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Ripe Pu-erh Tea

Ripe Pu-erh Tea is a sub-type of Pu-erh tea that has undergone a "wet piling" process.  Wet Piling aka "wo dui" was originally applied to Pu-erh in the 1970's as a way to fast age raw pu-erh (sheng cha), making it more palatable and smooth like a fully aged raw pu-erh.

The process is accomplished by piling sheng pu-erh mao cha (uncompressed sheng puer) about a meter high in a covered clean space where it is kept wet and allowed to ferment for 45 days.  The pile is often covered with large cloths to retard evaporation of the water and the pile is turned every few days so that the inner contents are not overly fermented, allowing a consistent level of fermentation for the entire batch.

The wet piling process has many other factors that impact the quality of the end product.  The water used to keep the pile wet is very important.  It is said that Menghai Tea Factory Brand Ripe Pu-erh teas have such a sweet taste due to the sweetness of the well water on their property.  The ambient temperature and humidity level in the immediate area where the wet piling is done can also impact the process.  The size and turning of the pile must be well regulated and the frequency of the turning is largely determined by the "wet piling master" who oversees the whole process.

  • 2014 Gu Ming Xiang "Bu Lang Tribute Cake" Ripe Pu-erh Tea

    Original price $7.20 USD - Original price $62.00 USD
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    Another high quality ripe pu-erh tea from Gu Ming Xiang!  This is entirely Spring 2011 fermented wild arbor tea from Bu Lang area of Menghai.  The...

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  • 2017 Gu Ming Xiang "Zheng Zhuan" Bu Lang Mountains Ripe Pu-erh Tea

    Original price $5.00 USD - Original price $52.00 USD
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    This is made entirely from wet piled Bu Lang pu-erh tea picked in 2012 and 2013 and wet piled in 2013. After wet piling the ripe pu-erh tea was sto...

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  • 2011 Gu Ming Xiang "Classic Jingmai" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

    Original price $7.00 USD - Original price $64.00 USD
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    Spring 2011 Jing Mai Mountain tea leaves were wet piled in Menghai town for 45 days before being graded, blended and pressed into these lovely ripe...

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  • 2009 Big Classic "Remote Mountain Old Tree" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

    Original price $6.10 USD - Original price $51.00 USD
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    2009 Big Classic " Remote Mountain, Old Tree " Ripe Pu-erh tea cakeSpring 2009 Da Hu Sai (Mengku county) wild arbor pu-erh tea was expertly ferment...

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