese Trophy.

If say for example you’ve got a Pu-erh light tea but are actually made from Fujian province tea leaves it cannot be countered as Pu-erh.

It can be categorized as the Chinese black tea.

Puerh Tea at its simplest

So that is something that is quite unique, and also Pu-erh is something that can actually split into two categorization.

One is raw one is ripe, and in the next video I’m going to tackle more about this, but here this little video is to tell you that Pu-erh is a vintage tea that is typically store for a long time.

It is known as good for digestion some Chinese herbalist actually suggest that older people actually drink that maybe an hour before bed for circulation purpose.

Pu-erh even though it looks really dark once you made it but it is actually very gentle to the stomach.

So there you go a little info about Pu-erh and the next one we will really get going into the Pu-erh tea cake.



Puerh Tea may have a lot of  spellings (puer tea or pu-erh tea) because it has been derived from the Chinese name itself.

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Simplest Guide To Different Types of Tea

It is a beautiful thing that we have choices of different types of tea with different benefits and different tastes.

To simplify these, we have created a very simple guide to differentiate each one.



Black tea The “western favourite” black tea has a dark brew with strong aroma and taste is a favourite among different types of tea.

  • great with milk and sugar
  • the tea base for Chai tea
  • many grades from a few dollars a kg to a few hundred dollars



23GTJ-Jasmine_GreenGreen tea Due to the little processing, green tea has kept the colour, original bittersweet taste and aroma of the freshly plucked leaves.

  • widely known for its slimming and germ fighting properties
  • Chinese green tea cheaper usually, more robust taste
  • Japanese green tea greener and grassier in taste usually



30RSO-Rose_OolongOolong (wu-long / black dragon tea ) Simply put, oolong is the best among types of tea after meals.  A good oolong is simply addictive!

  • great for digestion
  • reputed to help weight loss
  • varied taste from green tea to black tea like taste



40SNP-Silver_Needle_ZhengheWhite tea White tea is the least processed tea with the lowest tannins. It got its name from the almost colourless brew it produces.

  • light taste
  • high price (good ones are buds, not tea leaves)
  • antioxidant powerhouse



73MPC_Shui_Huang_Jin_Puerh_Cake[1]Pu-erh Unlike other types of tea , Pu-erh is better AGED. Just like vintage wine, a good vintage Pu-erh comes with a handsome price tag. You may even find some leaves as old as you are!

  • earthy taste, but not bitter
  • brew with hot boiling water
  • great for digestion. good after meal tea
  • gentle to stomach, caffeine drops as it ages



60TAT-Turkish_AppleFruit infusions Welcomed as a great family favourite, the fruit infusion is typically made up from a range of dried fruit and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

  • caffeine free, high in Vitamin C
  • Kids friendly – put in your kids menu
  • condense it into syrups for mocktails, waffles and ice cream!
  • usually has natural flavours added



50TNC-TonicHerbal infusions Since early history, people have been using herbal tea to heal, enliven and enhance their wellbeing.

  • While most herbs do not contain caffeine, some herbs such as yerba mate, cocoa and guarana do.
  • Check the ingredients before consumption as some herbs may react with certain medications, conditions or pregnancy. Ask your doctor or medical professional if you are unsure.
  • herbs are best not to store for too long – flowers in particular during summer season are prone to infestation.



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The Queen’s Tea on Queen’s Day

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Queen’s Day was intentioanally scheduled on a day that has probability of good weather.  This means it is fine weather to celebrate the beauty of life by sipping some tea.

So what better drink to prepare during this holiday?  Queen’s Tea of course!

Queen’s favourite teas are Earl Grey and Darjeeling.  Two of some of the finest teas we have in

Earl Grey was reputably a tea that was so worthy, it was gifted to royalty, then later named after royalty Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister.  While Darjeeling is a very fine herbal tea be crowned as “champagne of tea”.

So let’s keep calm and drink tea!

Queen’s Tea is created for those who love the strength and comfort of classical black tea.

Full of flavour yet with a refreshing softness from the bergamot flavour and a touch of rose, Queen’s Tea is not only fit for the Queen but also Earl Grey and Darjeeling tea lovers.

Queen’s Tea blend can be bought at

Best enjoyed light to medium strength, in fine china with a dash of milk.

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Noodles with Jasmine Green Tea Broth

Simply a lovely noodle soup with tea broth for the cold nights.


