|(photo courtesy of Douglas King)|
Recently I was presented with a great opportunity to do a taste comparison of the 90's Small Yellow Label puerh that Essence of Tea carries. Although I've kept some teas out of the pumidor to do taste comparisons with (those which I have several cakes of) I haven't done this with the older pricier cakes. But at a recent gathering at Floating Leaves Tea it was discovered that another attendee had this same cake, purchased from Essence of Tea at around the same time (about a year ago). He's kept his cakes stored in his house without added humidity, while mine has been kept in 70% RH (75-80 F temperature) for the better part of the last 7 or 8 months (initially the air tights bins, then moved to the pumidor). We arranged to each bring our cakes to a tasting session at Floating Leaves for a comparison.
|(another great picture by Doug King)|
|(Doug, thanks again for letting me use your great photos!)|
Finally, thanks to Shiuwen and Floating Leaves Tea for hosting some truly fun and educational tastings, thanks to a great group of tea lovers who come to be part of the fun and be treated to some very good tea, and thanks especially to Doug, the man behind the camera.