Fitz said

help request (UK steepsters)

Hi all – I am just about to begin the PuErh journey, never yet tasted any.
I splashed out 4 months ago and got half a dozen cakes, some from Chinatown in Angola and some from EoT (2000 green stamp and green peacock). I am total novice with this, none are even unwrapped yet, so would appreciate any advice
How to break the cakes?
how long to air them?
How to brew the tea?
Where to buy a gaiwan?
I intend to start when I return to UK in 2 weeks so any advice would be gratefully received. Many thanks in advance.

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Ideally just let the tea acclimate for a week or two once it has arrived in the UK, but don’t worry – if you have whole cakes, just start and learn along the way. Noticing how they change over time is part of the fun.

Postcard teas has nice handmade plain white gaiwans…
http://www.postcardteas.com/site/product-category/accessories/peng-family/

Maybe try around 6g/100ml, begin with a quick rinse and short first brew – then adjust the brewing time to taste as you go on.

Fitz said

Many thanks – those cups look very elegant and high quality.

Oh! I forgot, I got samples of each. I can start with those.

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AllanK said

Yunnan Sourcing in China is a good source for inexpensive gaiwans, www.yunnansourcing.com. I have made forty or fifty orders with them and they are a good source for both tea and teaware.

Fitz said

Thanks – I know that site but have not ordered from them yet. Might have to wait till after the new year celebrations.

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mrmopar said

Canton Tea used to have some nice stuff on your side. Essence of Tea stated some good points. Let it breathe before you brew it and learn as you go. Google how to Gong Fu and just adjust it to you preferences. Really no right or wrong way to brew. Just enjoy what is in the cup.

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