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Menghai 2010 "Lao Cha Tou" (Old Tea Nugget) Ripe Pu-erh Tea - 250g Brick

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Menghai 2010 "Lao Cha Tou" (literally "Old Tea Nugget") Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick is formed during the pu-erh fermentation process in which tea is piled as high as a foot and kept moist and covered to promote fermentation. During the fermentation, the temperature in the tea piles increases gradually, so that the tea leaves can ferment based on the interactions of their interior enzymes, thus creating ripe pu-erh tea. During the entire process, workers need to stir and turn over the teas every few days, so that the heat won't burn the tea leaves at the bottom of the pile where it is hottest. During the fermentation and stirring, some of the tea leaves will excrete their natural pectins and soluble sugar, causing them to cling together.

After the fermentation, the workers sieve these nuggets out and set them aside to create the "old tea nugget" tea. So, the nugget tea is a much more highly fermented tea compared to the usual ripe pu-erh tea. This is the reason that it has a greater thickness and mellowness in the tea soup, and why some people say that the infusability is better than the other ripe pu-erh teas. Normally, the nugget pu-erh tea contains nuggets from many previous years, so if you store it for several more years, it will usually demonstrate an unexpected increase in the aged aroma and sweetness of the tea liquid. (See "About the Menghai Tea Factory" on our blog.)

Important tips:

1. For brewing ripe pu-erh tea, the water temperature should be over 205°F.  

2. After many infusions of the nugget tea, you can still boil it, and the tea taste is still quite good.

Type of tea: Ripe Pu-erh

Composition: Yunnan big leaf tea bush

Net Weight: 250 grams

Produced by: Menghai Tea Factory

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  • WOW nice tea.

    by Jeff – February 4, 2014

    My 1st Cha Tou Ripe Pu-Erh
    I have to say very good well worth the money.