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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.

  • Aged Menghai Gong Ting Grade Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    Gong Ting (aka Palace Grade) Ripe Pu-erh tea is the smallest and tippiest grade of Ripe Pu-erh available.  When a wet pile batch is completed and t...

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  • 2009 Xinghai "Bu Lang Qiao Mu" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Lovely Bu Lang Mountain area ripe pu-erh tea!  Tippy, thick, and aromatic! Xinghai tea factory is the 2nd producer of ripe tea in Menghai town (aft...

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  • 2009 Liming "Aged Aroma" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a potent ripe tippy grade ripe pu-erh tea from Liming Tea Factory in Menghai.  Lightly fermented to preserve it's aroma and strength this ...

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  • 2013 Long Xin Tang Yi Wu Gu Shu Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Entirely Yi Wu tea leaves fermented and pressed in Menghai.  Spring 2009 Yi Wu plantation (not Gu Shu) was picked and blended, then fermented for ...

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  • 2009 Xinghai "Dragon" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake

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    Xinghai tea factory of Menghai is one of the classic producers of Ripe Pu-erh tea.  This tea was pressed from high grade Gong Ting and 1st grade f...

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  • 2009 Long Xin Tang "Nan Nuo Shan" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Made entirely from spring harvest Nan Nuo Mountain tea leaves, picked, processed and sun-dried, then fermented for 48 days in a nearby Menghai are...

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

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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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  • 2009 Nan Qiao "Wu Yin Cha Pin" Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Nan Qiao is a medium size tea factory in Menghai town of Xishuangbanna.  It specializes in ripe pu-erh tea wet piling and does many productions of...

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  • 2009 Hai Lang Hao "Jin Hao Gong Bing" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a Gong Ting grade Ripe pu-erh tea fermented using spring 2007 Jing Mai mountain material. The tea has been stored in a loose form in Mengha...

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  • 2009 Menghai 7562 Classic Ripe Pu-erh Brick Tea

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    One of the many 1975 classic recipe teas from Menghai Tea Factory. This is a tried and true recipe that is a prime candidate for near-term aging an...

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