kasey wrote:Why does everyone store compressed Sheng teacakes just as they had received them? They are only made that way because they once had to survive a long journey across China on horseback across mountains and the Yunnan people have stuck to this tradition.
There's no rule that Pu has to be stored broken up. It's common to break up a Beeng that you're planning to consume. It makes perfect sense when you have only one Beeng. But if you have a vessle big enough to cater for an entire Tong.... more the merrier. There's a Pu collector here. If he like the Pu, he will break up the entire tong and place it in large jars and consume them over time. But there are also those who buy them in cartons... that's 12 or 24 tong per carton. It's 7 Beeng per Tong. You can do the math... so... it just wouldn't make sense to break up the entire carton, unless again, there's a vessel or vessels large enough to fit all.
On the extreme end, there are tea hoarders... these guys are in to it for investment purposes. No one will buy a broken up Pu. No one in their right mind would want to break up this amount of Pu for consumption..... To give you a graphical illustration, here's how much an average tea hoarder keeps, per individual....
kasey wrote: I'm new to this site but I haven't heard of anyone breaking up a Sheng pu'erh and offering techniques on properly storing and aging the loose tea product.
Well, I break up my Shengs and Shus (in totality) when I want to consume them. As replied in your earlier thread, storage is rather subjective. The rule of thumb here is not to stifle your Pu. So don't store them in air tight jars or containers. Avoid any strong or any odour. Note that any fragrance besides the aroma of tea is considered as odour in Pu terms. Avoid direct sunlight. I believe a short search in the forum, you'll be able to find the proper parameters and figures you need to store your Pu.
I think what you meant is the broken pieces, and not the loose product. There's no difference in aging the complete Beeng and the broken up ones.
kasey wrote:I also don't want a collection of tea cakes built up in my dresser drawer.
Neither would I, your Pu might end up smelling of fresh detergent and clothes. Prolly a little of your dresser too... ahaha...
kasey wrote:I've only been around here a few days. Is this a new topic?
Nope. It's not a new topic. But an age old topic, often debated and misunderstood.