Awazon Sheng


One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

Awazon Sheng

Postby PolyhymnianMuse » Nov 2nd, '08, 14:51

I was looking at Awazon on ebay, and discovered that they also have a website:
www.Pu-erhTea.com

Anyway I was curious if anyone has tried any of the raw puerh cakes from them. The prices including shipping seem quite reasonable and a lot of the cakes, at least from the pictures, look like they are made of pretty nice material. Anything worth trying?
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Postby Trioxin » Nov 2nd, '08, 15:28

I've tried a couple of the shengs from Awazon. Great place to deal with. I liked the 2007 Guanzizai Yiwu Arbor cake quite a bit.
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Postby Salsero » Nov 2nd, '08, 16:18

What's the deal with their Awazon brand name anyway? I don't think they are a factory. Do they contract with factories? Does their name on the package indicate anything special about quality?

Someone must think pretty highly of their 2008 Jingmai cake to pay $38.00 for it. Great photos of Jingmai if you scroll down.
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Postby PolyhymnianMuse » Nov 2nd, '08, 16:29

Yea I agree. I messaged the owner to get some recommendations but all I got was that one, and the other 2008 one they have that is priced around the same.
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Postby Salsero » Nov 2nd, '08, 16:54

I am, however, tempted by this Jingmai and this Jinggu and they have a puerh cake stand that would be nice to have for photo opps with the puerh stars.

Looking through the two sites a bit, I have an impression that the proprietor leans toward tippier, spring sheng productions and my own preferences seem to lie with darker, bigger leaved cakes. That suggests that I might actually prefer the less expensive Jingmai.
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Postby PolyhymnianMuse » Nov 2nd, '08, 16:58

I was looking at that 2006 Jinggu aswell. It looks good and pretty cheap. Perhaps i'll make a purchase of a few of the cheaper cakes they have. I am afterall trying to build up a bit of a collection of raw cakes to store away :)
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Postby edkrueger » Nov 2nd, '08, 17:20

Umm... You can buy that "Pu Erh Cake Stand" at hobby lobby.
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Postby Salsero » Nov 2nd, '08, 17:36

edkrueger wrote: Umm... You can buy that "Pu Erh Cake Stand" at hobby lobby.
Sooo....... I walk in and ask for a stand for my pu cakes? Is there a code word I need to identify it in hobby land?
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Postby edkrueger » Nov 2nd, '08, 17:38

Plate stand or plate easel.
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Postby Salsero » Nov 2nd, '08, 17:44

edkrueger wrote: Plate stand or plate easel.
Clever!
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Postby eanglin » Nov 2nd, '08, 20:04

I purchased several cakes from them when they were a brand-new Ebay vendor. (March of '07 by my records)

I have;
2006, Jinxiu Gucha QiXi Raw cake made by the Fenquing Tea Factory

2006 Super horse 'Four Beauties' Diao Chan Raw tea Cake by Yunnan Nan Yang Tea Factory

2003 Long Huan Hao raw cake by the Daduang Long Yuan Tea Factory (Mangzhi mountain tea)

2006 Spring Yunnan wild original Raw Puerh tea cake (Nu river area.)

2006 Super Horse QiZi (Zhu YunMing) Raw tea Cake by the Yunnan Nan Yang tea factory. Memorial cake for Zhu ZhiShan

2001 Date Flavored Shu brick (Claims produced in Menghai, but no factory named.)

I bought them back when I was just starting to learn about pu, tried them once and then tucked them away in my file cabinet and moved on to drinking some 'drink it now' Nan Jian and silver tip tuochas that were considerably less challenging.

I recall them as being strong, smoky, bitter and complex but my notes are far from complete as I was a complete beginner at the time. I should probably give them another try now that I've tasted more puerh. I'm not sure that a couple years aging in Michigan will have done much, but they are among the strongest smelling cakes in my little file cabinet.
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Postby thanks » Nov 2nd, '08, 21:37

Those brewed leaves are very sexy.

Eanglin, I live in Michigan as well and storage is going fine for me. Are you storing in a basement?
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Postby eanglin » Nov 2nd, '08, 23:24

thanks wrote:Those brewed leaves are very sexy.

Eanglin, I live in Michigan as well and storage is going fine for me. Are you storing in a basement?


No, I'm afraid of off flavors in my basement. (100 year old house with an only semi-improved basement.) I keep mine in my library, which while it isn't completely away from kitchen odors is probably the best compromise in my house.

I'm in Macomb county, outside of Detroit.
You?
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Postby PolyhymnianMuse » Nov 2nd, '08, 23:33

I currently keep my cakes in an old ups shipping box. I'd have to check it for exact dimensions, but it seems that six 357g cakes could fix perfectly in it. I currently have 5 in it and theres just enough room for another of the same size. Anyway, cardboard box for sheng... safe?
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Postby shogun89 » Nov 2nd, '08, 23:35

I want that Jingmai!!!!!!!! Soo expensive though.
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