2007 White Dragon "Lao Cha Tou Nuggets" Ripe Pu-erh Tea of Jing Gu

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Cream, Leather, Stonefruits
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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 oz / 150 ml

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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.

We drank more than 10 different “cha tou” before deciding on this one, we think the best of them all! The tea was fermented in 2007 at the Jinggu Tea Factory in Simao. 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!!!

Same material as used in our 2009 Cha Tou brick.

Net Weight: 100 grams per bag
Fermentation time: August-September 2007
Harvest Area: Jinggu County of Simao Prefecture

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992 tasting notes

MMMMM! These nuggets are delicious!

Super creamy with lots of dark dried fruit flavors. Raisin, date and prune. YUM!

SO good.

Cameron B.

LOL! “These nuggets are delicious!” I actually giggled.


On the wishlist it goes!!!


hehe, good job Cam ;)


Tealizzy, they are sold out ;(


Aww really? boo, I only have one serving left. Oh well, still was a delicious one to sample :D


Bummer! It sounded amazing!

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Boychik sent samples with the Yunnan Sourcing tea I ordered and this was one — thank you! I split it in half so I could have the other half of the sample. So I steeped up about a teaspoon and a half but didn’t fill the mug all of the way. These nuggets are something different – I haven’t seen anything like them before. The rinse definitely had the “pu-erh pond” scent going, but that seemed to disappear with the first steep. A standard pu-erh here – the color of the cup never goes a deep black – it remains a bright burgundy… but I believe that is because the leaves are fairly bigger. Just like a black tea, the smaller the leaves the deeper color of the brew. The flavor is smooth, sweet, a little like slightly smoky leather. I was reminded of marshmallows with one sip. This is a great pu-erh but it does lack a tiny nudge of something special to make it stand out from the pu-erh pack.
1 1/2 tsp (mug not filled all the way) // just boiled // rinse // 2 min // 3 min // 4 min

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I got it yesterday from YS US site. It took only 4 days. I’m still awaiting my order fr China which I placed a month ago. Sigh
Anyway this tea is awesome. Never thought, just gave it a shot. The brew is deep red. Wet leaves smell of prunes. The brew tastes like prunes and some leather. It’s smooth and creamy. Yum. I think I should get more of it.
2 rinses 5/10/15/30 etc

Flavors: Cream, Leather, Stonefruits

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

Ha, I got another bag of these this week too (have had them before), love how mellow and smooth they are, with (for me at least) a very relaxing almost narcotic qi.

YS also has a 250g brick made of these same nuggets ( http://www.yunnansourcing.us/store/product.php?id_product=36 ) but the brick’s price has gone way too high. I wonder if their younger cha tou bricks are made from similarly excellent material.


haha, I see you actually got 3 of the same things I did! You’re going to LOVE the Mao Feng!


sansnipple, i have to admit its not a coincidence. I kinda “borrowed” some ideas of your order. And I’m happy i did. Haha, I hope you don’t mind;)

Doug F

I’ll have to include this with my upcoming YS order of Imperial Mojiang


You should if you like sweet stone fruit notes. No earthiness . I only recommend to drink it at night. Fell asleep like a baby;)

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