This 5 years aged ripe pu-erh tea was produced from tea leaves harvested in the Mang Fei mountain area of Yong De county (Lincang). The tea underwent wet piling (wo dui) in a local Yong De area tea factory, and then sold to a Nan Jian area tea factory.
This is from a small Menghai area tea factory where tea from all over Menghai county in Xishuangbanna (Bu Lang, Ba Da, Nan Nuo and other areas) underwent 46 days of wet piling (wo dui) to transform it in to a lovely ripe pu-erh.
This is a 1990 release from the Kunming Tea Factory of the classic "73 Brick". The "73 brick" is the first ripe pu-erh released by CNNP. Ripe Pu-erh "wo dui" (wet piling) process was first widely undertaking in the early 1970's in Yunnan to "fast-age" pu-erh tea making it less bitter and astringent, thereby making it more palatable and accessible.
This has been aged for 19 years in a dry Guangdong storage condition. This is a lovely mature ripe tea with a camphor spiciness and a crisp chocolate bitter sweet after-taste. A totally unique experience and sure to be worthwhile for those who enjoy well aged ripe tea.
Lao Cha Tou brick is composed entirely of Menghai area material. Our 2016 production is made from expertly fermented Menghai are ripe tea in a Menghai tea factory under the supervision of Master Li. The cha tou brewed gives a smooth taste and a lingering mouth-feel and cha qi.
This is the highest grade Golden Needle Ripe Pu-erh we have ever encountered! We bought it all after two tastings and decided to press it into a cake! This little mini cake is the ultimate "Golden Needle" cake. All "Golden Needle" (金针) grade ripe with no other coarser leaf grades mixed in.
Produced in 2004 and then stored in Jinggu town in Yunnan for 13 years. This is a mixed grade recipe style tuo. Made from a grade 1,3,5 ripened leaves gives this a classic balanced taste. The storage condition although not dry storage has been very clean, imparting a camphor and dark chocolate feeling to the tea.
This production has been the obsession of Hai Lang for 3 years. He laboriously purchased and stored enough Lao Man E spring harvested tea (mao cha) from Spring 2013, 2014, and 2015 to make enough for for a decent wo dui batch (wet piled fermentation technique used to make ripe tea).
"Yue Chen Yue Xiang" means "The Older, the More Aromatic". This is the first thing that I ever learned about Pu-erh tea. In 1996 I went to the candies and tea market behind the Kunhu Fandian in Kunming just north-north-west of railway station. It was here that I first saw Pu-erh tea (and drank some too).
"66 Da Shun" (lit 66 The Big Smooth) is a blend of semi-aged ripe pu-erh tea expertly wet piled by the foremost wet piling operation in the world! Menghai Tea Factory with decades of experience in "wo dui" (wet piling) has perfected the technique.
Gao Shan Yun Xiang is a premium ripe pu-erh cake from Menghai Tea Factory. There was only batch produced (1501) and it quickly became popular amongst Da Yi collectors due to it's unique taste and powerful aroma. It is said that the blend contains tea from ripe wet piled batches as old as 5 years old...
Another "once in a blue moon" premium production from Da Yi, which was last produced exactly 10 years ago in 2005. The 2005 production and this one are the same recipe, the 2005 production is a modern classic, sought after, and commanding a very high price.
This is meant to the be the ripe counterpart to the "Chu Xin" cake we offer here. The blend is again a tippy ripe blend much like Star of Menghai (勐海之星) or the 0532 blend. There is a creamy texture countered by a betel nut bitter nuttiness.
The wet piling (fermentation) level is medium, and the leaf grade is somewhat coarse with leaves ranging from grade 7 to Zao Xiang. "Zao Xiang" is a coarse large leaf pick that has been wet piled to soften it. With age these teas take on a Jujube aroma (Zao Xiang 枣香 means Jujube Aroma).
This is a 1998 in original packaging tea bags produced under the Lucky Brand for CNNP group in Kunming by the Yiliang #1 Tea Factory outside of Kunming. Although this is tea bag tea made from fannings it nonetheless comes from a good source and has been aged almost 20 years.
A lovely ripe tea made from Lincang and Menghai Spring 2016 harvested tea! Their old fermentation master Dong Guo Hong came out of retirement to oversee this incredibly special "wo dui" fermentation process.
Menghai Tea Factory's very first wet piling master Lu Yin oversaw the the production of this tea under the auspices of state owned tea factory (CNNP). It's called the 8 Character Zhong (八中) Green Mark (绿印) because 8 Zhong Characters are in a circle around the Green Cha character 茶.
Shuang Yi tea factory is a Menghai local tea factory that specializes in producing ripe pu-erh tea. Their wet piling technique was one of the best in the late 90's and 2000's. This ripe cake is made in the tradition of Da Yi's 7262.
This cake was pressed in 2006, from tea wet piled in 2005. The tea cakes were aged in Guangdong for 10 years and then brought to Kunming. This is a good example of a mature ripe that needs no further aging. It's very thick, sweet and rich in taste and brews up 10+ infusions easily when brewed gong fu style.
Golden Needle grade is the finest grade of ripe pu-erh. A small leaf grade but slightly larger than gong ting, it is composed primarily of tippy gold buds. The taste is something between gongting grade and golden pu-erh.