heavydoom wrote:the alternative is to buy aged green tea for consumption. screw aging it yourself. that would be my suggestion.
i mean, come on, how much tea can you drink in a week? i think at the rate i am going, my pu cakes will last a long time. if you use a wee amount with long infusion times, you can maybe have like 6 sessions of tea with the yi xing pot. man, that cake may last three months. by that time, you can buy another aged cake. if you put aside a dollar each day, you can have 30 bucks a month, 90 in three months, enough for those fancy smancy pu cakes over there at HOU DE.....
With all due respect, I disagree.
I'm not interested in aging it myself so as to be able to one day enjoy aged puerh. As you point out, I can do that now by simply buying it. Rather, I'm interested in aging it myself so as to have a large selection for my personal use in the future without being at the mercy of whatever market exists at that time.
Want to drink a 25 year or older Bordeaux? You'd better be prepared to pay through the nose, and accept whatever is available. I, on the other hand, have an extensive selection of the top 82's and 90's because long ago I took the necessary measures to ensure that I would have them. I'd like to do the same for puerh.
Now puerh will either improve with age or it will not. If it does, as evidenced by the huge following it's garnered and the hefty price it commands, then I should be every bit as capable of properly storing it as some toothless farmer in a thatch hut. I've managed to successfully age some very delicate items, from cigars to Burgundy, and one thing I know for sure is that the time will fly by.
Who here doesn't wish they purchased 100 select beengs back in the 80's?