Visit to Kun Ming, Yunnan surely include a visit to the local tea house. Visited one of them and was greeted by a nice lady from Yi minority race who explained to us various tea produced in the area of Yunnan. We were also given the chance to taste all of them throughout a period of about 1 hour.
The highlight was of course on Puer Tea, a very popular products of Yunnan.
Pu-erh Special Tea, known as Pu-erh Tea by people outside China, has the features below:
Pu-erh tea is moderate in taste, not as strong as black tea. It can cut grease, help digestion, warm stomach, help produce saliva and slake thirst, dispel the effects of alcohol and refresh oneâ€™s mind. Pu-erh tea has functions of lowering the triglyceride, cholesterol, hyperuricemia in the body
Pu-erh tea is processed through special fermentation by using the semi-made green tea of Yunnan large leaf tea. It is black or brown in colour. The aged Pu-erh tea is mellow and gives a sweet taste in mouth after drinking. It is an ideal health drink for both young and old people.
Pu-erh tea can be kept for a very long time, the longer you keep it the better it tastes and the higher its quality becomes. But it can not be stored air-tight or put in the moisture or close to goods with peculiar smell. It will taste best if brewing with spring water and in a Zisha (purple clay) teapot.
Quoted from http://www.pu-erhtea.com/Pu-erhTea.htm
The processed Puer Tea are mostly compressed to various shape for storage. The longer it is been store for usage later, the better it is. We purchased a 15 years old Puer to try it out (as below).