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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.

  • Yunnan Sourcing Ripe Pu-erh Mini Cake Set

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    Mini cakes are a great way to get to know a tea. They're not small, but they're not huge either, so they allow you to experiment with different bre...

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  • 2012 Lao Man'e Brand "Orchid Song" Certified Organic Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a blend of Menghai area teas that were wet piled in Menghai by the Lao Man'e Tea Factory. The gardens in which these teas were grown are Ce...

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  • 2012 Lao Man'e Brand "Aged Aroma" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a premium blend of Bu Lang and Meng Song ripe teas wet piled in 2011 and pressed in 2012.  It was aged in Guangdong until August 2021, and ...

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  • Mang Fei Mountain Ripe Pu-erh Tea Mini Tuo

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    This is a 2012 wet piled tea from Mang Fei Mountain area of Yong De (Lincang).  Entirely first flush of spring 2012 harvested tea leaves were used ...

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  • 2012 Yong Zhen "Golden Melon Mini Tuo" Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    These little "golden melon" 金瓜 shaped mini tuo are not only delicious but also conveniently wrapped individually!  Each one is roughly 7-8 grams an...

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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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  • 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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  • 2012 Haiwan Mini Brick Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    Haiwan tea factory has done it again! They have taken the old and tired mini tuo and re-invented it! These mini square bricks are 4.5-5 grams each ...

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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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  • 8 Years Aged "Menghai Grade 3" Ripe Loose Leaf Pu-erh Tea

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    This is from a small Menghai area tea factory where tea from all over Menghai county in Xishuangbanna (Bu Lang, Ba Da, Nan Nuo and other areas) un...

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  • 8 Years Aged "Mang Fei Mountain" Ripe Loose Leaf Pu-erh Tea

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    This aged ripe pu-erh tea was produced from tea leaves harvested in the Mang Fei mountain area of Yong De county (Lincang).  The tea underwent wet...

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  • 2012 Yong Pin Hao Menghai Qi Zi Bing 121 Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    A lovely tea fermented from Menghai and Yi Wu area 2011 material. Pressed in 2012 (Batch 121), this is pretty much drinkable now but will age and ...

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  • 2012 Guan Zi Zai "Qi Zi Bing" Menghai Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    2011 fermented Menghai area material was blended and pressed into these lovely cakes. The taste is creamy with a slight hint of toasted bean and a ...

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  • 2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Yong De Blue Label" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Our Blue Label production celebrates the tail end of this Year of the Dragon.  We selected the highest quality ripe tea fermented from Yong De coun...

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

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    Cha Tou is a kind of tea nugget that forms naturally from the pressures of compression and heat that occurs during the fermentation process. Typica...

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  • 2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Yi Dian Hong" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake

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    Our 2012 "Little Bit of Red" production is made entirely from Menghai area material fermented in 2009 and 2010.  Similar to last year's blend, but ...

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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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  • 2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Dragon of Jingmai" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake

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    Our first ripe production of 2012. Expertly fermented 2011 material from Jingmai area of Lancang county (Simao) was graded and pressed into this lo...

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  • 2012 Yunnan Sourcing "Man Tang Hong Te Ji" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Man Tang Hong Te Ji ripe cake is entirely Te Ji grade ripe tea, no other grades of tea were blended into it.  The material used was expertly fermen...

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  • 2012 Ye Zhuang Shuang Li "Yu Gong Jin Zhuan" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

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    This bamboo leaf wrapped tea is a meticulously fermented ripe tea from a prominent Menghai area tea factory (Ye Zhuang Shuang Li).  Composed of a ...

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  • 2012 Menghai "7552 201" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    A classic Menghai tea factory recipe made with an average of grade 5 leaves. As is typical with Da Yi teas the ripened tea leaves are partially sem...

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