Serve 1

  • 1 pack instant noodle (recommend the chicken flavour Nissan brand)
  • 1 tablespoon Green Tea with Jasmine, ground into coarse bits
  • vegetables and sliced meat (optional)


  1. Make the instant noodle according to the manufacturing suggestion, but only use half a packet of the flavouring.
  2. Drop in vegetables and sliced meat until cooked. While the noodle is done, fork it out to your serving bowl along with vegetables and meat, leaving the soup in the pot (the heat is turned off in the stove).
  3. Place the Green tea with Jasmine in the soup.
  4. Stir a bit and leave it covered for a minute, and pour on top of the noodle and ready to enjoy!

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– recipe by Peter Hainzl

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White Tea and Green Tea for the Brain

Personally, I like my iced Sencha for lunch to help me stay awake during the afternoon.  I have the caffeine in it to thank because I don’t like when coffee makes me crash.

As for other people, green tea helps them concentrate.


Many Chinese and Japanese drink tea to keep their mind sharp and their bodies in good health.

Some even drink tea leisurely for the taste.  But to those not aware, there are already studies done by scientist that poit to tea being a drink that can delay the degeneration of our brains.

Green Tea

Recent medical studies have shown that tea is good for the mind.  An indicative research suggests that it may help ward off age-related degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease when green or black tea is drunk regularly. “We looked at the protective effects of two tea extracts and their main constituents, called catechins, on dying nerve cells,” says Dr Remi Quirion of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction. “Our findings showed that… both black and green tea extracts and catechins strongly blocked [the] death of neurons.” 1 (source European Journal of Neuroscience September 21, 2005, 25(38):8807-8814)

Another study investigating potential alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have compared tea’s effects with coffee and found in laboratory test indications that green and black tea could be good for your memory by inhibiting the activity of certain enzymes in the brain associated with memory [loss]. “Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, tea could potentially be another weapon in the armoury which is used to treat this disease and slow down its development,” said the lead researcher Dr. Ed Okello, from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. 2 (source Academic journal Phytotherapy Research . October 24, 2004, 18 624-627

In these cases, the tea used may have been the more popular black and green tea but we should not forget that white tea, rooibos and puerh also come from the same Camellia sinensis plant.

White Tea, being the least processed could even be more potent in saving our brains

Moreover, white tea, being the least processed, is believed to be the best source of catechins, with green tea coming close. The oxidation / fermentation process, which has given black tea its unique taste, reduces the effectiveness of catechins in tea.

So now you have another reason to top up your cup with some more tea – to keep your mental faculties stay well tuned.

 taken from previous article Tea: Brain Drink by Salina Hainzl

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Sore Throat Remedies Using Tea

We now want to give you choices of tea that can help our customers from worse respiratory infections by sharing with you what they can use as sore throat rememdies that may just be sitting in their pantries already.

If teas best during the cold season was what you planned to search, we have already shared them with you in a previous article.

Click here to read Preparing For The Season of Autumn Teas

Change of seasons and changes of temperature in our environment causes our bodies to be more sensitive to illnesses and infections.

Sore throat is very common.  If not cared after and cured, it can develop to respiratory infections (ie. flu, coughing, bronchitis, asthma, etc).  This is why a lot of people reach for sore throat remedies to dodge the worst.

Here are teas that help cure sore throat.


It is a great germ killer to “cleanse” your body including your throat.

An Asian culinary gem, you can also have ginger drink to warm you up and alleviate some of the effects of the change in environment going into the colder season.


If you fancy a recipe using a tea that

This appropriately-named tea recipe is for you

throat-sootherThroat Soother recipe

Osmanthus was regarded as an imperial herb in ancient Chinese cooking. It is very fragrant even when a small portion is used. Filtered infusion works well in desserts. Good for sore throat and scratchy voice.

Makes 1 cup

  • 1 slice of lemon Honey to taste
  • 1 tsp Osmanthus
  • 1 cup boiling water


  1. Place all ingredients in a cup.
  2. Add hot boiling water and stir.

This is really easy to make and very good for the throat.

It makes a good refreshing morning cup too.


Diva is a minty herbal infusion with a mix of throat soothing herbs such as licorice and osmanthus.  Lightly floral and refreshingly lemony.
Diva is a great soothing cup for the throat.