10/3/17: SMALL, VERY SMALL SHOP OPENING AT THE ICA IN LONDON. GRAB IT WHILE YOU CAN HERE. EVERYTHING ON THIS SITE IS NOT FOR SALE AND IS PART OF AN ARCHIVE. INTERESTED IN THE ARCHIVE, THE WHOLE THING? WRITE US AT INFO@KIOSKKIOSK.COM. THANKS.
8" x 3.5" package, 6 oz.
Labeled by some as the "miracle tea" and as having anti-aging properties, Pu-erh or Bo Lei tea is scientifically documented as lowering cholesterol and, in that respect, is often recommended after a heavy meal. I was totally unaware that it was such a "loaded" tea. So many issues... even the classification of the tea is dual: there are both raw/green (sheng) and ripened/cooked (shou) forms. The tea originally comes from Yunnan, China, and is a long-leaf tea; therefore it is often packed and sold in cakes, bricks, and other forms. This means it can be easily stored and transported. There is a huge market in aged Pu-erh, similar to the vintage wine market. Cakes of 50-plus years old can be found, and go for $1,000 and up. Although I was intrigued with such an expensive cup of tea, I realized I could own the best tea but I would likely brew it wrong. Instead, we wound up getting a very good quality Pu-erh in a non-cake form so it is easy to use. Between spending my time learning about the tea - it goes on and on - and practicing brewing, I try to do the bookkeeping for KIOSK. The tea should be rinsed twice and is considered the only tea you can store for a long period of time.