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by Balthazar
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1223
Views: 175188

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

There are a few exceptions that do stand out, but for the most part I concur. Non-inflated pricing makes them a good regular drinker. I was drinking this today to decide if I want to get more and I think I will. Out of curiosity, what are some of the better ones you've had? I've been through most o...
by Balthazar
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1223
Views: 175188

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

2005 Changtai "Yun Pu Zhi Dian". Same overall assessment as the post above...

I find it hard to distinguish the different 15-20 year old Changtai teas I've had. Never really spectacular, but always reliable.
by Balthazar
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Yunnan Sourcing Young Sheng Tasting
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Yunnan Sourcing Young Sheng Tasting

Just a tip for when you're curious about the meaning of a Chinese tea term: Babelcarp :)
by Balthazar
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 129
Views: 23904

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

The latest TeaDB video may be of interest

by Balthazar
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2910
Views: 190472

Re: Yixing

I never keep the lid on the pot between steepings, regardless of what kind of tea I am brewing and the duration of time between each steep. For gaiwans, I keep the lid "half-open". I don't see what the benefit of keeping it on would be, whereas a clear disadvantage imo is that the pot will keep warm...
by Balthazar
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 129
Views: 23904

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

John_B , for what it's worth I too have enjoyed many of your blog posts :). To return to the issue of storage… With mold, the question is fairly easy. Does my current storage setup and temperature/RH parameters cause mold? Observe for a year or so and you have a pretty good idea of the answer. But ...
by Balthazar
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1223
Views: 175188

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

As a big fan of both Bulang teas and Malaysian storage, I've been drooling over that cake for quite some time...
by Balthazar
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1223
Views: 175188

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

2007 Yun Zhi Fang Zhuan, from the rather unknown Yunzhou factory. This small (100g) square brick is a Taobao purchase from 2014, it was recommended as a good bargain on a Chinese language tea forum. I forget the price but it must have been really cheap, as it was RMB 40 a brick in 2015. . With stron...
by Balthazar
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2910
Views: 190472

Re: Yixing

I can't help with verification, but what a beautiful pot!
by Balthazar
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 129
Views: 23904

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

Yeah, the plastic layer is actually just to keep the Boveda packs from coming in direct contact with the tea wrappers. Not that direct contact should be an issue at all, the fact that I insist on having that layer is probably a mild OCD manifestation, hah :) I keep my puer in ziplocks (or more commo...
by Balthazar
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1223
Views: 175188

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

There's fakes and there's fakes. The most common type is just lower quality material dressed up in the wrapper of some factory production. The tons of fake Taetea/Dayi for instance. The professionalism in copying the wrapper design and "pressing look", and finding tea material that looks like the re...
by Balthazar
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1223
Views: 175188

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

thommes , Noonie For what it's worth I also think the 2007 Pin Xiang "Bu Lang Shan Tuo" is a really great deal. I've probably been through a good kilo of it, and still have an unopened tuo. A very reliable daily drinker for me, and a nice storage profile. It's the best puer deal on YS, IMO (caveat:...
by Balthazar
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul
Replies: 54
Views: 1182

Re: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul

Xiaguan
by Balthazar
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Liu Bao factory codes?
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Liu Bao factory codes?

Interesting question. This is something I have wondered about myself, but not bothered to look further into. Did a search today, and found this article from the seemingly official or semi-official "Liubao family" . Google does a pretty good translation job on this one: When we buy Liubao tea, we can...
by Balthazar
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1223
Views: 175188

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

The Hk Henry 2003 is a good cake. My first experience from EoT was that the cake was rather inconsistent from session to session, but seems to be better with Taiwanese storage so far (or is that just random luck?). I did a group buy from Taiwan recently for some local friends. May have ended up wit...