Xinghai Tea Factory "The Other Menghai" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler
- Pu-erh tea is made from Yunnan large-leaf varietal of Camellia Sinensis. It is typically processed into compressed cakes, bricks and tuos. Pu-erh is particularly special because it can be aged for decades or longer, always changing and (in most cases) developing more depth and texture. Ripe Pu-erh (熟茶) is fermented during a 40-50 day period under-going a mellowing process that changes the tea into something dark red-brown in color.
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.
10 grams - 1997 Xinghai "Beige Rice Paper" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick
25 grams - 2004 Xinghai "Aged Aroma" Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake
25 grams - 2005 Xinghai "Silver Peacock" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake
25 grams - 2008 Xinghai "Bu Lang Da Shu" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake
25 grams - 2009 Xinghai "Bu Lang Qiao Mu" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake