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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.

  • 2016 "Golden Needle White Lotus" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake of Menghai

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    This is a small Menghai area tea factory production composed almost entirely of tippy ripe leaves! The blend is their take on the classic Da Yi "Go...

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  • Menghai "Everyday Drinker" Loose Leaf Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    This is a nice loose leaf ripe pu-erh tea that is sweet, fruity, and smooth.  In later steeps it becomes kind of creamy.  It takes about 6-8 steeps...

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  • 2016 Xiaguan "Xiao Fa" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Tuo in Box

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    The "Xiao Fa" or "Little French" tuo is a classic Xiaguan Ripe Pu-erh tuo tea.  It has been produced since the 1970's. It was the first Pu-erh tea...

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  • "10 Years Aged Rhyme" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a 2016 pressing from 10 years aged ripe pu-erh tea from Dehong.  The taste is creamy, sweet, and velvety smooth!   An excellent ripe that i...

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  • 2019 Heng Tong Hao "Gong Ting Tribute Cake" Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    This is a gong ting grade tea cake made by Menghai area producer Heng Tong Hao (恒桐号)!  Pressed from semi-aged gong ting grade ripe tea leaves this ...

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  • 2016 Menghai Tea Factory "Hou De" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a 2016 pressing from the world's foremost producer of ripe pu-erh tea!  Blended from various grades of semi-aged (2 to 3 year) ripe pu-erh ...

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  • 2016 Menghai "Golden Fruit" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Entirely new production of Da Yi ripe called "金果" or Golden Fruit.  It refers to the Peach of Immortality that grows in the orchard of the Celestia...

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  • 2016 Menghai 7592 1601 Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Da Yi's famous 7592 recipe!  Classic coarse leaf recipe makes for a full bodied tea and excellent aging potential.  Don't take me word for it, try ...

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  • 2016 Jiu Wan "Aged Aroma" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    A lovely ripe tea made from Lincang and Menghai Spring 2016 harvested tea! Their old fermentation master Dong Guo Hong came out of retirement to o...

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  • 2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Menghai Lao Cha Tou" 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. Typic...

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  • 2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Wild Purple Green Mark" Ripe Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    What happens when you skillfully blend Wild Purple "Ye Sheng" Raw Pu-erh tea from with wild arbor ripe pu-erh tea from Mengku?  You get something ...

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  • 2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Green Mark" Ripe Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    With this lovely cake we celebrate an age-old tradition of mixing raw and ripe pu-erh tea together to create a harmonious blend worthy of aging.  ...

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  • 2016 Hai Lang Hao "Lao Man E" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

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    Entirely Lao Man E old plantation material Lao Man E village in the Bu Lang mountains. Lao Man E is a village in the Bu Lang Mountain range, not f...

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  • 2016 Menghai "Aged Aroma" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    "Yue Chen Yue Xiang" means "The Older, the More Aromatic".  This is the first thing that I ever learned about Pu-erh tea.  In 1996 I went to the c...

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  • 2016 Menghai "Wu Kong" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake

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    Menghai tea factory has always been at the forefront of the process of creating ripe pu-erh tea through "wet piling". Their expertise at selecting ...

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  • 2016 Menghai "Chen Xiang Ya Yun" Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    "Chen Xiang Ya Yun" means Aged Aroma Elegance! This is a one time recipe from Menghai Tea Factory that is a blend of 5 years and older aged ripe pu...

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  • 2016 Menghai "Hui Zhi Yun" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Hui Zhi Yun is a new recipe for 2016 from Menghai Tea Factory. Ripe pu-erh leaves aged 1 to 3 years blended together to create a robust taste with ...

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  • 2016 Menghai "Ba Ji Pu Bing" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    A modern classic of Da Yi! The first and previous time "Ba Ji Pu Bing was produced was 2005. The 2005 version became a modern classic and has incre...

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  • 2016 Menghai "7572" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    A classic recipe from Menghai. This is an average blend of 7th grade material that was fermented last year, so the cake does not have that just fer...

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