Wet piled entirely from just 500 kilograms of spring 2019 harvested tea from the Da Qing Village area, this Cha Tou is very enjoyable! Only about 40 kilograms of which were Cha Tou!
Creamy, chocolatey, smooth, and sweet ripe tea that last many many steeps! Nice warming qi and lubricating mouth-feel from start to finish!
Region: Da Qing Village, Jinggu County of Simao (Yunnan)
Harvest time: Spring 2019
Wet piling: 500 kilograms in the Summer of 2019 (Only 40 kilograms of Cha Tou in the batch)
Cha Tou is a kind of tea nugget that forms naturally from the pressures of compression and heat that occurs during the fermentation process. Typically during fermentation process to make ripe pu-erh there is a pile of tea about 1 meter high. It is kept wet to allow the fermentation process and the pile is turned every few days to allow for an even degree of fermentation, moving the tea from the bottom of the pile (where it is hotter and wetter) to the top of the pile where it is cooler and drier. The "cha tou" are the leaves that ball up and get stuck together. The best cha tou are ones that have not been over-fermented and are smaller in size (like these).