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Postby pb2q » Nov 17th, '08, 19:52

Hi everyone. I've been reading the TeaChat puerh forums for a few months now so I've decided to create an account.

I'm primarily a puerh drinker and secondarily an oolong drinker. I also enjoy black tea on occasion. I've been drinking tea regularly on and off for a long time, and became more serious about tea and especially puerh over the last 4-5 years.

My tea progression is probably familiar to some of you:
western black teas -> japanese green tea -> puerh
with oolong finding it's way in there somewhere.

I began with puerh with one of those shu tribute bricks, purchased in a Chinatown San Francisco medicine/tea shop. I wish I still had some of that brick around so I could taste it now after a few years of puerh experience, though I'm sure it was low quality. But it was intriguing, because the tea always seemed to speed up my metabolism and it was great after a heavy meal.

Regarding aged sheng, I went through many samples of some 70s and 80s teas ordered from Sunsing years ago when their sample prices were 1/3-1/2 of the current cost. Since then I've had experience with 90s 7542s, a few other bings and bricks and fragments, and beyond that samples ordered from here and there and tea shop tastings.

I've tried fewer young shengs and I'm only now starting to build a proper stash for aging. So far it's just been a struggle to track down enough aged sheng to satisfy my drinking habits.

I have two Yixing teapots and have paid the tutorial dues on more than a few pots, from being burned on a shoe-polished 'antique' pot from 5000friend (ebay) to spending a few dollars on awful fakes in YuYuan gardens in Shanghai, just for the joys of haggling (don't go to YuYuan for tea shopping).

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to take a trip to China, from Shanghai to Beijing and Hong Kong. I'd recommend a trip to China to anyone, especially a tea enthusiast, just be sure to take a few weeks at a minimum.

I've already gained a lot here in only a couple of months, and I hope to give back a little.

Thanks.

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Postby Victoria » Nov 17th, '08, 19:53

Welcome! Love your avatar!

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Postby pb2q » Nov 17th, '08, 19:59

Thanks very much. I looked around for online images, then decided to try my hand at it. I've had a little practice with other Kanji. It was surprisingly tough to get one that was acceptable!

This page was very helpful:
http://japanese.about.com/blkod187.htm

I had the stroke order ALL wrong. It was much easier starting from the top.

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Postby Chip » Nov 17th, '08, 23:36

Welcome to TeaChat, hope you share what is in your cup with us on TeaDay.

WOW, sounds like you had a great trip to China.

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Postby leiche » Nov 17th, '08, 23:48

Welcome!

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Postby olivierco » Nov 18th, '08, 01:06

Welcome!

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Postby Salsero » Nov 18th, '08, 02:28

Well, it sounds like you are hardly new to Teadom, but it's good to have another tea geek join us here. There's always room for more at this party.

Do you take part in any other puerh forums like the Puerh LJ or Badger & Blade? Thanks for the bit of bio and history.

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Postby Trey Winston » Nov 18th, '08, 02:49

Welcome :D

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Postby Trioxin » Nov 18th, '08, 03:39

Always great to welcome another pu enthusiast. Looking forward to reading your posts.

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Postby Goose » Nov 18th, '08, 08:30

Welcome Pb.



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Postby hop_goblin » Nov 18th, '08, 10:20

All geeks welcome

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Postby pb2q » Nov 18th, '08, 15:20

Salsero wrote:Do you take part in any other puerh forums like the Puerh LJ or Badger & Blade? Thanks for the bit of bio and history.


I monitor PuerhLJ. I watch closely for new cloud posts. I'll create an account there also.

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Postby Luvpink » Nov 21st, '08, 01:59

Welcome!!

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Postby chamekke » Nov 21st, '08, 12:33

Hello, pb2q! I loved your introductory post. Look forward to hearing more from you on the forums.

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