70

I did not expect the sample that came with my tea board to get me this tea drunk. I am buzzing!

Not a very complex pu’erh in taste. I find the aroma far more intriguing. It smells like a shoe box, and I happen to like the smell of shoe boxes. Seriously, I don’t expect I’ll be too picky with pu’erhs as long as it gets me feeling fuzzy.

I’ve put together a small pumidor… Glazed airtight crock, humidity pack, two cakes for now, and a bluetooth-enabled hygrometer. Seems to be working well enough at around 70% humidity.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 85 OZ / 2513 ML
derk

woot. I’m too lazy to bother with humidity packs and techno-hygrometers. Curious how it’ll all work out for you with time. My smaller crocks are airtight, the large ones meant for kraut are covered with loose-fitting terracotta saucers that I keep damp with distilled water.

Mateusz

Curious too… I got a Boveda pack to see how long it lasts in there and if recharging it is viable. If not, distilled water and salt it is.

derk

Have you had many pu’er teas yet? I got super picky super quick which I wasn’t expecting. I’m much more forgiving with other types of tea.

Mateusz

Not very many at all, as someone who’s barely scratched the surface of the tea world. So far I’m less forgiving with green and black teas but I’m prepared for that to change. I still try to appreciate the teas I’m more critical of, though that may be the cognitive dissonance from my limited budget in effect. Perhaps I was a bit overeager in buying 25g/50g teas and whole tea cakes instead of samples first. :P

Togo

Personally, I use humidification beads from RH shield. They are safer than having liquid around your tea and easier to recharge than boveda packs.

Togo

Also, I think it’s a good idea to buy a cake or two early on even before you have sampled stuff. Getting to know a tea from a sample is quite different than having a lasting relationship with it. What I like about my early cake buys is that they allow me to calibrate me experiences. Inevitably, the way that I drink and enjoy tea change over time, so having a tea that’s been with me since the early days is useful.

Mateusz

Fair point! And I’ll definitely consider RH shield next time, thanks for the suggestion. Do you get the tubes or do you just stuff the beads into something else?

Togo

Yeah, I got the tubes, they are really convenient imo.

derk

In agreeance with Togo’s tea wisdom.

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derk

woot. I’m too lazy to bother with humidity packs and techno-hygrometers. Curious how it’ll all work out for you with time. My smaller crocks are airtight, the large ones meant for kraut are covered with loose-fitting terracotta saucers that I keep damp with distilled water.

Mateusz

Curious too… I got a Boveda pack to see how long it lasts in there and if recharging it is viable. If not, distilled water and salt it is.

derk

Have you had many pu’er teas yet? I got super picky super quick which I wasn’t expecting. I’m much more forgiving with other types of tea.

Mateusz

Not very many at all, as someone who’s barely scratched the surface of the tea world. So far I’m less forgiving with green and black teas but I’m prepared for that to change. I still try to appreciate the teas I’m more critical of, though that may be the cognitive dissonance from my limited budget in effect. Perhaps I was a bit overeager in buying 25g/50g teas and whole tea cakes instead of samples first. :P

Togo

Personally, I use humidification beads from RH shield. They are safer than having liquid around your tea and easier to recharge than boveda packs.

Togo

Also, I think it’s a good idea to buy a cake or two early on even before you have sampled stuff. Getting to know a tea from a sample is quite different than having a lasting relationship with it. What I like about my early cake buys is that they allow me to calibrate me experiences. Inevitably, the way that I drink and enjoy tea change over time, so having a tea that’s been with me since the early days is useful.

Mateusz

Fair point! And I’ll definitely consider RH shield next time, thanks for the suggestion. Do you get the tubes or do you just stuff the beads into something else?

Togo

Yeah, I got the tubes, they are really convenient imo.

derk

In agreeance with Togo’s tea wisdom.

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