Are you new to the world of Puerh - Start here

One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

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Are you new to the world of Puerh - Start here

by puerhking » Nov 14th 08 8:40 pm

Do you have any of the following questions:

What it Puerh?

What is Sheng (green,uncooked) and Shu (black,cooked) Puerh?

What are some of the top Puerh factories?

What are some of the most notable tea mountains?

What do the 4 digit numbers on some wrappers stand for...like 7542 0611 etc.

You can find the answers to all of this and more on the wikipedia page on Puerh.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerh


Documentary on the history of Puerh

http://v.cctv.com/html/documentary/2008 ... 31_2.shtml

Here are links to other resources for Puerh info including some blogs where you can find reviews:

http://www.the-leaf.org/ The Leaf
http://www.pu-erh.net/ Puerh A Westerner's Quest
http://ancientteahorseroad.blogspot.com/ Ancient Tea Horse Road Blog
http://puerh.blogspot.com/ Bear's Blog
http://www.xanga.com/MarshalN MarshalN's Blog
http://afelicificlife.blogspot.com/ Nada's Blog
http://www.houdeblog.com/ Hou De Blog
http://chadao.blogspot.com/ Cha Dao Blog
http://community.livejournal.com/puerh_tea/ LJ Puerh Tea Community
http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/ Hobbes Blog

Here is a list of vendors to obtain Puerh, gaiwans, yixing teapots and other teaware:

Ebay vendors - ship from China 3-5 week for delivery

Yunnan Sourcing

Dragon Tea House

Awazon Tea

Vendors located in the US:

Hou De

Puerh Shop

Vendors located in China:

Royal Puer

Tuocha Tea
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by puerhking » Nov 14th 08 8:42 pm

If you are new to Puerh I would obtain a gaiwan (150ml) and some cheap tuo's. You may be able to find both at a local Oriental market. Take some time and learn how to brew before you buy expensive Puerh as you may just waste it.

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by wyardley » Nov 14th 08 9:23 pm

Should definitely add a pointer to http://livejournal.com/users/puerh_tea as the first resource under the list of links.

I think it might be wise to remove the vendor links so as not to favor particular vendors. Or at least steal the list that Jason has on the sidebar of the LJ community, which is more comprehensive, and gives an idea of relative pricing.

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by shogun89 » Nov 14th 08 9:46 pm

good job puerh king! Mods, could you please sticky this.

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by betta » Nov 14th 08 10:16 pm

Hi Puerhking, thank you so much for the post :D

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by Drax » Nov 15th 08 2:05 am

Awesome!

Now it would also be great if experienced pu-erh drinkers would collect recommendations on entry-, mid-, and high-level teas to try? (:

I hadn't known about the "recipe" system, so that was very interesting! One question, I saw a thread around here somewhere where somebody called a "75XX" as being from 2000. (I don't remember specifically what the Xs were). Doesn't that go against the recipe system? Wouldn't it have been 1975? Or in this case did it mean using the recipe method from 1975? Eh? Maybe this wasn't the right place to clarify this question... I don't want to clutter up this thread w/ tangents...

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by PolyhymnianMuse » Nov 15th 08 2:11 am

Drax wrote:Awesome!

Now it would also be great if experienced pu-erh drinkers would collect recommendations on entry-, mid-, and high-level teas to try? (:

I hadn't known about the "recipe" system, so that was very interesting! One question, I saw a thread around here somewhere where somebody called a "75XX" as being from 2000. (I don't remember specifically what the Xs were). Doesn't that go against the recipe system? Wouldn't it have been 1975? Or in this case did it mean using the recipe method from 1975? Eh? Maybe this wasn't the right place to clarify this question... I don't want to clutter up this thread w/ tangents...
Usually recipes like that are numbered as a distinct "recipe" of puerh that were created or first made in a particular year using particular grade material. At least thats how I understand it.

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by sphughes » Nov 15th 08 3:13 pm

Yet another nice resource.

+1 on the http://livejournal.com/users/puerh_tea

This is a great source of info.

-Scott

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by tony shlongini » Nov 15th 08 3:59 pm

sphughes wrote:Yet another nice resource.

+1 on the http://livejournal.com/users/puerh_tea

This is a great source of info.

-Scott
Shouldn't you be out roasting coffee? :lol:

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by Smells_Familiar » Nov 16th 08 4:24 am

Very helpful thread puerhking!
wyardley wrote:Should definitely add a pointer to http://livejournal.com/users/puerh_tea as the first resource under the list of links.

I think it might be wise to remove the vendor links so as not to favor particular vendors. Or at least steal the list that Jason has on the sidebar of the LJ community, which is more comprehensive, and gives an idea of relative pricing.
i think he's done a fine job (as a touchstone). people should definately add as the thread continues.

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by puerhking » Nov 16th 08 5:20 pm

Thanks guys! I added LJ Puerh to the list.

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by Cinnabar Red » Nov 17th 08 4:42 pm

Thank you all for thinking of us (the totally inexperienced, but want to learn.)

Pu-erh is the one tea that I find intimidating. Not so much the taste, as I've tried a couple of lighter ones which were easy on the newbie. I just wouldn't know what I was buying, or why. The links provided will make good reading.

Salsero lives locally, so I should probably bribe him to help me. Is there any particular Pu that might tempt him?

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by Salsero » Nov 17th 08 6:05 pm

Cinnabar Red wrote: Is there any particular Pu that might tempt him?
This seems like the next step in constructing our "Intro to Pu" thread": A list of maybe 5-10 sheng pu samples and 5-10 shu pu samples for the beginner to order. Or something like that to get them off and tasting.

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by Wassupfrombustamove » Dec 12th 08 2:10 am

most helpful p-king

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by Sam. » Dec 12th 08 11:47 pm

This is great! I wanted to try to get into pu-erh this Christmas. I'll buy some cheap tuo's. I watched that CCTV show last night, it was very interesting.