odarwin wrote:hi guys!
i've recently bought a stack of different meng hai ripe pu erh from one of the ebay stores and it arrived a few weeks ago. upon opening the package, i noticed that the cakes had a nice smell or fragrance with it, but as time went by, specially for the past few days, its been raining here in my area and humidity levels reached 80-85% max, and ive noticed a gradual loss of the pleasant fragrance it once had when the cakes arrived. is it due to high humidity levels? i do store them in cardboard boxes and am a bit worried if my area has overly high humidity levels for storing pu erh tea...
another question is how would this affect the taste of the ripe pu erh tea? will the taste be very noticeable?
lastly, on a recent trip to malaysia just a few months ago, i bought a stack of tribute cakes, they are this years ripe pu erh tea from yong de factory, i really cant remember the smell and characteristics of the cake on the day i bought it, but ive noticed since reading through forums that it must be a cake that has left the factory "in a hurry" and probably was still very wet and did not have sufficient time to dry. i would really like to get it to dry and humidity levels here are a bit high on the 75% level on a normal basis.
im planning on sun drying it in a cardboard box for a few days and hope that it will get rid of the excess moisture in the cake, would any of you advice this?
odarwin wrote:thanks for your reply hop!
would you think the storage situation my tea cakes are in would have an effect on taste? ie: giving it a "damp" taste or something?
i do have one sheng brick from ten ren bought 3 years ago, and its wraped in bamboo leaves, i opened it last night and it had the same smell as the cakes i got from malaysia a few weeks ago, can this tell anything as to what the smell really is?
thanks for all your inputs