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by Stephen
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1545
Views: 246668

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Bok wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:57 pm
Yes most, if not all of them. This brown and the red ones are particular heavy cases.
Okay, thanks. Good to know. I do enjoy this cup. But I guess I'll enjoy it much less often now!
by Stephen
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1545
Views: 246668

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Bok wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:37 am
Careful with that cup, these brown ones are known to leach lead...
Oh really? The glaze looked solid so I never thought to test it. Is that for all versions of the style? I don't know the actual age of this one.
by Stephen
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1545
Views: 246668

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

1999 Menghai Zhang Xiang Ripe Pu Er. A loose leaf tea from Chawangshop. It has developed nicely over the past few years. It has some camphor (zhang xiang) but what I really notice is a grain or bread like flavor. Is there a traditional name or description for that flavor/aroma?
by Stephen
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: puerh: to air or not to air?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: puerh: to air or not to air?

@cbrace

Lots of insightful comments below. I'll just add that I only break up cakes/bricks/tuo that I am ready to drink. The rest stay whole and stored in my tea cabinet.
by Stephen
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Anyone try the 2005-03 XG tuo from Cloud?
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: Anyone try the 2005-03 XG tuo from Cloud?

@Chadrinkincat Okay! Curious to hear more...
by Stephen
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Anyone try the 2005-03 XG tuo from Cloud?
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: Anyone try the 2005-03 XG tuo from Cloud?

Good to hear you all discussing this. I'm not a fan of drinking young sheng puer - except occasionally. Even with shu puer I prefer it to be 10 years old or more. Young puer seems to be so popular these days. To the topic, I've never tried this or any of Cloud's tea. Has anyone tried or purchased hi...
by Stephen
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: puerh: to air or not to air?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: puerh: to air or not to air?

StoneLadle It's just Fuhai's version of the 7572. Yes agreed, I'm a fan of the lighter fermentation. That humidity is the best I can do for natural storage in my area of California. Actually it's autumn right now and pretty dry here. My tea gets a little dull this time of year. I imagine you have p...
by Stephen
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Looking for a dull shou puer
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Looking for a dull shou puer

You might try a loose leaf puer for easy blending. Generally cheap and easy to find too. I recently tried a sample of YS Everyday Drinker shu puer, that might suit your needs. Some herbs that are commonly combined with shu puer are chrysanthemum (ju hua), and sometimes gynostemma (jiao gu lan.) I th...
by Stephen
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: puerh: to air or not to air?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: puerh: to air or not to air?

It's a 2006 Fuhai 7576. So not exactly a 7572, but same difference. Stored in Guangdong. I've had it for 5 years in my storage, usually 55-65% relative humidity, 70-80'F. This tea has lighter fermentation so acts a bit like sheng pu. I just broke up the cake and put it into a ceramic jar, double lid...
by Stephen
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: puerh: to air or not to air?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: puerh: to air or not to air?

StoneLadle Yes, true! I'm always surprised by how tea responds to things like good storage and humidity. I guess that's why we love pu er - it's always interesting. Actually, I just went through this with a 7572 cake. It just wasn't brewing as well as I remembered. I broke it up and put into a jar....
by Stephen
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: puerh: to air or not to air?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: puerh: to air or not to air?

Does anyone have theories to back up these ideas? Or are these just "median opinions"? Not saying you're wrong but IMO the reasoning is often way more interesting than the conclusion. I think the idea is that pu er tea is subject to microbial and enzymatic activity. So things like temperature, humi...
by Stephen
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: puerh: to air or not to air?
Replies: 27
Views: 1326

Re: puerh: to air or not to air?

I agree with mbanu, this is a mix of a couple ideas. There's the idea that puer needs to rest and acclimate to a new environment after shipping. I agree with this one, I like to let tea rest in my tea storage for a week or more. Then there's the idea of breaking apart a cake for consumption. I like ...
by Stephen
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Demystifying Pu-erh Label
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Demystifying Pu-erh Label

Very interesting to see the differences in packaging and labels. Thank you
by Stephen
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1545
Views: 246668

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

@OCTO Lovely looking tea. Are they 250g tuo?
by Stephen
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Shu Recommendations for Sheng Lover
Replies: 33
Views: 1623

Re: Shu Recommendations for Sheng Lover

I've tried lots of shu puer from YS. Some of my favorites are out of stock now and I haven't sampled much in the past few years. Not sure your preferences so here's a range of options. Their house brand is pretty good too. I haven't bought tea from Crimson Lotus. https://yunnansourcing.com/collectio...