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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.

  • 2021 Xiaguan "Ripe Mini Tuo Cha" Pu-erh Tea

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    Classic Xiaguan mini tuo cha made from ripe pu-erh tea.  Pressed in 2021 from 2020 and 2019 material blended together.   Each tuo is 3 grams making...

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  • Yunnan Sourcing Brand Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler for 2021 - Part 5

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    2021 was another spectacular year for YS teas, especially ripe! Join us as we highlight some of the these great teas - Part 5. Experience the di...

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  • Yunnan Sourcing Brand Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler for 2021 - Part 4

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  • Yunnan Sourcing Brand Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler for 2021 - Part 3

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  • Yunnan Sourcing Brand Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler for 2021 - Part 2

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  • Yunnan Sourcing Brand Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler for 2021 - Part 1

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  • 2021 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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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Fly Me To the Moon" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Entirely Zhang Jia San Dui Village ripe pu-erh tea! Zhang Jia San Dui is a Bu Lang Mountain area village that is well known for cultivating tea tha...

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  • 2021 Hai Lang Hao "Gao Shan Zhai" Yi Wu Mountain Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    Hai Lang has done it again.  Hai Lang collected 300 kilograms of Spring 2021 harvested mao cha from Gao Shan Zhai Village  and had it painstakingly...

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  • Yi Wu Mountain "Year of the Tiger" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This cake is pressed entirely from 2021 Spring harvested Yi Wu area tea that was wet piled in Menghai!   This is a creamy and fruity ripe with plen...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Rosy Ox" Gong Ting Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    We are happy to offer this unique tea cake pressed entirely from Gong Ting ripe tea wet-piled entirely from Mang Fei mountain tea leaves.  Mang Fei...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Year of the Ox" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This year we went all out to make a unique ripe blend!  We blended 9 different teas from several regions and wet pile batches to create a complex a...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Jingmai Mountain" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Entirely Jingmai mountain area tea harvested in 2020 and wet piled in Menghai.  Several leaf grades from two unique wet pile batch have been blende...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Golden Ox" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a blend of Jin Zhen grade (golden needle) and Gong Ting (tribute) grade from two different wet pile batches.  The Jin Zhen is from a 2018 B...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Journey" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a blend of 7 different ripe pu-erh teas from 2019-2020 wet pile batches!  Full-bodied, sweet and fruity, hardwood and mushroom, with tons o...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Lao Man'e Village" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is purely Lao Man'e village ripe pu-erh tea harvested in spring 2020 and then wet piled in the late summer of 2020.  Entirely Lao Man'e old pl...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Demon Ox" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    A blend of Lincang ripes teas from 5 different areas of Lincang!   Smooth, thick, and potent with notes of fruit, mushroom, and chocolate!  Entirel...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Big Snow Mountain" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Entirely Spring 2020 harvested tea from the Big Snow Mountain area of Mengku in Lincang. Pure, unadulterated teas were collected from two different...

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  • 2021 Heng Tong Hao "8 Years Aged" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This tea is pressed from ripe pu-erh tea that was harvested and wet piled in 2013 from Menghai area material.  The tea was aged in Menghai for 8 ye...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Bu Lang Ox" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This ripe tea cake is a blend of several unique batches of Bu Lang Mountain area teas!  Thick, bitter, and sweet, with chocolatey bite and a potent...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Sunrise" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    Our "Sunrise" ripe pu-erh tea cake is small batch wet piled tea from spring 2020 harvested tea. The tea was harvested from three Jinggu villages (H...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Di Jie Village" Ripe Pu-erh Tea

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    This is a Spring 2020 Di Jie Village area old plantation harvest tea.  The tea was wet piled during the summer of 2020 and then aged in Mengku unti...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Ba Wang" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a premium blend that we've named "Ba Wang" 霸王, which means something like "Badass King."   "Ba Wang" is a sort of neo-classical pu-erh tea ...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Peerless Red Label" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    A blend of the most premium ripe teas. Made entirely from first flush of spring 2020 harvested material from multiple regions and wet pile batches....

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Ban Pen Village" Bu Lang Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This ripe cake is pressed a from a wet pile batch done entirely from Ban Pen Village area (Bu Lang Mountains of Menghai County) tea leaves harveste...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Meng Song" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This ripe cake is pressed a from a wet pile batch done entirely from Meng Song area (Menghai County) tea leaves harvested in 2020 and wet piled in ...

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  • 2021 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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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Cozy" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is our second Cozy release!  Smooth, velvety, sweet, and fruity ripe! Perfect comforting ripe tea for relaxing and winter hibernation!  Cha To...

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  • 2021 Yunnan Sourcing "Bingdao 5 Villages" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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    This is a small wet pile batch of teas harvested in Spring 2020 from five villages in the Bingdao area (Mengku County of Lincang).  The five villag...

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