1995 Shu TuoCha 9016

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Earth, Grass, Malt, Vegetal
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 130 oz / 3844 ml

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  • “I drank this at Hidden Peak Teahouse in Santa Cruz today, gong fu style, with boiling water, 30 seconds a steep. It was $35 for a pot. I also enjoyed appetizers and dessert. The first first steep...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Smooth dirt infused warm water in my mouth. I have to admit, this is a delicate shou instead of one of those ones that decide to beat the hell out of your taste buds so you make remarks like...” Read full tasting note
  • ““One shu to rule them all!” That’s what I was led to believe by reading a blog post on this shu from the prolific pu erh blogger, Hobbes. He said he thought this tea sets the standard by which good...” Read full tasting note
    96
  • “I have been on the hunt for a superior quality shu for quite some time, when I recently stumbled upon this one at puerh.sk. I have bought from Peter a few times in the past, and I have not once...” Read full tasting note
    96

From pu-erh.sk

9016 is famous shu pu-erh recipe, because this tea was pressed very tight like a stone, so the most special characteristics are the sweetness and tight pressing. Because of tight pressing, so the transformation time will be longer and the variety of tea taste will be multiple changes.

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155 tasting notes

I drank this at Hidden Peak Teahouse in Santa Cruz today, gong fu style, with boiling water, 30 seconds a steep. It was $35 for a pot. I also enjoyed appetizers and dessert.

The first first steep was very grassy and a bit vegetal, so grassy that I began to question my life choices. But I remembered that it would probably improve with further steeps, and I was right. The second steep was earthy and slightly malty, with a grassy note at the end of the sip. The third steep was malty and grassy. The fourth steep was nicely earthy and malty, while the fifth was similar, with a grassy note at the end of the sip.

I’m happy I gave it a try. I want to try more fancy pu-erhs.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Malt, Vegetal

derk

I’d be happy to part with some of mine for your enjoyment and education.

Mastress Alita

How many total steeps did you take it through?

Todd

Thanks derk, I would happily accept! I could give you a few teas in exchange. I did the fifth steep after closing time while we were dealing with the check. They closed at 3pm today for Christmas Eve. So only five steeps.

derk

I will get something together for you early next week. Send me a message with your address and any flavors you like or dislike unless you just want some surprises. That’s a shame your session was cut short. The puerh was probably just getting started.

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Smooth dirt infused warm water in my mouth.

I have to admit, this is a delicate shou instead of one of those ones that decide to beat the hell out of your taste buds so you make remarks like ‘strong’, ‘powerful’, ‘woke me up!’

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290 tasting notes

“One shu to rule them all!”

That’s what I was led to believe by reading a blog post on this shu from the prolific pu erh blogger, Hobbes. He said he thought this tea sets the standard by which good shu should be judged. Them is strong words.

This is a quite old and expensive shu from puer.sk. But I was so intrigued that I had to get my hands on some. So I put about 8g into my pot and began with some flash steepings, using just enough water to almost cover the leaves.

This really is a super tea. The first 5 steeps were thick and dark. It has just enough to of that old bookcase flavor to make it interesting, yet not overpowering. This shu has huigan that you can really taste if you are looking out for it, minty and mentholy, but again, not overpowering. There are hints of chocolate and perfume. It is not sweet. Absolutely no fermentation flavor, it is quite smooth. Just a wonderful flavor.

I took this tea through perhaps a dozen steeps this morning, all for about 10 seconds or so. The first six were very thick, the second six were less so, but still had plenty of flavor. All of these steeps were dark as coffee. When my hand began to shake after reaching for the 12th steep, I called it quits for the time being. The stimulation, or qi, is very nice. I feel wide awake and aware, but it is also gentle.

I’m going to go after this some more later or tomorrow. I bet I’m less than halfway through. I bet I can get a lot more from this shu. This tea has power.

