Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh


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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby Bryan_drinks_te... » Feb 7th, '11, 19:11

Samples arrived here in The Old South. I am looking forward to this!
Thank you, Chip, Brandon, and Nada!
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby tortoise » Feb 7th, '11, 19:34

More pu in the dirty south. Shipment received in Shreveport, LA. Thank you Brandon, Nada, and ringmaster Chip. I am REALLY looking forward to this bc my exposure has been limited to this tea.

I may wait a few days to start because I needed a pot for pu. I bought a starter yixing from ambrose I hope will suffice. I have a gaiwan I can use for the ones preferring porcelain.
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby JRS22 » Feb 7th, '11, 19:55

Puerh arrived in NJ today. Many thanks to Brandon, Nada and Chip.

One of my kitties loves the aroma of puerh. She could smell it even before I opened the packets. I wonder if it's safe to share with her?

tortoise wrote:I may wait a few days to start because I needed a pot for pu. I bought a starter yixing from ambrose I hope will suffice. I have a gaiwan I can use for the ones preferring porcelain.


Can this be true? An excuse to shop for more teaware?

I have 3 different size gaiwans - I often have a partner for puerh so my small Tea Gallery gaiwan isn't large enough. Does one yixing or other such pot work for all puerh?
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby brandon » Feb 7th, '11, 20:10

I brew puerh roughly as follows.

< 10 years - gaiwan
> 10 years - yixing
cooked - a different yixing.
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby the_skua » Feb 7th, '11, 20:26

When it rains it pours, OTTI teas arrived today and a box from Guangzhou is waiting for me at the post office. Unfortunately, after tomorrow morning, it's going to be a week or more before I get back to the tea table.
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby JRS22 » Feb 7th, '11, 21:15

brandon wrote:I brew puerh roughly as follows.

< 10 years - gaiwan
> 10 years - yixing
cooked - a different yixing.


So, in theory, I should have TWO yixings.

When I was buying my gaiwans the advice I received was that they should match the quantity of tea that I was preparing. Is the same true for yixing - so If I'm preparing tea for one or two, should I be looking for a very small pot?
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby Seeker » Feb 7th, '11, 21:21

Thank you Brandon & Nada!!! Many thousand thanks.

My golden packets arrived today.

Think I'll get into one now.

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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby brandon » Feb 7th, '11, 22:07

JRS22 wrote:
brandon wrote:I brew puerh roughly as follows.

< 10 years - gaiwan
> 10 years - yixing
cooked - a different yixing.


So, in theory, I should have TWO yixings.

When I was buying my gaiwans the advice I received was that they should match the quantity of tea that I was preparing. Is the same true for yixing - so If I'm preparing tea for one or two, should I be looking for a very small pot?


Unfortunately yes. Sizes of 60-70ml are hard to come by, and you will probably be racing me for them.

As usual you can make any tea at all in a gaiwan, I just feel like puerh tea benefits more from Yixing than most others. Unless you are huge into cooked puerh, you won't need great clay or the ideal size or shape here. Scrimp on this one and work harder for the aged puerh pot (if this is something you'll drink often).
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby the_economist » Feb 7th, '11, 23:08

look what came in the mail today :)

decided to get right to it and start with numero uno:
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P.S.: In case I haven't said it here already, a huge THANK YOU to Brandon, Nada and Chip!
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby brandon » Feb 7th, '11, 23:13

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Sample #1.
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby iannon » Feb 7th, '11, 23:32

Being a rebel and starting backwards...#3 for me tonight.
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby guitar9876 » Feb 8th, '11, 00:00

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Nada's Bulang for me first. This tea has a long lasting, sweet aftertaste. I also feel quite relaxed. :D
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby Seeker » Feb 8th, '11, 03:05

Sampled #3 first.
Used 1/2 the sample in a 3oz gaiwan.
Boiling water for 1min. (after warming gaiwan and cup, and rinsing leaves).
Lots of very forward harsh campfire aromas and flavors, no sweetness stood out, definite bitterness - not pleasant for me. Nothing at all smooth about this one for me. Indicates a need for considerable aging for my tastes - I'd take a guess at 10 more years for that intensity to settle into smooth and rich.
Also, the color of the infusion was nowhere near as dark as a photo I've seen - I'd have to surmise that much more leaf was used per oz or a much longer steep time or both.
Didn't care for this one.
But fun and experiential to taste.
Made me break out my good stuff for a smoooooth, rich, earthy, loamy experience and to get all that campfire out of my mouth.
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby the_economist » Feb 8th, '11, 03:14

do you always begin with 1 min steeps? I rather think that wasn't the suggested brewing method...I do hope you shortened the steep time for subsequent infusions after you realized that 1 min resulted in something unpleasant.
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Re: Pu-OTTI 9, 90's Sheng Pu-erh

Postby iannon » Feb 8th, '11, 03:22

wow..i didnt get that at all from #3. i used the whole sample in a 4oz pot that i have..used about 3oz of water flash 1st infusion after rinse. 5 seconds 10 seconds and up from there over 9 steeps tonight. found it nicely bitter and fresh with just a backnote of the wood/leather/earthiness. 1 minute sounds wild for a first though no?
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