I never really quite understood the pu'erh hype, especially shengpu.
Now, don't get me wrong; I had enjoyed my fair share of shu and sheng pu'erh tea, but I had never seen the reason people are so fascinated by it.
Sure there is a sense of secrecy, mystery, and variety behind pu'erh, but in my mind it really did not amount to that much. There are hundreds and thousands of aficionados of pu'erh that employ a vast knowledge of everything under the umbrella of pu'erh. Some connoisseurs seem to have the entire list of factories and recipes memorized and could detect any of their flavor profiles in one sip. It fascinated me how little I really knew (and still don't know).
I was content enjoying my traditional oolongs and greens, as well as the occasional white and black teas. I concentrated my knowledge and flavors around those types, and kept a small bit of pu'erh on hand when I felt like indulging in a different dimension.
I decided to splurge and order a few cakes from Puershop...
That was money well spent.
The appreciation that I now have for pu'erh has risen to a whole new level.
I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with the fine Readers of this humble blog.
Dong Ding Oolong du printemps 1980
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