2018 Bulang "Lao Cha Tou" Shou Puerh Tea :: FREE SHIPPING
Lao Cha Tou! These dark little nuggets of shou puerh are sure to please. During the wodui process to make shou puerh the heat and intense weight of the wet pile fermentation creates a perfect environment at the bottom to make 'Lao Cha Tou'. In Chinese 'Lao Cha Tou' (老茶头) means 'Old Tea Head', where head refers to a boss or chief. Every wodui pile creates Lao Cha Tou, but not all are created equal. We have had many that were merely sub par experiences. The wodui that we took our Lao Cha Tou from was a high quality Bulang area production that was stellar.
We've been looking for an above average Lao Cha Tou to add to our offerings for years now. None that we tried really met our expectations until we found these. These dark little chunky nuggets of tastiness brew super smooth. You can steep these long, or boil them til they're motor oil. They always brew smooth and mellow and delicious. They will seemingly steep forever!
The Lao Cha Tou come in a lot of different sizes. In the tea markets in Yunnan they are sold by size. The larger they are the more expensive they are. We have chosen to include a range of sizes for your drinking pleasure. Some of the bigger chunks can be an entire session all on their own.
Use 5-10 grams of nugs and brew with 75-150ml ( 2.5-5oz ) of water at or near boiling. Be sure tor rinse this material twice for a few seconds each. Start with quick steeps under 10s. With each re-steep adjust the steep time to your taste.