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suspicious puer

Postby yalokinh » Aug 26th, '13, 22:53

Saw this and hought it looked fishy, thoughts?
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi ... 0639341505

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby Exempt » Aug 26th, '13, 22:56

Pass

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby yalokinh » Aug 26th, '13, 23:09

Thought so

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby yalokinh » Aug 26th, '13, 23:17


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Re: suspicious puer

Postby Exempt » Aug 26th, '13, 23:59

I still wouldn't risk it. Anything with those weird, poorly written names that vaguely describe what you're getting instantly make those a no for me

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby AllanK » Aug 27th, '13, 00:03

yalokinh wrote:Saw this and hought it looked fishy, thoughts?
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi ... 0639341505

That answers another question! I was in a Chinatown tea store today and bought that exact Puerh for a significantly higher price. I will see how it is tomorrow. I have no way to know if Sun's Organic Teas got theirs from the same place. I thought it too good to be true at some $25 or $30 bucks but I was there it was an impulse purchase. I figured I didn't have much to lose.

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby mr mopu » Aug 27th, '13, 06:55

AllanK wrote:
yalokinh wrote:Saw this and hought it looked fishy, thoughts?
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi ... 0639341505

That answers another question! I was in a Chinatown tea store today and bought that exact Puerh for a significantly higher price. I will see how it is tomorrow. I have no way to know if Sun's Organic Teas got theirs from the same place. I thought it too good to be true at some $25 or $30 bucks but I was there it was an impulse purchase. I figured I didn't have much to lose.

Definite no go on the first brick. The second I wouldn't risk it. If you are looking for reputable sellers from China let me know I have some good contacts over there.

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby theredbaron » Aug 27th, '13, 08:04

Both bricks are rubbish. The first one is quite obviously a cheap Shu, the second for the claimed 12 years far too yellowish-green in color.

There are a bunch of those Hongkong based shops selling supposedly old teas for very cheap prices on ebay. I ordered once one, just to see, and had to gag at the first sip of the outrageously nasty brew.

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby MarshalN » Aug 27th, '13, 10:22

The second brick is no older than 2005, because it's from the Changtai group, whereas before 2005 it was the Changtai teashop.

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby AllanK » Aug 27th, '13, 11:23

theredbaron wrote:Both bricks are rubbish. The first one is quite obviously a cheap Shu, the second for the claimed 12 years far too yellowish-green in color.

There are a bunch of those Hongkong based shops selling supposedly old teas for very cheap prices on ebay. I ordered once one, just to see, and had to gag at the first sip of the outrageously nasty brew.


The woman who sold me the same brick as the first brick in this post has repeat customers and while I am sure it is inexpensive Puerh that she had a tremendous markup on I will see if it is any good tonight. It could be something produced in huge quantities that is still available in large quantities and thus not a $4 brick now worth $400, but a $4 brick now worth $13. It really depends on how it was stored, I guess. In any case, I was overcharged or she was. I have no way to know what she paid. She doesn't have a website, only a facebook page.

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby AllanK » Aug 28th, '13, 00:20

AllanK wrote:
yalokinh wrote:Saw this and hought it looked fishy, thoughts?
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi ... 0639341505

That answers another question! I was in a Chinatown tea store today and bought that exact Puerh for a significantly higher price. I will see how it is tomorrow. I have no way to know if Sun's Organic Teas got theirs from the same place. I thought it too good to be true at some $25 or $30 bucks but I was there it was an impulse purchase. I figured I didn't have much to lose.

I am drinking this Puerh now. The first steeping was decent with a fruity somewhat zesty aftertaste. The second steeping is not as good. It is a very dark and strong Puerh. I do not think I will steep it a third time. Had the second steeping been as good as the first I would have made the Ebay seller an offer on one of his bricks. It definitely was not worth what Sun's Organic Tea in Chinatown, NYC charged, but I did not know that at the time.

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby Evan Draper » Aug 28th, '13, 13:10


In one of those pictures, is that evidence of a neifei that has been torn off?

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby AllanK » Aug 28th, '13, 15:00

Evan Draper wrote:

In one of those pictures, is that evidence of a neifei that has been torn off?

What is a neifei?

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Re: suspicious puer

Postby Joel Byron » Aug 28th, '13, 19:36

A neifei is the small paper label that is pressed into the cake/brick/etc.

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