Warning: the following includes a lot of whining.
The problem with Pu-erh is that it never goes bad–only gets better with age. Storing/deciding which Pu-erh to keep has become quite challenging at this point. Worse yet, only about 5% of the Pu-erh I’ve ever tried I actually disliked. ^^
Anyone want some utterly fabulous showstopping Pu-erh? Some of these need a good home before i drown in tea. Yeah, didn’t think so. Most people can’t stand Pu-erh, so it costs a fortune in the West. One thing i really ought to try: keep my left over tea in a kiddie pool and go swimming in tea Scrooge McDuck-style. Free tan! xD
Stored under optimum conditions (light tight, sealed with no room for air) normal tea will last ~18 months on the outside. Pu-erh? Decades. If it’s organic, I end up using it for fertilizer, but if it isn’t… I can’t pay people to take this stuff. ^^;; Some samples cost upwards of $10 or 15 and i still have to toss 2/3rd of the contents after my review. -_-;; When I lived at home, I used to put most of this in my mom’s compost. Now she can’t be bothered to take it from me…
Curse you, Pu-erh!
Given all of this, can i realistically justify buying anymore Pu-erh for review? Sadly the answer is yes? >.> I still have 19,000 teas to learn. ;)