Catsgurleygirl wrote:Hmmm, so I am a big pu-erh loser huh! Lol,
No, no, no!!! It just takes time to find a good vendor. And ordering from upton gives you some basis for comparison!
Some of the big Pu Heads on this thread have been drinking a long time and have a lot of discretionary income! You should see the stash Hop has in his closet! It makes my heart race.
CGG wrote:Upton's Pu? What do you like and where do you get it? See I thought I had found a happy medium between Todd and Holland and boutique tea--I want the scoop!
I second puehrshop. They have a good pu selection, never got hosed buying from him. So does Yunan Sourcing, which is an e-bay vendor that I have not yet tried myself, but heard much positive mention of. My first Pu (cooked) was from Red Blossom Tea, which I still have.
CGG wrote: Upton's CT was 16.40 for 125g.
It's all over the place! You can pay a lot for crap. You can buy a cheap cake, thinking it's junk and it's awesome. Also, everyone's perception of taste varies. That probably didn't help, did it?
As for the "buzz" you're searching for. It's not like a caffeine buzz, euphoria from a fine liquor, or the first few drags off a good cigarette. For me, it's more like crystal mental clarity with the compulsion to drink more. And no crash 30 minutes to an hour later. I feel joyous, even if I'm having a sh%t day at work (which is now most every day).
I drink mostly shu and "J" and I will brew several infusions off a chunk of cake all night. I usually brew first infusion at just off-boil for 40 sec - 1 minute. I dump the first infusion and drink the second.
Hang in there!