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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.

  • 2008 Xiang Ming "Elephant and Lotus" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

    Original price $6.20 USD - Original price $48.00 USD
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    A lovely pressing from a small Menghai tea factory.  Xiang Ming Tea Factory was founded in 2001 and produces both ripe and raw pu-erh teas from lea...

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  • 2008 Lao Man'e Brand "Rare Aroma" Certified Organic Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

    Original price $6.80 USD - Original price $56.00 USD
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    This is a well aged Guangdong storage ripe pu-erh tea pressed in 2008 by the Lao Man'e Brand.   This is composed of a blend of gong ting, te ji, gr...

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  • 2008 YiPinTang "Qiao Mu" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

    Original price $5.50 USD - Original price $39.00 USD
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    Yi Pin Tang is a small tea factory located in Menghai town and is run by yet another ex-Menghai tea factory manager. The tea is pressed entirely f...

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  • 2008 Xinghai Grade 7 Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

    Original price $34.00 USD - Original price $34.00 USD
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    Produced by the Xinghai Tea Factory in Menghai.  Xinghai is one of the original private tea factories founded in the early 1990's by members of th...

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  • 2008 Xinghai "Bu Lang Da Shu" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

    Original price $6.35 USD - Original price $50.00 USD
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    Another Xinghai production, but this time made entirely from fermented Bu Lang mountain material.  Strong thick taste with a good amount of bitter...

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  • 2008 Xinghai "Dian Shui Liu Xiang" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    "Dian Shui Liu Xiang" means "A Little Water, Lasting Aroma."  This lovely ripe cake has been aged for 7 years in tropical Guangdong province of Ch...

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

    Original price $20.00 USD - Original price $20.00 USD
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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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  • 2008 Nan Jian Tulin 903 "Wu Liang Organic" Ripe Tea Cake

    Original price $7.90 USD - Original price $70.00 USD
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    Nan Jian Tu Lin tea factory has a long history of more than 30 years producing Pu-erh teas.  Their productions are often similar to Xiaguan produc...

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