yanom wrote:To be honest, probably the best thing is not to buy young pu'er if (i) you like aged pu'er and (ii) you don't live somewhere hot and humid. But in that case, the anti-pumidor brigade who live in hot and humid places should basically just come out and tell the rest of us that we are daft for buying young pu'er and expecting it to be drinkable in 10 years time.
This anti-pumidor terrorist here (
) would not go so far as to say that you guys are daft. But buying young Pu Erh to age when living in a very dry climate is slightly problematic.
I would suggest a safer and easier to be controlled option could be to use a room humidifier in a room designated to store Pu Erh, which will be aired out as normal, and will be in a slightly raised humidity, which will enable (hopefully) aging, without the risks of high humidity in small and confined spaces.
Also in more humid climates there is no constant in humidity and temperature - there are seasonal changes, changes of day and night, weather changes, etc. There are more knowledgable people who argue that Pu Erh needs a certain amount of exposure to these seasonal and climatic changes, resting periods, etc.
But what do i know, i just express my doubts over pumidors based on many stories in which things went wrong. But what do i know?
Has anyone here in this discussion any positive longer term pumidor experiences (5 years +, better 10 years) that he/she can share? All i have read here is experiences of people that have used such devices for one two, or three years tops. How much wishful thinking -that aging processes of more humid climates can be replicated - is involved there?
Is there anyone here who has used a pumidor for a long period and can clearly state that tea stored such has developed similarly to teas naturally stored in humid climates?
As long as we don't have that, we can only state that the use of pumidors is in an early experimentation stage, in which we are far from knowing the end result, but have had along the way many documented failures.