Proper Container For Raw Puerh?

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


User avatar
Nov 22nd, '06, 23:46
Posts: 135
Joined: Jun 4th, '06, 22:29
Location: Southern California

Proper Container For Raw Puerh?

by heatwaves » Nov 22nd, '06, 23:46

I just received a 2006 raw puerh cake and although I know to generally keep it away from light, air circulation, heat, etc., I was wondering what is the best container to store it in. Sealed Tupperware? Glass Corningware? A flannel pillowcase? An old sock?

User avatar
Nov 23rd, '06, 21:30
Posts: 21651
Joined: Apr 22nd, '06, 20:52
Scrolling: scrolling
Location: Back in the TeaCave atop Mt. Fuji

Re: Proper Container For Raw Puerh?

by Chip » Nov 23rd, '06, 21:30

heatwaves wrote:I just received a 2006 raw puerh cake and although I know to generally keep it away from light, air circulation, heat, etc., I was wondering what is the best container to store it in. Sealed Tupperware? Glass Corningware? A flannel pillowcase? An old sock?
Well, the old sock as long as it is smelly could improve the aroma of the pu-erh... :lol:

I think most raw green pu-erh actually likes air circulation, which is a switch for tea. But it will age and improve when exposed to air as long as it it not damp or exposed to other aromas. So the kitchen is out. I just have mine sitting on a shelf in its tissue like paper.

User avatar
Nov 28th, '06, 07:27
Posts: 455
Joined: Jun 15th, '06, 13:04
Location: Lawrenceville, GA

by bearsbearsbears » Nov 28th, '06, 07:27

[echo chip]

look up pu-erh tea on wikipedia for some more info about storage and aging, or visit pu-erh.net and click around.

User avatar
Dec 7th, '06, 21:43
Posts: 83
Joined: Feb 24th, '06, 17:55
Location: Los Angeles

by Phyll » Dec 7th, '06, 21:43

Just don't store the pu'er in a constantly breezy area, such as directly opposite an exhaust fan or air vent, but do place them in the open absent of any other odors. Closed door places should NOT be hermitic. In China, stores store their puerh in large bamboo containers with holes, but use a layer of thick paper to stave off breeze and wind from hitting the puerh cakes directly.

User avatar
Dec 8th, '06, 04:02
Posts: 135
Joined: Jun 4th, '06, 22:29
Location: Southern California

by heatwaves » Dec 8th, '06, 04:02

All great information. Thanks a bunch!

User avatar
Dec 8th, '06, 10:57
Posts: 2086
Joined: Mar 15th, '06, 17:43
Contact: MarshalN

by MarshalN » Dec 8th, '06, 10:57

The easiest is actually stick your cake/cakes in an unsealed cardboard box, and in a place that is away from sunlight (a must) and funny household odors (including any cleaners, incense, etc). So don't put them in your pantry.

User avatar
Dec 9th, '06, 03:46
Posts: 20
Joined: Dec 9th, '06, 03:17

by sjschen » Dec 9th, '06, 03:46

Don't forget that a moderate level of humidy in the storage container will ensure that your cake ages nicely.

User avatar
Dec 14th, '06, 05:48
Posts: 2086
Joined: Mar 15th, '06, 17:43
Contact: MarshalN

by MarshalN » Dec 14th, '06, 05:48

But don't try too hard, or you might tip it over to mouldy tea.... and you won't find out until it's too late

User avatar
Dec 14th, '06, 09:11
Posts: 20
Joined: Dec 9th, '06, 03:17

by sjschen » Dec 14th, '06, 09:11

But by then, it can be considered "aged pu-erh", so you can wrap it up nicely in some satin red cloth and gold ribbon, pit it in a nice box with some big calligraphy and give it away as a "cherished gift" ;)

+ Post Reply