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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.

  • Ripe Pu-erh Regional Sampler: Jinggu

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    Taste a curated selection of Ripe Pu-erh from Jinggu and develop an appreciation for the distinct aroma, flavor and mouthfeel of this amazing regio...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Sunrise" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Our "Sunrise" ripe pu-erh tea cake is small batch wet piled tea from spring 2020 harvested tea. The tea was harvested from three Jinggu villages (H...

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  • Jinggu "Golden Pu-erh" Pure Bud Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    This "Golden Pu-erh" is made by a special process of fermentation. The tea is fermented in bags instead of piled and the fermentation period is mor...

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  • Jinggu Da Qing Village Lao Cha Tou Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    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...

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  • Customer Favorites "Loose Leaf Ripe" Pu-erh Tea Sampler

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    This is a Loose Leaf Ripe Pu-erh Sampler of some of our customers' favorites. Experience a wide range of styles and vintages and discover why thes...

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  • Jinggu Aged "Purple Lao Cha Tou" Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    Purple tea (aka Zi Cha) is a large leaf varietal (Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica) that occurs naturally as a result of mutation. This ripe tea is ...

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  • Jinggu Aged "Zi Cha" Purple Loose Leaf Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    Purple tea (aka Zi Cha) is a large leaf varietal (Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica) that occurs naturally as a result of mutation. This ripe tea is ...

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  • Jinggu "Cha Gao" Instant Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    This is an excellent Cha Gao made entirely from Jinggu area (Simao) ripe pu-erh tea.  These mini 0.5 gram bricks are individually wrapped and perfe...

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  • Bamboo Wrapped "Gong Ting" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick in Gift Box

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    This a blend of (primarily) "Gong Ting" grade ripe pu-erh tea , blended with some Te Ji and Grade 1 leaves pressed into a brick and wrapped in bamb...

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  • The Wonder of Cha Tou Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler

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    Experience The Wonder of Cha Tou with a flight of 5 of our favorite offerings. Enjoy a curated selection of "Cha Tou" samples and develop an appre...

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  • Yunnan Sourcing Brand Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler for 2011

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    Take a flight back in time with Yunnan Sourcing to the villages and mountains we sourced our 2011 Ripe Pu-erh tea from! Taste a curated selection ...

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  • 2017 Yunnan Sourcing "Rooster King" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Our "Rooster King" is an incredibly unique blend of ripe pu-erh teas from 6 different regions in Yunnan (Yong De, Mengku, Menghai, Jingmai, Bu Lang...

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  • 2012 Yi Shan Jing Gu Gong Ting Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

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    100% Gong Ting grade ripe pu-erh tea leaves from Jing Gu tippy material! These huge 500 gram bricks are massive and sure to bring the owner great ...

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  • 2008 Yi Shan Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick * 250 grams

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    Made from a blend of grade 7, 9 and "zao xiang" leaves.  Although the leaf grade is coarse, the fermentation using sweet water of Jinggu township ...

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  • 2014 Yunnan Sourcing Cha Tou Sheng Yun Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

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    "Cha Tou Sheng Yun" (茶头圣韵 aka Cha Tou Sage Verse) is our Cha Tou (Tea Nugget) ripe pu-erh brick and our fourth production (our 1st production was ...

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  • 2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Cha Tou Sheng Yun" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

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    "Cha Tou Sheng Yun" (茶头圣韵 aka Cha Tou Sage Verse) is our Cha Tou (Tea Nugget) ripe pu-erh brick and our third production (our 1st production was in...

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  • 2007 Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea of Mengku in Gift Box

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    A lovely aged ripe pu-erh made from fermented Mengku area material.  Fermented in 2007 and then aged in Jinggu County before being pressed in 2012...

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  • 2011 Yunnan Sourcing "Cha Tou Sheng Yun" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

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    "Cha Tou Sheng Yun" (茶头圣韵 aka Cha Tou Sage Verse) is our Cha Tou (Tea Nugget) ripe pu-erh brick and our second production (our 1st production was i...

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