The Most Expensive Tea from the Oldest Trees

The fabled tea was served to Chinese royalty and supposedly provides a number of health benefits.

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For those new to the world of tea, this is an exciting opportunity of which you should not partake. With only a few Ancient trees left in existence and their leaves saved and sold only to government and royalty, Ancient Pu'erh should be curated for those that can appreciate a cup so rare. California Tea House in Los Angeles recently got their hands on a small batch through a very gratuitous, insider connection. 

For true pu'erh officianados, this is a rare, special treat. Ancient Pu'erh comes from Kun Lu Royal tea farm, which is famous for its historic trees used to make royal tribute tea for Chinese emperors. The ancient trees have witnessed the change in tea production and how tea has become a quantity over quality commodity.  When the first ripe pu'erh was created in 1973, it became easy to mass produce teas that fast-forward years of natural fermentation. 

Undergoing the traditional, natural and unforced fermentation process, Ancient Pu'erh tea leaves reveal mellow and smooth notes of wood, honeysuckle, tobacco, walnuts and vanilla. They have a flavor described as rich and complex, yet light and exhilarating.

Famous for aiding digestion, lowering bad cholesterol, aiding weight loss more efficiently than green teareducing body mass index and improving the lipid profile, pu'erh has been a favorite tea choice after meal for many avid tea drinkers, especially after large holiday meals. The tea sells for about $17/ounce.