Large-leaved pu-erh from Yunnan Province in southern China. The dry leaves are large, hard and dark brown. The infusion is dark, reddish brown. The flavour is distinctive and strong, the aftertaste pleasantly sweet, slightly nutty with traces of bitter chocolate.
There is a general perception that pu-erh should smell heavy, earthy to musty. Older pu-erhs may smell earthy, but not musty and stale - a sign of improper storage.
Pu-erh has long been known for its medicinal properties. It lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, aids weight loss, benefits sleep, digestion, has antibacterial effects and helps to eliminate poisons (harmful substances and toxins) from the body.