One of the advantages of managing a tea house is that I now have a place where I can meet up with tea friends on a regular basis. Sometimes those meetings are unexpected. Last Saturday I was pleasantly surprised to see +Payton Swick from the excellent blog Someteawith.me. We had several mutual friends in common and it was great to have a chance to talk shop. He was kind enough to share a bit of 1995 shou puerh that he had obtained on a trip to China. When I brewed it the tea was inky dark but surprisingly light and sweet tasting. On a hot summer day, it was exactly what I needed to recharge.
This was a great reminder that I don’t give cooked puerh enough credit. I lean much more towards sheng but shou can be delicious it is own right. This was a great day at the tea house because not only did I get to meet Payton but +Mario Nicholas, +Chante Ramsey and Lisa from Chambre de Sucre stopped by.