Scottish Caramel Pu-erh

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Pu-erh Tea
Almonds, Butterscotch, Natural Flavours, Pu Erh Tea
Caramel, Earth
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 325 ml

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ntroducing the favorite beverage of the Scotland-China Association. While it might sound odd that an organization with a mandate to combine kilts and haggis with dragons and dumplings exists, it does! The SCA was founded in Glasgow in an effort to strengthen ties between the two very different countries and offers seminars in Traditional Chinese medicine, language courses and more.

Scotland and China have a long history together. The first recorded encounters between the two occurred in the 17th century, during the days of the old British Empire. At that time the world of the Orient must have seemed wildly foreign to the Scottish officers and merchants who made their way across the Pacific to visit the port cities of Canton and Shanghai. Over the centuries, relations between the two countries continued to develop but it wasn’t until the 1980s, with China’s Open Door policy, that things really began to heat up. Since then, the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh began working collaboratively with Chinese botanists, Napier University, one of Scotland’s finest, established a permanent presence in Beijing and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Chinese Academy of Sciences developed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate scientific research between the two countries.

In our own efforts to strengthen the ties between Scotland and China, we’re proud to present the only tea in existence known to link the two vastly different cultures – Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh. Now, for those of you who familiar with the earthy, musty character of traditional pu-erh and are scratching your head over this flavor combo, scratch no more. Amazingly, the sweet, burnt sugary profiles of Caramel and Toffee blend in perfect harmony with the loose leafed pu-erh.

The cup is warming and thick, layered with notes of damp sweet earth, burnt caramel and cream with balanced astringency and medium finish. What exactly is pu-erh? According to the Bureau of Standard Measurement of Yunnan Province, pu-erh teas are: "products fermented from green tea of big tea leaves picked within Yunnan Province.” Pu-erh teas undergo a unique fermentation process that infuses them with their defining musty character. In China, many people believe that pu-erh aids in digestion by breaking down fat in foods.

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First tea of the day. Yes I know it’s after 6pm here. My day got away from me, what can I say? Picked this one up at a tea tasting the other night as I thought I remembered having it, but now I think I had a similar blend from Capital Teas as this tastes a little like their Toffee Puerh, but this one from WK is very smooth and rich, with nice hints of caramel/toffee. Really yummy and perfect as it has started to snow again.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Love this tea! Perfect when I want something sweet but have nothing sweet to eat.

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I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long, Steepster! I’m in the final stretch of the semester, and also of my undergraduate education. It’s been a very emotional, stressful, and busy time for me.

This is my first experience with a legit, loose pu-erh. My friend, the grad student who interned with me at the library, gave me some of this as a parting gift today. We share a passion for tea, among many other similar interests. I’ll miss him.

The dry leaf smells heavenly— just like caramel. I can see bits of toffee mixed in, too.

I steeped a cup of it in my glass gaiwan. The liquor is a muddy, almost reddish color. It tastes like earth, caramel, and toffee. It’s so rich… Like the Godiva chocolate of the tea world.

Oh, my God… I will be so sad when this tin is empty!

Flavors: Caramel, Earth

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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