Grand Shou Pu-erh 1997

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Pu-erh Tea
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Typical Preparation
Set water temperature to 205 °F / 96 °C
Steep for 1 min, 45 sec
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“I haven’t had this tea in ages… everytime I see it, I feel sad since I got it as a Christmas present from the ex last year. It really is an excellent tea though. I’m also in no hurry to drink it...” Read full tasting note
“OMG. Wow. This is one of those teas that open everything up. The dry leaf had that ancient aroma that is absolutely mindbending. My first thoughts after a quick steep were that I am going to be...” Read full tasting note
“Good tea but not aged, certainly processed. One of the better Shous out there for sure though. I recommened drinking it after the 4th or 5th steeping when it settled down a bit. They did a good job...” Read full tasting note
“Dirt in the rain, slight butterscotch marshmallow…” Read full tasting note


In the mid-1980s, we imported a rich shou pu-erh we called simply “Grand Pu-erh”. It was the tea that we weaned our pu-erh connoisseurs on. In 2006, with only a small amount left, we decided to reserve that original Grand Pu-erh for our personal collection.

In 2008, we found a tea that we felt could hold up to the reputation of the original Grand. Harvested in 1997 and aged for over a decade, the new Grand Pu-erh comes from the tea mountains of Yunnan Province. It was crafted as a “shou” tea, which means the maocha (or “raw tea”) was taken through a process of controlled accelerated fermentation. The acceleration increased the rate of aging and in the process created a rich, malty tea.

The intial aroma is one of fresh earth and malt. Brewed, the tea exhibits an underlying sweetness and clarity of flavor that is surprisingly delicious, with a complex finish that reflects its dry storage.

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