Menghai Lao Cha Tou * Ripe Pu-erh Tea Nuggets from Boyou
These tasty little “cha tou” (茶头) are from a 2006 fermentation batch done by Boyou tea factory in Menghai.
Cha Tou is a kind of tea nugget that forms naturally from the pressures of compression and heat that occurs during the fermentation process. Typically during fermentation process to make ripe pu-erh there is a pile of tea about 1 meter high. It is kept wet to allow the fermentation process and the pile is turned every few days to allow for an even degree of fermentation, moving the tea from the bottom of the pile (where it is hotter and wetter) to the top of the pile where it is cooler and drier. The “cha tou” are the leaves that ball up and get stuck together. The best cha tou are ones that have not been over-fermented and are smaller in size.
Being already 4 years old, it is creamy and smooth, already having lost most of its post-fermentation funk it’s tea liquor is a clear and deep red-wine color. It can easily be infused more than 25 times!!!
Fermentation time: August-September 2006
Harvest Area: Menghai County