Xinghai Tea Factory "The Other Menghai" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Sampler

$29.00 USD

Brand: Xinghai Tea Factory

  1. 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.
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.

Here's the 5 teas that you'll get in this sampler!

25 grams - 2003 Xinghai "Wild Elephant Valley" Aged Ripe Pu-erh tea cake
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 - 2008 Xinghai Grade 7 Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick

**Buying these 5 samples separately would normally cost: $31.01, but buying them in this sampler set will only be $29!