I just received 5 samples in the mail from Hou De
I have frequented his blog numerous times, and have been drinking tea for a long time, but I am fairly new to pu'erh. I have had some pu'erhs before, a cooked mini tou cha, some blends with other loose cooked puerh, but nothing that I have really loved, or anything that I perceived as high quality.
So I sent an email to Guang, and asked for his advice, and he recommended these teas.
1999 Da Du Gang "Yunnan Yuan Bao" Chi Tse Beeng
2007 Spring "Yi Wu Cha Wang" of Chen Chen Guang He Tang (new green cake)
2004 Chang Tai "Yi Wu Zheng Pin" (young uncooked cake)
2006 Spring Nan Nuo "Ban Po Lau Zhai" Sun-dried Mao Cha
90s Meng Hai (aged cooked loose)
My current problem, is I have small samples so I want to make sure I brew these as they should be brewed.
I have set aside a 150mL yixing teapot for puerh. Will this be sufficient?
How much tea should be used, I currently dont have a gram scale, just measuring spoons/cups. Should I wait and get a scale before using up my tea?
How should I brew the tea? Is a rinse necessary, I see it mentioned alot? How long for initial infusion, subsequent infusions?
Sorry for all the questions, but being new to pu'erh, and it being a somewhat touchy tea (or so I have read) I just want to make sure I start off on the right foot!