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by John_B
Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 45
Views: 748

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

Well, I had some aged oolong from 95 stored in Thailand ( sample exchange with other vendor ) . I'm not experienced oolong drinker so can not confirm the age but it does taste like ( had a specific notes of ) aged sheng puerh of clean Puer ( Simao ) storage approx from the same time. And as I menti...
by John_B
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 18
Views: 464

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

I can not imagine that tea will ever be not a thing in my life... Tea is like water to me or bread. It’s just a part of daily life and routine. Not a fad that’s passing when I feel I’m not unique enough anymore in my special interest and need to hop on the next niche, exclusive thing ;) Surely I wo...
by John_B
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 18
Views: 464

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

Although some people quitting pu'er and moving on to other beverage choices would come up mention of dropping out of tea writing and tea circles could be more common. There's a life-cycle to those sorts of activities, beyond caffeine intolerance coming up in some cases. I wrote a blog post about tha...
by John_B
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: tuo cha
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Re: tuo cha

I reviewed a mini-tablet of gong ting shu once that was pretty good tea; it was odd encountering a version that good in that form. There's no reason that any shape would have to map on to any quality level of style but conventional patterns seem to emerge. Bricks seem to be a form more common for hi...
by John_B
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Reviewing a 2003 and 2004 Dayi 7542
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: reviewing a 2003 and 2004 Dayi 7542

Nice discussing, getting feedback. 1. As I take it natural storage relates to the environment not being controlled, not being held in a humidity and temperature adjusted environment, which could still relate to lots of different range. I'm not sure what "mixed storage" would mean. As for spending th...
by John_B
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Reviewing a 2003 and 2004 Dayi 7542
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Reviewing a 2003 and 2004 Dayi 7542

As chance has it I've reviewed 2003 and 2004 versions of Dayi (Taetea / Menghai) 7542 sheng pu'er versions in the last few months. One was from a Liquid Proust tasting set, the other from a local Chinatown shop. Of course that second source raises an alarm that the version might not be genuine, and ...
by John_B
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: tuo cha
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Re: tuo cha

It's not like it means much as a generality but I've had the most consistent bad experiences with mini-tuos of shu among all tea types. All that I've tried were made of ground tea, and tasted a bit like ash. It's not like I've been going out of my way to try a variety of them though. For other shape...
by John_B
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Characteristics of Shou
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Characteristics of Shou

On the one hand I can't really relate to the regularity with which people mention shu tasting like fish, since I seem to not drink that much below average quality level shu to pick that up. On the other hand as you say an early steep can often be a little like that, fairly often, but it's the kind o...
by John_B
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Characteristics of Shou
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Characteristics of Shou

mbanu wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:34 pm
I think the reason people focus on age online is because so many folks want to gongfu their shou, and old shou is flatter than fresh shou so it works with this brewing method better.
What does "flatter" mean in this context?
by John_B
Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Characteristics of Shou
Replies: 14
Views: 656

Re: Characteristics of Shou

Good input so far. To me shu kind of just tastes like shu, as uniform for different versions as any other tea type, but still I can add how I interpret a few main variables, since I've tried a bit. Source region : I've not really drank enough to try to isolate inputs related to area, as is more comm...
by John_B
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 132
Views: 27412

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

That's really it, what Faj mentioned, that relative humidity changes a lot in relation to the air being able to hold a lot more moisture when it's warmer. Next one would wonder if bacteria and fungus growth, responsible for pu'er fermentation, wouldn't somehow relate to a more absolute humidity prop...
by John_B
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 132
Views: 27412

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

I always expected that blogging would eventually tie in with discussion, that it would form a continuum of exchange of ideas with others, along with social media participation. That never happened. I think a good number of people have appreciated ideas that I've shared, some even consistently readin...
by John_B
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 132
Views: 27412

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

John, I didn't realized that I was already familiar with your blog and your writing. I only now connected your name here to your blog. Thank you! Thanks, very kind of you to mention it! Just a few times a year someone will mention appreciating my blog, and that's plenty for feedback. I could just a...
by John_B
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 132
Views: 27412

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

That quote about plastic not being porous sounds like it probably is from Cwyn. Per my understanding not many other people have arrived at the understanding that crocks work well, even among those who have experimented with it. The "porous" part wouldn't really help, for how slow those would transfe...
by John_B
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 132
Views: 27412

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

I was just talking to one of the larger vendors about how tea blogging goes now, how it's essentially over, because people would rather check out a set of Instagram photos with a 50 word description than read 500-1000 words. I essentially never write a post that short, so who knows who could make it...