Pu-erh tea traces its origins back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and was historically used as a tribute tea offered to Chinese emperors. The tradition of offering Pu-erh tea as tribute extended through various dynasties, including the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. During these periods, Pu-erh tea continued to be prized and treasured for its rarity and exceptional qualities.
The citrus peel can be sourced from different citrus fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, or mandarins. The peels are dried and then mixed with the Pu-erh leaves during processing, allowing the flavors to infuse together. Citrus peels are rich in essential oils, giving them their characteristic citrusy aroma and flavor. The taste can be bright, zesty, and slightly bitter, depending on the specific fruit.