should i store aged raw puerh with young raw or with ripes?
or should i store it separately from the other two?
Generally the recommendation is to store sheng with sheng, and ripe with ripe. I don’t think the age of the cake will have much effect but I could be wrong. Tea can absorb flavors so it is generally advised to not store smoky sheng with other sheng. I have never heard anyone say not to store aged sheng with young sheng. I would keep them together.
I keep all my non-smoky sheng together in the shengidor regardless of age. I keep the shou separate from the sheng, but keep all the shou together regardless of age.
If Mr Mo sees this, he will tell you to make a pumidor…
Dr Jim you are right. Sheng in one shou in another. Smoky teas away from non smoky teas.
@Dr Jim we should do a swap in the future and compare.
Same here. I separate Sheng and Shu and that’s it. But one quick question: what is smoky or non-smoky sheng?
If you can smell any smoke aroma keep it apart from others. Sometimes it takes some humidity to bring out the smoke. I always check any new arrival teas for smoke after a week in the pumidor.
When teas are made farmers in small facilities, they may use wood fire for cooking and pan-frying of tea leaves. The tea sometimes absorbs the smoke, giving it a smoky flavor. Mild smoky flavor usually dissipates in a few years.
If I get a crock large enough to hold several cakes, can I put more than one cake in the same crock, assuming they have a similar taste profile? For example, can I put a Little Walk in the same crock as a Poundcake? By the same token, I don’t think I’d put a Bang Dong in the same crock as a Bosch. The Bang Dong is crazy floral and the Bosch is more delicate. Am I on the right track here? Or should I strictly stick to one specific cake to a crock? Or am I overthinking?
I think if you separate smoky sheng from non smoky you will be ok. I wouldn’t worry about more than that.
The purpose of separating shu and sheng is to avoid the intermingling of the microbes across the cakes. Separating smoky teas is probably to avoid absorption of strong odours, though I have no knowledge about that. I wouldn’t worry about any further separation.