|Jar on the left is the culprit.|
This tea is a 2004 Jian Shen 100g tuo from white2tea, a very inexpensive tuo at $9.90 fortunately. These tuos, when purchased new, exhibit dry storage and are fairly green. Originally I bought a pack of 5, so 500g (half a kilo!) of tea total for around $50.
Two months ago I decided to break up one of the green tuos and put the loose tea into the jar shown above. We are still in winter and at the time my household RH was around 24%. I added no additional moisture to the tea. Now, two months later I have compost.
Rather shocking considering how DRY the house is. But the good news is that the original crock where I'm storing these tuos is working far better than I thought!
|Frankoma Crock where the rest of the tuos are.|
Obviously too I had overstuffed the small storage jar with the Jian Shen tea. But with no additional moisture added, and an RH around 24% in the house, the ONLY way the Jian Shen tea obtained enough moisture in it to rot like this is because of the PREVIOUS moisture the tuo back from 6 months or more in the Frankoma crock. Here is another Jian Shen tuo from the Frankoma, as of today.
|A current Jian Shen tuo, unwrapped for the photo from the Frankoma crock.|
1. Don't overstuff the crocks.
2. I can leave the wrappers on.
3. I may not need to add additional moisture to wrapped and crocked tea even when the house is exceptionally dry.
4. Frankoma red clay pottery is still my #1.