TEA OF WISDOM
flavour profile: a mature, earthy cup of tea with depth & a mild pungency
ingredients: authentic Chinese pu-erh semi-green tea
Authentic Pu-erh is made through a unique controlled fermentation and aging process, which takes several years. Normally, drinking fresh tea is best, because it has higher antioxidant levels. However, the specialized traditional technique Pu-erh undergoes is associated with many digestive and health benefits, and results in a rich, earthy, flavour. Unfortunately, due to sudden popularity in China a few years ago, low quality counterfeit Pu-erh flooded the tea market. When Pu-erh is made properly, using ancient techniques, it is linked to many healthful properties. However, counterfeit Pu-erh is made improperly and may contain harmful microbes and also lacks the healthful properties of authentic Pu-erh.
True Pu-erh undergoes several years of controlled aging after fermentation, so we have to be patient during the aging process, and wait for it to mature. Authentic, organic Pu-erh continues to be very hard to source, so we do expect to run out again. If you love this tea, you may want to stock up while you can, particularly because Pu-erh ages well - it can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Pour 2 cups of water over 1 tsp. of SILK ROAD premium quality, organic loose tea. This may not seem like a lot of tea but SILK ROAD teas are incredibly fresh & flavourful, which means that you don’t need very much in order to produce a delicious cup of tea. Using any more tea leaves can result in a cup of tea that is too strong.
- herbal tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 7-10 minutes
- wellness tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | cover & steep 7-10 minutes
- green tea bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 1-3 minutes
- black tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 2-5 minutes
- white tea bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 3-5 minutes
- oolong tea bring water to the boil | steep 5-7 minutes
Loose teas are sold in refillable tins to preserve the tea’s superb flavour, freshness and nutrients. Normally, we encourage you to bring your empty tins into our shops to refill. However, this is currently on pause due to COVID-19. We’re delighted to offer another eco-friendly, low-waste way to re-use your tins!
Brown bag refills are available when you purchase tea in-store and online. Simply select “refill” to receive your tea in a brown bag refill. Immediately transfer the tea to the original tin it came in, once the brown bag refill is home or has arrived in the mail. Brown bags are 100% recyclable, compostable, biodegradable and made of post-consumer recycled paper.
CAN I STORE TEA IN THE BROWN BAG REFILL? No, it is a short term method for transport only and is not suitable for storing. It will not maintain tea’s freshness, nutrients and flavour. It does not protect against exposure to air, liquid or moisture. Air exposure causes nutrient & flavour loss; liquid/moisture causes tea to mildew. As soon as you get home from the shop, or when it arrives in the mail, transfer tea immediately into Silk Road tins - they are designed to preserve the tea.
ABOUT TEA SIZES Refer to the above chart - our loose teas are sold by volume, not weight.