The unique characteristic of Pu-erh - ageing
Unlike all other categories of Chinese teas, Pu-erh tea's quality and value increase with time. This is mainly the result of the plant species used in Pu-erh: arbour tea trees instead of tea bushes and their processing methods.
Conditions required for the long term storage of Pu-erh teas
To achieve the optimal results of the long term Pu-erh aging, the storage environment needs to meet following conditions: dry, ventilated and absence of light and foreign odours. Bamboo leaves are not only in abundant supply in the local areas (the Yunnan Province), they also offer a natural protection to the Pu-erh teas while meeting all above conditions. These protective effects are not matchable by any man-made materials.
Bamboo plants have played an irreplaceable role in the civilisation of Chinese history. Pu-erh tea wrapping is just one of many.