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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.

  • 2017 Xiaguan "Da Xue Shan" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Mushroom Tuo

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    This is a ripe pu-erh Xiaguan FT Production of the Mushroom "Jin Cha" (tight tea).  Tea harvested from Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) in Mengku Co...

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  • 2020 Xiaguan "Tibetan Flame" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

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    The Bao Yan 宝焰 sub-brand of Xiaguan (aka Tibetan Flame) was originally developed to sell Xiaguan bricks and mushroom tuo to the Tibetan market in Y...

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  • 2021 Xiaguan "Ripe Mini Tuo Cha" Pu-erh Tea

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    Classic Xiaguan mini tuo cha made from ripe pu-erh tea.  Pressed in 2021 from 2020 and 2019 material blended together.   Each tuo is 3 grams making...

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  • 2021 Xiaguan "Xiao Fa" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Tuo in Box

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    The "Xiao Fa" or "Little French" tuo is a classic Xiaguan Ripe Pu-erh tuo tea.  It has been produced since the 1970's. It was the first Pu-erh tea ...

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  • 2020 Xiaguan "Ripe Mini Tuo Cha" Pu-erh Tea

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    Classic Xiaguan mini tuo cha made from ripe pu-erh tea.  Pressed in 2020 from 2019 and 2018 material blended together.   Each tuo is 3 grams making...

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  • 2016 Xiaguan "Xiao Fa" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Tuo in Box

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    The "Xiao Fa" or "Little French" tuo is a classic Xiaguan Ripe Pu-erh tuo tea.  It has been produced since the 1970's. It was the first Pu-erh tea...

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  • 2012 Xiaguan FT "Mushroom Tuo" Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    This is a ripe pu-erh Xiaguan FT Production of the Mushroom "Jin Cha" (tight tea).  Tea harvested from Lincang area of Yunnan was wet piled for 40 ...

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  • 2019 Xiaguan "Sweet Pu-erh" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

    Original price $19.00 USD - Original price $122.00 USD
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    This is a very nice ripe pu-erh tea production from Xiaguan called "Sweet Pu-erh" (甘普洱).  It was pressed in 2019 (from 2017-2018 material) into gen...

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  • 2017 Xiaguan "Sweet Pu-erh" Ripe Pu-erh Mini Tea Cake

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    This is a very nice ripe pu-erh tea production from Xiaguan called "Sweet Pu-erh" (甘普洱).  It was pressed in 2017 (from 2015-2016 material) into the...

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  • 2017 Xiaguan "Plum Blossom" Coin Mini Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

    Original price $13.00 USD - Original price $60.00 USD
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    Premium Xiaguan production made entirely from Bu Lang Mountain area tea leaves.  Wet piled in 2016 and pressed in 2017, these potent little mini ca...

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  • 2014 Xiaguan "Xiao Fa" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Tuo in Box

    Original price $9.00 USD - Original price $9.00 USD
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    The "Xiao Fa" or "Little French" tuo is a classic Xiaguan Ripe Pu-erh tuo tea.  It has been produced since the 1970's. It was the first Pu-erh tea...

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  • 2007 Xiaguan "Xiao Fa" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Tuo in Box

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    The "Xiao Fa" or "Little French" tuo is a classic Xiaguan Ripe Pu-erh tuo tea.  It has been produced since the 1970's. It was the first Pu-erh tea...

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    Original price $13.50 USD - Original price $13.50 USD
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  • 2010 Xiaguan "FT 7513 Xiao Fa Tuo" Aged Ripe Pu-erh tea tuo in box

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    Classic Xiaguan ripe pu-erh blend! Originally formulated in the 1980's for large scale export to French market. This is the Fei Tai version, recipe...

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  • 2006 Xiaguan "Loose Ripe Pu-erh Tea" 100 grams per box

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    This is a 2005 fermented ripe pu-erh tea made by the Xiaguan tea factory. It comes in cellophane sealed cardboard boxes with a plastic satchel of l...

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