Five Things I Like & Dislike. Short-Term Pumidors, B&B Sheng of the Day

Five Things I Like & Dislike.

Purchasing Pu’erh on Amazon

Amazon Pu'erh
Amazon Pu’erh.

Bizarrely the Badger & Blade wet shaving forum has the longest”Sheng of the Day” thread I have ever noticed. The ribbon was started over 11 decades before, and earliest subscribers included a number of known people including Hobbes of Half-Dipper and TwoDog. Despite, what does not exactly seem like a very clear crossover with shaving, the thread is going. This is largely thanks to shah8’s work, a long standing member of this western online tea community. The ribbon is more lively early on, with the first 200 or so featuring a number of different posters in the initial couple of decades. Shah becomes the author of 90 percent of the entries.
As many did, through the wonders of google, I came across this thread.

I am a big believer that the cake price and an inordinate role in how we perceive the price of cakes play. Sticker shock is real and it is a reason why I do my best to follow $/gram calculations purchasing or when comparing teas. When I did not follow this calculation I’d end up with an entire closet of 250 and 200 g bings, I think.
I do have one pumidor that acts much like the one that was short-term, although I have way too much tea to qualify for this group. It’s not filled to the brim and is employed in a way to maximize. It is unlikely any of the teas in there’ll last. My other, larger pumidor I do not drink out of frequently.
I think this could lead to larger being undervalued in the market and cakes. Vendors might not be able to crank up the price if a cake is big as they would’ve otherwise. Sticker shock is real and a price tag will scare most people away regardless of cake size. However a $300, 357 g cake is 55 percent of the $/gram price of a $300, 200 g cake.

Short-Term Pumidors, B&B Sheng of this Day, Purchasing Pu’erh on Amazon
I see this get asked a lot on facebook classes or other parties of drinkers. I suppose I understand why. What can you not get on Amazon?
But…. Do not do it! Amazon is simply not a great source for pu’erh and you’d be much better off going through a few of the oft-mentioned pu’erh sellers, Yunnan Sourcing, White2Tea, Crimson Lotus Tea, etc..  I hunted pu’erh on amazon simply to make sure. It is a mix of tea that is mediocre teabags, and fakes. Two day delivery you might not get, but the tea will be better if you have just a little patience and order from a specialist.

When it is sealed up tea does age, and you might not like the tea ages, but asserting the tea is trapped in time and does not change, that is wrong and lazy.
I have seen this notion and off, it will not change and that tea puts it into a chamber. It is simply not accurate and there’s examples out there that easily disprove it. Take Marco’s heated hotbox at which the tea is place in mylar. The tea has changed markedly quickly both visually and in taste. There’s also teas like the Naked Yiwu sold by Teas We Like, that was coated in Taiwan or sealed teas which Kyarazen sold.
The other thing that I admire is that this group will be especially cost-conscious. A pumidor for under $20? No issue. Some second hand shopping, a week or two of airing it out, and saltpacks, and you are ready to go. This is basically a pumidor’s cheap college student equal. I love not just the resourcefulness, but it removes barriers. Additionally, it is inherently less risky (you are drinking from it frequently ) and easy to do easy tasting comparisons to ensure it is having a positive influence on your tea.

Badger and Blade Sheng of the Day
Badger and Blade Sheng of this Day.

Cheap Short-Term Pumidors & Storage

The most common example I could think of are the cakes of Yang. These teas have. . However many are 500 g. That is the equivalent of those modern 200 g cakes of 2.5! That big price certainly looks a lot more realistic if you divide the overall price of 2.5 when comparing it with those contemporary mini-cakes.
I have realized there’s a group of enthusiasts those with mylar setup or a pumidor for drinking. Their whole goal isn’t storage or collection building, but is driven.
If you are somebody that wants to read the tasting notes from a long-time western drinker, I highly recommend scrolling throughout the 375 pages of this thread. Shah’s notes are not ones that are straightforward or basic. They’re unique, descriptive, and substantive. He has had a lot of teas from sellers as well as some other sources, like Taiwanese auctions. Thanks to his consistent contributions the 50 or so pages can be viewed as a tiny private tealog.

Undervalued Big Cakes