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by Rickpatbrown
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul
Replies: 54
Views: 5340

Re: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul

Unfortunately, with internet tea, price is the most obvious metric for value. How have you arrived at this conclusion, if you don't mind my asking? What is an internet tea in contrast to a non-internet tea. I'm not familiar with these categories. The type of tea that someone buys from the internet,...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul
Replies: 54
Views: 5340

Re: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul

You need to drink and drink and drink. Then drink and drink some more. Try to get less caught up on the price of the tea. Price in puerh is like price in wine. It's the exact same. There are some v. good Bulgarian and California wines that will NEVER reach the price point of such and such French wi...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul
Replies: 54
Views: 5340

Re: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul

Some great info here. Thanks everyone. I also spent the last few days going through the puerh section on teachat. I made it back to 2014, reading threads that caught my eye. I see what a lot of people are saying. I was assuming that since western storage started about 10-15 years ago in earnest, we'...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul
Replies: 54
Views: 5340

Re: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul

A lot of those early pu'er drinkers dropped out of the tea-hobbyist scene completely, or found that things were ending not where they expected. Two good folks to look into, I think, are David Lee Hoffman and Mike Petro, who are both good representations of a certain type of pu'er tea-buyer. Thanks ...
by Rickpatbrown
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul
Replies: 54
Views: 5340

Re: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul

Seems you've set a project for yourself. What a thorough post. It sounds like you're a tea speculator. You have to understand that if you're seeking to speculate that you must purchase productions that are highly regarded or have the potential to be highly regarded in future. You must recognize tha...
by Rickpatbrown
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul
Replies: 54
Views: 5340

Re: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul

Right now, I have some ~2005 cakes that are really nice. I feel like 15 years is a good place to start really enjoying (depending on storage, of course). Were these cakes stored for 15 years in your own appartment? The first thing I would consider before making any decision about how much puer to b...
by Rickpatbrown
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Farmer Leaf video -Map tour of Xishaungbanna
Replies: 0
Views: 313

Farmer Leaf video -Map tour of Xishaungbanna

https://youtu.be/EL2C3MUWeRY

This is a really great video for anyone who has been as confused as me about the differnet prefecture/counties/regions/mountains/villages referred to in the pu'erh world .

Hope you find it useful!
by Rickpatbrown
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Buying Pu'erh for the long haul
Replies: 54
Views: 5340

Buying Pu'erh for the long haul

I know this topic has been discussed before, but there are a few considerations that I havent figured out. Plus, y'all are way more knowledgable and will probably teach me some stuff. So I did "the" calculation last night. I'm assuming I have about 30-40 years of tea drinking ahead of me. I average ...
by Rickpatbrown
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1618
Views: 291081

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

2003 Hong Kong Henry “Conscientious Prescription” 7542 from TWL Just what I needed. Nice dark notes, herbaceous wood, incense. Smooth and easy drinking with a calming energy. I mislabeled the jar last month and drank about 3 sessions of this pretty heavy handedly, thinking it was the 2008 Dayi 8582....
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Humidity Control: DIY Salt Packs
Replies: 60
Views: 32813

Re: Humidity Control: DIY Salt Packs

put a shot glass or bottle cap of saturated NaCl solution (+ excess NaCl) in a high quality ziplock bag or a canning jar or something with your hygrometer and leave it for a while at room temp. if it doesn't read 74-75%, your hygrometer is out of cal. Thanks. This was a good idea. One of my hydrome...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1667
Views: 326727

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Many people like to read "Alishan" or "Lishan" etc. Or 2200 meters ... I have the same impression. People seem to be more obsessed about the supposed story and origin behind a tea, rather than its actual qualities. For me, it was really hard when I started out. I had no idea what excellent tea is s...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1667
Views: 326727

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

It's always a good day when I get a box from Taiwan! 20200616_115654.jpg 2020 Spring gaoshan Alishan and Lishan I was told that 2 jin were Dayuling 89k. She romanized the farm to BiLuXi, but I can't find info on it. From what I see on this forum, "real" Dayuling is higher up the road than 89K. Plus,...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Humidity Control: DIY Salt Packs
Replies: 60
Views: 32813

Re: Humidity Control: DIY Salt Packs

I've been using a pure NaCl mixture in my wine coolers for about a year now. I have 2 setups. One for sheng and one for shou. My RH is always between 69-71%. Does anyone know why my reading are lower than the 75% noted in the references in the original post? I have 2 hydrometers from differnet brand...
by Rickpatbrown
Sun May 31, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?
Replies: 23
Views: 2925

Re: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?

I think that's a good explanation, thanks, Bok :) but I dont see that being a big deal for the first steep. And after the first steep you empty the water in a wastewater bowl/jar? I am asking because I have seen people nearly drowning the teapot in wastewater during the whole session and this defin...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat May 30, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?
Replies: 23
Views: 2925

Re: Yixing teapot - maintain temperature with surrounding water?

I always pour my rinses on my pot to try to develope a patina. It seems to reason that waste water is cooler than the pot, so it would indeed cool it, but I dont see that being a big deal for the first steep. What I've witnessed on subsequent steeps, is people pouring water from the kettle over the ...