Lao Cha Tou Ripe Pu erh China Cooked Pu erh Tea

Tea prices and quantities are per kg (2.2lb) unless otherwise indicated


Harvest Date: End of April.

Growing Region: Yunnan

Elevation: 1850m (6069 ft)

Tea Bush/Varietal: Yunnan Feng Qing Big Leaf Cultivar

Grade: AA

SKU: WF-PULA1-C Categories: , , Tag:

Estate Name: Wu Liang Shan Tea Garden

Farming Methods: Natural farming. Plucked from tea trees aged around 50 years

Production Methods: Tea plucking-Slight withering-Frying- Rolling-Sunlight dry-Pile fermentation-Drying- Refining & Grading

Other Notes: Lao Cha Tou is also call as Natural Tuocha. During the pile fermentation process of ripe pu-erh some of the moist tea leaves form into tight balls and pieces in the core of the pile which are not easily broken up after the pile fermentation process is completed. As a result these are separated during the refining and grading process and set aside as Lao Cha Tou or “Natural Tuocha”. As a result Lao Cha Tou Pu erh has no consistent shape or size – unlike regular pu-erh tea cakes, bricks and mini tuocha which are compressed by machine. It is believed by many tea drinkers, that has more natural taste and flavor than loose leaf and compressed ripe pu-erh tea because it is naturally formed during the pile fermentation process Because of the tightly formed pieces Lao Cha Tou can sometimes need a little more steeping.

Dry Leaf

     Color: Brown

     Shape/size: Irregular tightly formed pieces, curly

Brewed Tea

     Color: Wine red

     Aroma: Sweet – dry Chinese date flavor

     Body Taste:  Mild mellow sweet

Recommended Brewing 

     Water Temperature: 100℃

     Amount (g/150ml): 4-5g

     Steeping Time: 3-4 minutes

     # of Infusions: 3 times

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