ImmortaliTEA wrote:I agree 100%. You can clearly see, smell, taste, and feel the difference when you taste Tim's 8582. That's what good storage is all about. I don't think I've had too many examples of the "intentional humidity added" type of storage but honestly to me the very best cakes I've ever had were always stored in HK (natural) in the plastic wrap method!
I know the tea you're talking about, but I believe it's been traditionally stored for at least some of its life, not a result of natural HK storage (now, traditional storage could include storage in areas with high humidity, like basements, rather than actively adding humidity, but it's still not the same as what we're talking about above). Based on the pictures, the leaves don't seem that broken down, but that was my impression based on the sample of it I tasted, at any rate. That's not to say that it's improperly stored or that the storage taste is strong, just based on its age and maturity. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about this.
In fact, I think most commercially available pu'ers from before the late 90s are likely to have had traditional storage at some point in their life.
If you've had tea which has been naturally stored its entire life, you may be surprised at how "young" and aggressive it can still taste.