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01 September 2006 @ 02:14 pm
Hello, all!  
Hi there! I'm Tess, and I'm awfully pleased to be here. Just finished reading through all of the community's backposts, and I'm absolutely delighted to find so many great reviews...and the pictures! I am now madly in love with all of you and your puerh/teaware collections. :)

I'm a newcomer to the world of puerh and am really enjoying my learning experience. Found my way to this community through the blogs/journals of some of your members and am excited to be a member myself.

I post primarily at http://teadonism.wordpress.com but hope to participate here, as well.

Quick question--is crossposting reviews okay? They go up on my blog, but would they be appreciated here, as well? No worries--I won't crosspost my other daily blatherings.

Nice to meet all of you!
davelcorp on September 1st, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard. Nice blog, I like the little xishi pot you show -- what type of clay is that?

I personally have no objections to cross posting, but you'll have to wait for Bearsx3 for the official answer on that.
tessgrey on September 1st, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: clay type

Wish I could tell you for certain, but it's only the second pot I've owned and one of less than twenty that I've touched and examined. I'm very much still learning.

I'd love to think that the brilliant red of it could be attributed to zhuni, but I know that's just silly wishfulness--I'm guessing it's some form of zisha.

Am pretty darn certain it's some form of Yixing clay, anyway! It behaves very nicely.
phyll_sheng on September 1st, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Good to see you here, Tess! Bearsbearsbears, the uber moderator of this board, will want a sample of every cross posting review. :)
psychopuncture on September 1st, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
welcome, tess. you're not alone in your tea collection envy. :)
[satyriasis] - Jason: teabearsbearsbears on September 2nd, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
X-posting of reviews or other potentially useful information are A-OK. Glad to have you here!
cloudsteacloudstea on September 2nd, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
I am new to here.
Can I post a new post?
I just found "Leave a comment" command, so I can only post the post by leaving a comment.
Can somebody tell me how to post a new post in the community?

Let me introduce myself in the first place.

I am a private Puerh Tea Collector since 1993.
Most importantly, I am a local Hong Kong citizen.
I am lucky that I was born in Hong Kong and engaged with Puerh Tea when it was not so popular.
That means I was able to collect those aged Puerh Tea which cannot be easily accessed nowadays.
Hong Kong Tea Vendor did stored a lot of Aged Puerh Tea in the past half century.
A lot of great aged Puerh Tea came from Hong Kong tea warehouse.

Going back to Puerh Tea, I truely believe that learning Puerh Tea is not difficult, however, you must accumulate a lot of experience.

In short, how to appreciate Puerh Tea is experience, experience and experience.
Puerh Tea is an Art learnt through experience.

I hope you will enojoy my Blog in the near future.

It is quite boring to just have text descriptions without viewing any picture, right?
Here we go...
The following Aged Raw Puerh Tea Cakes are one of my series of collections.
[I don't know how to post picture directly, so I copy the link.]


In order to reply, I create an account in the livejournal.
here is my Puerh Tea journal:
psychopuncture on September 2nd, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
hello cloudstea.

as you probably know, there are many in the puer world who are not who they say they are...

if you are truly who you say you are, welcome. and, if so, please forgive me for my bluntness, to follow:

your post (and your "handle") sounds quite substantially like posts on this forum by people of less than savory reputation. so, if this is once again j-free/jeffrey or aaron fisher, please be kind enough to identify yourself honestly.

if not, once again, please accept my apologies.
cloudsteacloudstea on September 3rd, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks

Thanks for your reply.

>there are many in the puer world
>who are not who they say they are...

Exactly, you get the point. I think it is normal for you to have such a concern because in the internet world, it is not easy to verify people's identification and the validity of their contents.
That's true. I totally agree with you.

Besides, I like this kind of attitude of yours. Why? Because when you are told by someone, you do not 100% believe, but still open yourself to verify the infomation steps by steps or to wait for more information to confirm the validity of the information. This is a very good attitude to figure out Puerh Tea, in Chinese we have this statment (translation) "Make a imaginative assumption, then prove it carefully."

I am sorry that I do not know what happen previously, therefore, I did not following this statement: "this is once again j-free/jeffrey or aaron fisher."

Anyway, I am new to here. What I said is just what I have said. I think people here would better to believe the evidence I provided in the future rather than just my words. Time will prove.

Back to Puerh Tea, you are right that the information in the Puerh Tea world is not as 100% as you think.
What I mean is that what people told you may not be the correct information about the Puerh Tea, especially when involving aging year. However, this is the problem not only encountered by the Western's Puerh World. Even in our Chinese Tea community, it always happens that even some Vendors (I do not mean those have reputation) did not know exactly the products.

I have taken some photos for you. I chose to take a close up to a box of square tea bricks produced in 1999 and by Xia Guan Tea Factory.

Here we go,
The photos show some of my collection on my bookshelf (Puerh Tea conquers the top two rows).
I collect Puerh Tea just like people collecting wine.
When I took the photos I found one of my good collection, 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks.
I chose this one to show you this time.


psychopuncture on September 3rd, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Re: 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks
cloudstea, thank you for understanding my concern, and for your response.

re: jeffrey and aaron, no need to concern yourself.

phyll_sheng on September 3rd, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Re: 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks
I'm still very very skeptical of your claims, cloudstea. Now, if you could send a sample of that 1999年5月 pu-erh to us, you might just clear the clouds away.

