I know, I know! I feel the same way. They are just so beautiful to look at, to caress, to be intimate with ... who cares what they taste like!!augie wrote:I'm so excited, I don't really know what this is and I don't care! It's so cool, my first Pu Ehr tea cake.
Don't be sorry for the long post! This is the type of tea pOrn some of us live for!augie wrote:1. Should I have a Yixing? Will that Yixing have to be dedicated to only raw pu ehr?
2. Do I steam the whole cake? After I steam it, if that's necessary, I just dry all day and store loose? What is the sense of buying a cake just to steam it loose? I have some loose pu ehr that I am perfectly satisfied with.
3. If I should steam it loose, what should I do with it? Airtight vessel? Breathable?
Sorry for the 5 mile long post.
Salsero wrote:Don't be sorry for the long post! This is the type of tea pOrn some of us live for!
Salsero wrote:No need to buy a yixing pot, it's perfectly acceptable and tea-snobbish to brew pu in a gaiwan.
Salsero wrote:If you do get a yixing you will probably want to brew mostly sheng in it.
Salsar wrote:DON'T STEAM YOUR FIRST CAKE. I think most pu lovers have never steamed a cake or part of a cake. There is a big risk of ruining it.
Salsero wrote:A sort of standard (if there is such a thing) starting point for brewing a new puerh is to use 1 gr of pu to 30 ml of water, that's probably about a heaping tablespoon in a 100 ml gaiwan or less than 1/4 of the gaiwan.
Salsero wrote:Thanks for sharing the experience with us. Keep us posted!
Don't let the dog get any. He might develop an expensive habit.augie wrote: I am going to store the cake in my pantry away from the onions and dog food!
Salsero wrote: You may want to think about getting a little smaller gaiwan and cup so you can gong fu before you start getting involved in yixing. But everyone's path is a little different.
These are usually around 8oz - I have one of the same with a couple of Chinese characters instead of a pattern. You might see about the smaller ones (around 4oz) if they have them, augie. You can really get a whole lot more from your puerh by brewing less at a time and more frequently. Here's the ones I have to show the comparison:Salsero wrote:augie wrote:
Wise choice to pass on the gallon yixing! The one you got kind of reminds me of a pelican. Cool looking pot. What's the capacity?