"401" 1996-1998 (shou)

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"401" 1996-1998 (shou)

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A rare example of a carefully dry-stored small leaf tea with wet-stored flavor. Complex and earthy while exceptionally clean.

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Facts

  • Vintage: 1996 - 1998
  • Category: Shou
  • Format: Loose leaf
  • Leaf Grade: 3
  • Growing Region: Lincang
  • Blend of two different teas
  • After-matured 3 years

401 is a blend of two shou pu-erhs made for advanced drinkers. This was a small production tea made with small leaf grade raw materials, one from 1996 and one from 1998. After blending there was a three-year after-maturing for optimal harmonization.

A unique aspect of this tea is its Hong Kong/Yunnan flavor profile. Wet storage pushed the ripening in early stages followed by years of much lower humidity. The result is a flavor and aroma profile that presents the interesting palette of wet storage without the physical down side of ingesting “moldy tea”.


What's It Like?

Due to the small leaf size this tea infuses quickly - a wonderful opportunity to test your gung fu brewing. It is a very complex and elemental blend with minerals, woods, grasses and waterways taking the palette on a wonderfully rich culinary tour.

Wet leaf:

dark brown/black color and very even in the blend • beautiful juice exuding and quite brilliant

Broth:

medium clarity in beautiful burnt umber tone during initial steepings moving into bright clear broth with gorgeous amber hue

Energy:   

pointed initial impact splaying into diverse avenues of colorful expansion


House Commentary

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401 is an elegant tea, lets just begin there. This is a dressed to impress highly refined gifting tea. Want to honor your teacher with an offering of high integrity? Need something to present to an official who has just received a new appointment? Feel like treating yourself to something out of the ordinary and incredibly delicious? 401’s got these covered and then some.

The gung fu used in producing/storing this tea is high caliber. It exudes a beautiful sandalwood aroma when opened up and has the right balance of mineral/wood. The tea masters wanted to create a product that caters to the modern desire for musky gong tings and at the same time maintains the qualities of more grounded traditional pu-erhs. Their wisdom and finesse achieved just that.