I wish I could afford a tong of this, but it is 139 euros for 250g. I’m really glad to have some of it, and they do have samples available. Keep in mind that this tea brews perhaps twice as much per gram as an average shu, so it is actually not as expensive as it seems. The proprietor was very generous, and threw in a free handmade teacup with my order! And not a cheap one, it was an expensive one that I absolutely love.

I wonder what this tasted like when it was young? I wonder if any of my shus will turn out like this when they are 20 years old?

Update
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So I went back for a second round, and it lost a lot of its punch. These later steeps were light, but still had some good flavor. So I wouldn’t say it yields twice as much tea, necessarily, though if you like those light steeps you could probably go on for quite a while.

jschergen

Nice review. The tea sounds great. Did you order any other samples from pu-erh.sk?

Rich

I got the 2015 sample pack, which is a great deal. I liked most of the teas I tried. I think they have a 1990 sheng that might be good, I’d like to get a sample of it with my next order.

Sil

there’s a sample pack?

Rich

Yes, indeed, they have a package of their 2015 lineup.

ashmanra

A nice tea cup? Holy cow, I don’t what could make a tea lover happier than finding a surprise tea cup in their order!

Rich

Yeah, it was wonderful. I thought there had been some sort of mistake! It was quite generous.

boychik

It’s not a mistake. Peter was giving away cups for orders more than 100 euro because of their 5th (?) Anniversary. I got one too. It’s beautiful and very generous of them

Rich

Indeed. Which one did you get?

Rich

That’s the same one I got. I absolutely love it.

boychik

Me too. such rustic and delicate at the same time.

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I have been on the hunt for a superior quality shu for quite some time, when I recently stumbled upon this one at puerh.sk. I have bought from Peter a few times in the past, and I have not once been disappointed. For me every time I have drunk shu I have ended up being bitterly disappointed. With good faith and trust I ordered a full 250gram Tuo and discussed with Peter my reservations regarding my previous experiences with Shu. Amazingly Peter said he would give me a sample to try with my order, and if I did not enjoy it I could send him back the full Tuo for a refund, no questions asked. Now, how is that for service and full confidence in his product.

There was much anticipation when my order arrived. Inside my package was the generous sample which I quickly began brewing in my 140ml gaiwan. Here are my notes.

After a quick rinse I smelt the wet leaves. A rich, nicely aged aroma filled my nostrils with anticipation of good things to come. After the rinse I then steeped for 2 minutes, as per Peter’s instructions. The end result: A thick, dense, dark liquid that to me almost looked like melted dark chocolate. The taste, well simply sublime. Not a hint of bitterness, no horrible “fishy” taste. I am not the best person at describing specific flavours, all I can say is that the taste is thick, bold, rich, aged, with a lovely returning sweetness at the back of the throat that lasts ages. It is simply “yummy”.

Further steepings yield the same results. This tea has immense power and flavour that last many, many steepings. To put things into perspective I must have filled up my 250ml cup at least 5-6 times. The liquid goes from the dark chocolate to amber with multiple steepings, however the taste and returning sweetness is still there. The more you push this tea, the more it delivers. No problem leaving the leaves overnight…just rinse and carry on steeping the next day.

As a test I wanted to see the differences between brewing this in a gaiwan and a yixing. I found that when brewing in a gaiwan the flavour was more bold, aggressive and “in your face” so to speak. With a yixing I found that the boldness was tamed, and the overall flavour was more soft, mellow and balanced. In my opinion both are equally as good.

At 99 euros for 250grams this is also a very good deal, considering how many steeps you can get per 7-8 grams. Shu of this quality is a rarity and I am so glad that Peter has made this available for those looking for excellent quality shu.

So overall this is a fantastic tea, probably the best puerh I have drunk this year. For those that are sceptical about shu at least give this one a try. If you are disappointed I will buy it from you :)

I have not bothered to put in steeping times as you will very quickly work out what works best for you.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 8 g 130 OZ / 3844 ML

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