Pu Erh is a tea that originates from Yunnan, China. It can be sold in loose leaves (Mao Cha), brick or cake form (pressed into discs). Pu Erh is arguably the oldest cultivated tea in the world with evidence of use within Yunnan, China reaching back over 2000 years! The ancient peoples of this area most likely used the tea leaves for medicinal use. Pu Erh was given as tribute to various emperors of China for centuries and in recent decades has seen a re-ignition of interest within China and the West because of its unique flavour characteristics. We could go into medicinal properties and this tea’s effects on the body but we prefer to admire Pu Erh for its flavour and hobby of collecting! Grades of Pu Erh are roughly set out as: