Indulge Your Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Pu-erh (Poo-air) is an ancient healing tea picked from 500-year-old organic, wild tea trees in the mountains of Yunnan, China that are said to give forth “chi” or life energy.  The first to offer a full range of these remarkable teas in the United States, Numi’s Pu-erh Teas are prized for their health benefits as much as for their rich and delicious flavors.

Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Numi has created the Indulgent Pu-erh Tea Collection (SRP:  $19.99-24.99).  A handsome, sustainable bamboo box holds a premium sampling of Numi’s innovative, artisanal and delicious organic pu-erh teas – the perfect introduction to this innovative line.  A unique gift for the discerning and adventuresome tea lover, the Indulgent Pu-erh Tea Collection includes four bags of each of the popular Numi Pu-erh flavors:  Emperor’s Pu-erh, Chocolate Pu-erh, Cardamom Pu-erh, Ginger Pu-erh, Jasmine Pu-erh and Basil-Mint.

Unlike traditional teas that are oxidized for an 8-hour period, pu-erh tea leaves are piled, dampened and turned in a unique 60-day fermentation process. This results in pu-erh’s distinctive flavor and legendary health benefits, cited by television’s Dr. Oz in a recent program.  Called the “skinny tea” in Taiwan, pu-erh contains more antioxidants than most green teas.

Numi sources its pu-erh teas from a 500 year old tea garden planted with trees that have developed intricate root systems reaching far down into the earth. Unlike other tea trees that are frequently replanted, pu-erh’s ancient trees have deep root systems that make them naturally drought resistant and sustainable without need for irrigation. The trees are harvested by local villagers who carefully pick the leaves to ensure that they will continue to grow for generations to come. A picture of sustainability, the pu-erh tea trees, village and nature all harmoniously live together for mutual benefit.