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Postby Drax » May 29th, '09, 21:14

TomVerlain wrote:So what are their names and how do they brew ?


Mmmmm, good stuff.

I'm curious about the three cakes on the right side... I'm not familiar with those.
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Postby tacobell » May 30th, '09, 00:25

coloradopu wrote:i have lurked long and thought i might post link to my pics of pu in colorado @ 10,000 foot. hard to keep pu here.

http://cid-8d3e647e8c384893.skydrive.li ... 255117.JPG


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Postby tony shlongini » May 30th, '09, 10:14

TomVerlain wrote:nice spread ..

So what are their names and how do they brew ? We want to come right over and have some tea with you....


I have lots and lots of opened cakes and tuos, but I'm finally starting to accumulate some for the future. I had the same problem when I collected wine- I'd drink them faster than I could buy them. :lol: With wine, you pop a bottle and it's gone. At least with pu'er, an open cake may last more than a year, so collecting them (ie: not consuming them) is much easier.
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Menghai- '07 0772, '07 Silver Dayi, '08 Peacock of Menghai, '08 7582, '08 8582, '08 7542, '08 0622
Xiaguan- '05 Cang 'Er tuo, '07 Gold Ribbon tuo, '08 FT Nan Zhao Yu, '08 Golden 8100, '08 FT Duling Fengsao, 2x '08 FT Baoyan jincha mushroom tuo, '08 FT Xi Zi tuo, '08 FT Nan Zhao tuo
6FTM- '06 75126
Xi Zhi Hao- '07 8582

Plenty more to come. :wink:
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Postby tony shlongini » May 30th, '09, 10:30

Drax wrote:I'm curious about the three cakes on the right side... I'm not familiar with those.


The three cakes on the right are, from top to bottom, the '08 Xiaguan Fei Tai Nan Zhao Yu, shown better here on the top left (I love the wrapper)
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the '06 6FTM 75126, shown immediately above knife
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and the '08 Xiaguan Fei Tai Duling Fengsao "exquisite elegance". The latter is an upscale version of the Baoyan brick, and is really terrific. I have two, and it's worth getting more. Reviewed here
http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/2008/12 ... ngsao.html
and, less eloquently, here
http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showpost.p ... count=1707

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Postby shogun89 » May 30th, '09, 11:56

What are you doing with that knife!!! Those poor cakes are shaking in their wrappers! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Drax » May 30th, '09, 12:59

Ah, very neat! That brown wrapper really stands out... I guess I should have realized it was Xia Guan with that big green G on it... :D

I will definitely add that one to my list... sounds very interesting.
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Organization mostly done!

Postby Drax » May 30th, '09, 13:13

Ahhhh, I just finished organizing the pumidor. I had a bunch of samples that I needed to get into different containers (or better situated, at least). I had also stuffed in a bunch of tuos on the bottom shelf, and that needed better organization so that I can more easily get to the humidifiers. In any case.....

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I think with a little more creative arrangement (like moving the upper shelf up a couple notches), I can probably fit another 10-tongs worth of puerh in there. I've got a recent spate of samples that I need to make it through before I make another big order, but I'm pretty close to the patience phase of just waiting.

I've got close-up shots of the separate shelves if anybody's interested in it, otherwise I won't clutter up the thread :D
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Re: Organization mostly done!

Postby tony shlongini » May 30th, '09, 13:20

Drax wrote:Image

I've got close-up shots of the separate shelves if anybody's interested in it, otherwise I won't clutter up the thread :D


Are you kidding? Of course we want to see more pics!

What kind of maniac would refer to such great pics as cluttering up the thread? :lol:
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Postby shogun89 » May 30th, '09, 16:17

Damn Drax!!! I had no idea you had all that! 2 tongs of Menghai! Geez, you have a great collection, if I'm ever near that area, I'm stopping in for a tasting. :D :D :D
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Postby thanks » May 30th, '09, 17:03

If you have any, I know what you can do with your Belgian Coticules after I get a new TI :wink:

Nice collections guys! My camera has been messed up so I haven't kept up to date with my flickr or anything in a long time. I have too many additions to document.
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Postby Salsero » May 30th, '09, 17:36

thanks wrote: I have too many additions to document.

