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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.

  • 2004 Xinghai "Big Green Tree" Yi Wu Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    An excellent ripe tea from one of the original Menghai ripe pu-erh tea factories! Xinghai pressed this cake entirely from Yi Wu mountain area ripe ...

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  • 14 Years Aged Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea Mini Tuo Cha

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    These lovely mini tuo have been dry aged in Kunming since 2005.  They were produced by a Menghai area tea factory and are composed of broken leaf r...

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  • 2004 Hai Lang Hao "Qiao Mu" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

    Original price $9.45 USD - Original price $69.50 USD
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    An early Hai Lang Hao (Ming Xiang Ya Yuan Mark) ripe pu-erh tea production. Pressed in 2004 from Menghai area 2002 wet-piled tea, this has been age...

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  • 13 Years Aged Ripe Pu-erh tea Mini Tuo Cha of Menghai

    Original price $9.00 USD - Original price $120.00 USD
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    A well aged mini tuo made from 2004 Menghai area ripe material.  There is a small amount of raw pu-erh material mixed in with the ripe material gi...

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  • 2004 Tian Fu Xiang "Menghai Ripe Brick" Aged Pu-erh Tea

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    Tian Fu Xiang was a small Menghai Tea factory that started in the early-2000s.  Tian Fu Xiang was started by Zhang Li Xiang who worked for the Meng...

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  • 2004 Xinghai "Aged Aroma" Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Banna aged ripe tea from Xinghai tea factory in Menghai (Xishuangbanna).  This is a lovely pungent and thick Menghai area ripe tea that has mature...

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  • 2004 Mengyang "Aged Aroma" Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    From the Mengyang Guoyan Tea Factory, this lovely Banna Aged ripe pu-erh tea cake is perfect to enjoy right now!  Dong Guoyan is an ex-Menghai te...

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  • 2004 Nan Jian Feng Huang Ripe Pu-erh Tea Tuo Cha

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    10 years aged ripe pu-erh tea, fermented in the Nan Jian Tu Lin tea factory!  Spring material from 2002-2004 was expertly fermented for 46 days, g...

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  • 2004 Nan Qiao "Fu Dao" Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    "Fu Dao" 福到refers to the turning upside down of the "福" character which means Prosperity Arrives! Nan Qiao tea factory is an older more establishe...

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