1998 Year Lao Cha Tou Ripe Pu-erh

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This particular tea leaves were harvested from the old organic tea trees, some of the trees around 1100 years. Such tea is very strong, it can endure numerous infusions and still remain full-bodied taste and a smooth and thick mouth feel. Rare, tasty, energetic and long-lasting choice!

Lao Cha Tou literally mean “Old Tea Tugget”, which is formed during the Puer piling fermentation process. During the piling fermentation, the temparature in the tea piles increase gradually, so that they can fermente via their interior enzyme and become ripe Puer. During the whole process, the workers need to stir and turn over the teas about 4-5 times, so that the heat wont burn the tea leaves. However, during the fermentation and stirring, the tea leaves themselves will excrete their pectins and soluble sugar, so some tea leaves cling together. After the fermentation, the worker will sieve these nugget out and pile aside.

So the nugget tea is high fermentation compared to the common ripe Puer tea, that is why its thickness, mellowness in tea soup and its infusability are better than the all other ripe Puer.

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Placed a spontaneous Tealyra order earlier this week (Tuesday, in particular) and it showed up today – which is SUPER quick! I was craving a specific tea and that’s why I ordered, but I added a bunch of other things to the order as well like this shou. I’m running low on my BLT Lao Cha Tuo so I thought it would be nice to have some on hand from another company as well…

Like all Lao Cha Tuo, this is a “slow & steady wins the race” kind of pu’erh as these nuggets just steep forever. While the sweet, earthy & petrichor dominant flavour is lovely, especially with the undertone of raisin and prune, I don’t have the patience tonight to brew out the leaves gongfu tonight so I’ll finish them stove top.

I also had some really beautiful, bright red cherries with this session & cherries are always a lovely addition to nearly any shou…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAL9WJWAqsD/

And no, I did not use all of those nuggets – it was just for the photo.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBcgTO7YH-I


Those cherries look like something out of a food magazine!

Roswell Strange

They were possibly the reddest cherries I’ve ever seen in the grocery store before! I simply could not resist! Really delicious, too.

Martin Bednář

Indeed wonderful cherries. We have huge cherry tree in garden (and one smaller). I hope they will ripe. But my father will say it reminds him communist party (their logo here) :D He is really against them.


That is very interesting, Martin! I had no idea, although I know the color red is associated with communism.

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