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tony shlongini wrote:What kind of maniac would refer to such great pics as cluttering up the thread?
+1

I have tried my sample of Exquisite Elegance twice now and didn't get excited about it. I guess I will have to subject it to the ultimate test ... and maybe I should brew it a little weaker, as Hobbes seems to suggest in his review.
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Postby tony shlongini » May 30th, '09, 19:49

thanks wrote:If you have any, I know what you can do with your Belgian Coticules after I get a new TI :wink:


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Postby Drax » May 30th, '09, 21:10

Well, things have been slow(er) in the pu-forum lately, so *twist twist* -- not too much prodding needed... heh.

Bottom shelf:

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The two humidifiers are down here in the corners. I've put all tuos down here. Mostly Nan Jian 2004/2005. Also some Xia Guan gold ribbon 2004, 2007. Plus some other types. I stocked up on the Nan Jian as a sold bet after having really enjoyed the 1993 tuo.

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The second shelf has 2 tongs of 2008 Menghai. 7532 and 7582. And a tong of Haiwan 8088. In the back left are hiding 2 'boxes' (5 bricks each) of 2004 and 2007 XG Flame brick. Good stuff! Some misc bricks here on the left. On the right, some of the 'older' stuff -- the 1993 Nan Jian tuos, I picked up a bing of 1996 Menghai from Nada, and in that bag on the very right are some of the 90s tuos from Nada.

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The third shelf, well there are three tongs hidden in the back. I think a 2008 CNNP, a Bulang Spring buds, and that "controversial" one (: The rest are all onesies or twosies of various types, all in the 2003+ timeframe. You can see the stack of mini bings near the right. The top two are the 2004 Zai Xi Po, which i'm completely butchering. But Hou De restocked those a while ago and they were only like $12, so I picked up two. They've since re-sold out. They have a really refreshing aroma, and I still haven't tried these out, so I'm looking forward to that.

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You can see the temp/humidity monitor on the upper right, and there's another fan on the back wall to help w/ circulation. The top shelf had originally been only cooked puerh, but after today's organization, the cooked stuff is on the right half of this shelf. I have a few bings, some tuos, some loose stuff, but not a whole lot of shou.

The right half is mostly samples (using those clay yixing cups I got from chinese teapot gallery), and still a mix of cupcake tins. I've also placed up there some more of the stuff I haven't sampled yet, so that I have easy access to it. For example, the 5 plastic bags up front are samples of the 2008 Menghai Peacock series...

I was trying to keep the cooked stuff relatively separate, but I don't have enough of it to warrant taking up an entire shelf... and I don't foresee that changing. I do enjoy it, but it's too easy to get good current-day shou for me to want to give up space to sheng that could be aging.

Not pictured: about 20-30 more samples of stuff that I got from Hou De and also from Nada. I still have to try these out, so they're still in their original containers. I'll move them to something better once I've tried them.

The loose samples are a bit of a conundrum for me -- even if they come from bings, you usually get a mix of chunks and loose (depending on how tight the bing was). I don't want to store them in plastic bags, even if they're "open," so I've taken to storing them in clay or tin cups. I'm not sure if this is smart or not, but I haven't come up with a better solution for the 50 samples that I have...!

Anyway, thanks for looking! I'm sure as I continue to learn I'll "regret" half of my purchases, but hey, a lot of suggestions came from folks here, so maybe it won't be so bad. :D Although I have to admit that I'm already dreading the thought of having to move in a couple of years.....!
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Postby Salsero » May 30th, '09, 23:00

Beautiful, Drax! What sort of humidity are you running in there?
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Postby coloradopu » May 31st, '09, 03:59

nice drax looks real good

but

were is da melon?

i just want to know were is the melon.
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