As usual, I make bad jokes.
stevendodd on September 3rd, 2006 08:12 am (UTC)
Re: 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks
Hahaha, I love those pictures. I especially like the wide shot of the bookshelf. I should decorate my apartment with tea.
marshaln on September 3rd, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
Re: 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks
It looks like you shop sometimes at Sunsing, as the tong of stuff in the bottom left (in the white polyester bag wrapper) looks like their packaging. Which cake is it?

Other than Simplified Font, got any other goodies? Yellow label? Blue? Red?? :)
cloudsteacloudstea on September 10th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
Re: 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks
Dear phyll_sheng,

Sorry for my late reply.
I was too busy this week.

I am referring to your post on September 3rd, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
you said,
>I'm still very very skeptical of your claims, cloudstea.

It doesn't matter. As I said, "what I have said is just my words."
Whether the information I provided is reliable will depend on how you judge my words.
I would advise you (actually I always advise that to every tea lover) not to fully believe in me.
Independent mind in tea stuff is very important because TEA, especially
Puerh Tea, is not like red wine having a well developed aging system and markets.

Puerh Tea is new to the Western world. To be honest, in fact, it is also new to 95% of Chinese people.
Even in the place of Puerh Tea storage origin - Hong Kong, aged puerh tea is new to 95% of the Hong Kong population.

You said,
>Now, if you could send a sample of that 1999年5月 pu-erh to us, you might just clear the clouds away.

Why not?
Here is my e-mail address: lord@tsl.net.hk
If you let me have an address, I will mail you the sample from Hong Kong.

Please use this subject anyway: "Tea Sample - 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks".
Otherwise, sometimes, my Norton anti-spams will put irregular mail to the trash directly.

You will get some Hong Kong stamps as well when I mail sample to you.
Whatever you are, I will mail. I undertake this.

How much tea sample do you need? Let me know.
I must stress that, sample only, I am not offering to sell anything, do you know I'm saying?

phyll_sheng on September 10th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re: 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks
Hello Cloudstea,

I just read your message today. Oh no, I was not being serious :) It was a bad joke in response to psychopuncture's previous message. I don't distrust you.

Nice "meeting" you, and I hope to learn from you.

cloudsteacloudstea on September 10th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)
Re: 1999 Xia Guan square tea bricks
Dear marshaln,

Yes, I do sometimes shopped at Sunsing which is a tea shop in Hong Kong. Those tea cakes in the white polyester bag wrapper are 2004 Raw Yiwu Puerh Tea.

Yes, other than Zhongcha Brand Simpllifed Chinese Characters Seven-sons Tea Cake, I have several 1970s Yellow label. However, regarding Red lable and Blue lable, only incomplete cakes are left because the purpose of collecting Puerh Tea is to brew them at their appropriate aging time. I drank them.
phyll_sheng on September 2nd, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
"experience, experience and experience"

I think it's more like "money, money, money."
Look forward to learning from your experiences, cloudstea.
Some money would be appreciated too... :)

marshaln on September 2nd, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Welcome, Tess!

Cross posting is welcomed. I used to do it, until I got lazy.

Since I'm in Beijing, for some reason Worldpress is not accessible (they block certain websites from time to time). Blogspot used to be all blacked out too, but this time it's working. So, since I can't read your blog from here, cross post away so I can actually see them :)
hobbesoxon on September 4th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
Tess, Clouds - welcome, welcome, welcome!

The more, the merrier. :)


kibi_kibi on September 5th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)

Breaking up tuocha can be very difficult, I haven't tried steaming either. After a few near misses (and one non-near-miss) with a very pointy and sharp knife (ouch) and the constant mess of little bits of tea on the floor... I just break off 1cm3 or so chunks and brew them after a wash.
punman on September 5th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Your blog says you're in Wisconsin! There are two other Wisconsin pu-erh fanatics that read this community. (One being me, the other, well I am not sure if he's declared as much in public, yet.)
walt_park on September 5th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Dont listen to dave
He's a stalker. And he drinks shu.

JK. (he does actually drink shu)

Yep, we're from the MKE area.

If you ever meet us, I'm the cute one.
punman on September 5th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Dont listen to dave
There's NOTHING wrong with shu. We're not stalkers. I'm married. Don't listen to Walt. There ... that should clear up all of the sudden misconceptions people now have. :/
tessgrey on September 6th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Dont listen to dave
Mwahaha, you're both delightful, as one would naturally expect Wisconsin Puerh People to be.

Very nice to meet all of you--thanks for the warm welcome!
phyll_sheng on September 26th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Tess, have you tried the Nepalese oolong from The Simple Leaf? I just did. What is your email, if I may ask?
tessgrey on September 26th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Actually, Phyll, now that you ask that, I think I'm going to go and try it just as soon as my morning meeting is done. I have it at work and haven't tried it yet due to my sinuses mucking up my sense of taste, but today seems like as good a day as any.

My email is tess.grey @ gmail dot com, and I'd love to know what you thought of it. Will definitely let you know my thoughts, as well.

Thanks for reminding me!