Help a newbie out! :)


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

Re: Help a newbie out! :)

Postby wyardley » Oct 1st, '12, 02:38

YSLLC's samples are 25g, so if we're talking about stuff they stock, that should be more than enough to get a sense of a tea over several sessions, even if you brew with a heavy hand (for example, if you use ~ 6g each time, you should be able to brew it at least 4 times). I have to agree about not buying cakes as samples - sometimes it seems like "well, it's cheap enough, so why not", but you don't want to end up with a whole lot of tea you don't like.


I would also really suggest tracking down some small samples of well aged raw pu'er with varying storage conditions. Unfortunately, there are not many trustworthy vendors selling this stuff.
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Re: Help a newbie out! :)

Postby TeaGinner » Oct 1st, '12, 06:36

Wow! Thank you all for posting and giving me advice. I wasn't expecting such a large amount of members here to be this nice in helping me out!

Thanks everyone! If anyone else has any good teas let me know. :)

It seems YunnanSourcing is pretty popular here. I'll check out their US site as shipping is near $20 on their chinese site.
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Re: Help a newbie out! :)

Postby MarshalN » Oct 1st, '12, 06:44

wyardley wrote:I would also really suggest tracking down some small samples of well aged raw pu'er with varying storage conditions. Unfortunately, there are not many trustworthy vendors selling this stuff.


I think you owe him a few pointers of where to find such things
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Re: Help a newbie out! :)

Postby sherubtse » Oct 1st, '12, 08:18

TeaGinner wrote:Wow! Thank you all for posting and giving me advice. I wasn't expecting such a large amount of members here to be this nice in helping me out!

Thanks everyone! If anyone else has any good teas let me know. :)

It seems YunnanSourcing is pretty popular here. I'll check out their US site as shipping is near $20 on their chinese site.


I see YS has a sale on for the next few days - 10% off, if you enter the code "sale10" at checkout.

Best wishes,
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Re: Help a newbie out! :)

Postby apache » Oct 1st, '12, 08:30

MarshalN wrote:
wyardley wrote:I would also really suggest tracking down some small samples of well aged raw pu'er with varying storage conditions. Unfortunately, there are not many trustworthy vendors selling this stuff.


I think you owe him a few pointers of where to find such things


This is a 64 million dollar question. 8)
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Help a newbie out! :)

Postby debunix » Oct 1st, '12, 16:20

I have really enjoyed going back to my first perhaps cake as my palate has evolved, and I'm glad that I had that to keep calibrating my palate to the new teas I was mostly sampling.

Now I still enjoy samples, because I've got only so much room in the tea cabinet, and a few too many whole cakes.
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