Really I just don’t know what’s taking so long. Now, I know we’ve had blah blah blah excuses as to why so few puerh cakes are released thus far in 2016. But I’m at the end of my tether. Getting new puerh is so slow I’m watching the summer ticks crawl. By the time I get any fresh tea, the hot weather will be gone and I will no longer require any. Not to mention the fact that my tax refund is spent and gone, and this brings up an important point. Puerh season is timed with tax season for a reason, when people have money to spend and yes that means me and mine which is what puerh season is all about for everyone.
I know, I know. Blah blah about the winter season this year and blah blah the old trees are late, but think about this, people. Aren’t we told that “old” tree tea really isn’t old tree anyway, and that labels are a bunch of lies? Okay, so hurry up with my plantation already. Really, can’t somebody water the bushes? What about those elephants supposedly wandering old trails into tea gardens, haven’t they peed enough to make up for a shortfall? We’ve been watching videos of bamboo tea tossing for months. Even Dayi has cakes out, and the World Tea Expo is over. I’ve stopped “liking” IG photos of fresh puerh tea, I’m worn out on the heart button already.
As for “factory time,” how much money does one of those stone press rocks cost, along with a pair of flip flops, an empty coffee can and travel stove? Old Cwyn can get the job done with tools found at home and Walgreens. As for wrappers, got that covered. My Art Studio app has no fewer than 10 wrapper designs saved all the time, I can crank a dozen in an hour or less. As for folding, I started origami at 6 years old when my mother was only on her first marriage. I folded my way through John Montroll having skipped his easy courses because my aunt sent me books and paper from Japan. I was reverse folding when many tea vendors today had grandparents in high school. I can wrap those beengcha in a jif. As for the bamboo, might as well skip it.
Tea vendors are spending their time drinking is the real reason, along with the conspiracy to withhold tea from the market in an attempt to derail the “early” vendors marketing winter tea for spring and appearing more legit, more “Old Tea,” like Southern Democrats trying to turn out the carpetbaggers and we all know how that turned out. But this is an ill-conceived move. Tea drinkers who haven’t spent their money on huge group buys or the Tea Urchin $700 Club are running a campaign of “no tea buying until Black Friday,” and puerh people are joining in droves. This is a serious trend of anorexia that we are seeing across rich people everywhere in television shows.
Today’s trend is all about self denial in order to appear less guilty of misappropriation when one spends money, in an era when a huge gap exists between rich and poor. The mark of class right now is buy nothing, no clutter, eat nothing, empty white white white no value furniture, minimalist clothing and blank tea wrappers, tiny dogs, all the things antithesis to what tea hoarding is about. These puerh hoarders think they are following a trendy austerity plan to convince significant others and society as a whole they won’t buy anything. No one is fooled at such behavior, although we have no way of knowing the kinds of straitjackets they are in behind closed doors. Still, vendors might want to hurry. Try and remember your customers living in a country that had no qualms whatsoever about dumping tea in the harbor for far less personal reasons than a late puerh season. We can revert back at any time, and coffee shops with designer foams are right here, right now to pick up the slack and they have their Christmas cup designs already on waitlist.
Not that any of this applies to me. I shouldn’t really complain because in the end, especially with the No Tea Buying campaign circulating the forums, this just leaves more for me. I can relax this year and buy up what I want in a leisurely fashion with my weekly benefit checks while the other suckers try and hold out their credit cards until November, even though Black Friday won’t have deals anyway. Do you really want to wait for a free 25g sample along with your order? I can guarantee the shipping won’t be free. In the meantime, the obsession continues for sensible buyers like me, so I’m just buying aged stuff.
Like this one from Yunnan Sourcing for $36/38 (China/US sites) for 357g.
|Yunnan Sourcing's 2006 Chang Tai Hao|
|Nice bug bites.|
|I didn't notice the insert fell out until I took the photo|
So my session started on the fourth pour.
The nose initially is a bit of wood and medicine along with minerals. The medicine/camphor is not that noticeable in the cup, however. Storage here is perfect, at least the kind of storage I love.
|Second steep (fourth pour). Tea takes awhile to open up.|
|Ten steeps for the green to emerge.|
So the upside to a late season is finding an aged tea I might have overlooked had I focused all my attention on new spring teas. And I confess I found other teas and teaware during this time as well, and managed to hide most of it from my son. The one other thing I bought that I couldn’t hide though, is the orphaned shelter kitten.