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I'm new to puer storage and am wondering how important it is to try to separate cakes in your storage based on smell. It's kind of hard to do so as I just have a medium sized cooler as my pumidor atm. But, I do keep some cakes in the paper bags they came in (w2t) with the bags left open, hoping maybe that will preserve some of the original aroma. What do you guys think about this? Is it not that big of a deal? Should I just take the cake out to air out for a few days if I plan on drinking it?
I have left traditional storage sheng cakes next to young raw (in home storage) for years and even sandwiched a shu cake between sheng accidentally for over a year...no ill effects whatsoever! I am however more careful with my warehouse storage. Everything is separated by carton.
At the least I'd try to separate sheng from shou - I put a tong of W2T Lumber Slut in my pumidor with my sheng and it took about half an hour for it to completely dominate the air in the pumidor. Hard to imagine the shengs wouldn't pick some of that up.