Shu Pu'er

Slices of Shu 2021

Why have a cake when you can have a slice? It's pu'er à la carte, with quality mao cha pressed into a very thin wafer, then cut into individual 8-gram serving sizes. The individual packaging makes it the perfect pu'er for travel and obviates the need for measurement: simply use a whole slice or break one in two for your gongfu cha session. Available individually, in cartons of 6 slices, and boxes of 4 cartons.

Intense and savory, the Slices of Shu seep out a dark, faintly violet liquor full of umami—aged soy sauce, dried mushroom, and nutty malt—with an almost chewy, soup-like texture. Though it's distinctly earthy, evoking an aged paperback book, it simultaneously manages the cleanness of a good port wine, without any mustiness or bitterness. For any who crave a rich and salty shu, it really hits the spot.

See Slices of Sheng for a light and fruity sheng pu'er with the same style of pressing.

Watch our Slices of Pu'er tasting for an in-depth look at these unusual pu'ers.

Slices of Pu'er... Don't Judge a Book by its Cover
  • ORIGIN:  Lincang, Yunnan, China
  • PRODUCER:  Guanzhi Zhai Tea Company
  • MEANING:  Being and time (cunzai yu shijian)
  • CULTIVAR:  Da Ye Zhong
  • HARVEST TIME:  2021
  • TASTE:  Soy sauce, port, old books


  • Quantity: 8g slice / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 100°C
  • Infusion time: 5 min
  • Quantity: 4g half-slice / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 100°C
  • Several short infusions

Start with few seconds. Increase the brewing time at each following infusion. Exception: If the leaves are pressed, make the first infusion longer than the second.
For best results in gongfu cha, brew in a Yixing teapot.

Additional Information

The producers have lyrically named the packets of page-like slices after works of philosophy—in this case, Heidegger's magnum opus Being and Time.