HifideliTea wrote:After 4 years in China, I am back in Singapore for good. My shopping for pu erh will now be selective and limited, most probably in KL and Beijing.
The hoard of teas and accessories arrived safely last week and will be stored in the attic, which is about 10 feet above the 2nd level of the house.
Here are some pictures of the storage area. I've yet to design the access to the attic (an industrial ladder is now used) and the shelving for the teas. I do not know if a cupboard or open shelves should be used, and if the tea can be affected by too much natural light in open shelving - I am grateful for any advise on this.
I am also concerned about the higher temperature 25-30 C and humidity 65-70% up in the attic compared to cooler conditions at ground level. I may need to instal a wall dehumidifier or air con the area.
More pictures to follow.
Thank you for any advise on the open shelving vs cupboards and temperature/humidity conditions.
HifideliTea wrote:Hi fellow teachatters,
For the last 2 years, I have moved the teas around the house to ensure that there is no one single location that any one tea will absorb the air in that same environment. The collection has also increased to the extent that I have also built additional shelvings. Moving it from attic to downstairs is a chore, but as I enjoyed it, the benefits are worth the effort.
It is coincidental that this subject has resurfaced. Just about 3 weeks ago, I brewed a tea from a bing that I had tasted almost 2 years ago and found it rather rough and lacking. When I brewed it this time, the change was very obvious, it was smooth, less astringent and the flavour was very subtle. My wife even agreed that there was a change in the drink from 2 years ago.
I can only conclude that storage over time does change the tea's characteristics. Whether storage at the attic, or in the hallways or shelves at various parts of the house would have any differences; that, I am not able to determine. I can also safely say that there has not been any bad tea, it's only better.
As to the music, my transports' broke and is beyond repair, so I'm using the Oppo bluray player to spin the disc. I'm shopping for a new transport/dac that will set me back some big $.