1998 CNNP Zhongcha 421 Shu Tuo

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Spicy, Sweet, Wet Wood
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Boiling 10 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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The first notes of this tea are wet wood and spice, indicative of wet storage. These notes were prominent for the first four steeps. Later steeps developed into something sweet, but with a wet wood aftertaste. Overall this tea is good but I think it needs to air out for six months. This had slightly less wet storage taste than the 1998 White Tuo had. That one improved with six months of storage in a drier climate I think this one will too. I won’t go as far as to say that I found notes of chocolate or fruity notes but it did get sweeter in later steeps.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. This would definitely go a few more steeps if I wanted to continue but I am at my caffeine limit for the day.

Flavors: Spicy, Sweet, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
jschergen

Any preference between this and the white tuo?

AllanK

The White Tuo I have have already aired out so at the moment I would say the white tuo, but the best aged shou I have tried was from Yunnan Sourcing, the 1996 CNNP “Green Mark Te Ji”. It is also more expensive at around $116 for a cake.

jschergen

Thanks. Green Mark is still pretty reasonable considering the age.

I’m a big fan of Scott’s 1997 CNNP 7581 too.

AllanK

Don’t think I’ve had that one.

tea123

Excellent review.

The product description says ‘The tuos have been stored in dry storage for the entirety of their lives’, yet you suggest wet storage. That’s interesting.

tea123

I’ve ordered a sample of the 1996 CNNP “Green Mark Te Ji” Ripe (twice by mistake!) so I’m really looking forward to it :)

AllanK

I have learned the note of wet wood means wet storage.

AllanK

I have yet to taste an older White2Tea production that doesn’t taste of wet storage.

jschergen

Well, what we think of dry storage is a newer thing.. Good, dry-stored tea from the 1990s is $$$. W2T had a 1998 Yangpin Hao Yiwu that was dry-stored. Was a reasonable price but still >$1/g.

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