Pumidors

As I think I’ve mentioned a few times before, I am writing a column for a tea magazine in China, especially on issues of cross-cultural tea habits.  I was thinking about writing on the topic of pumidors (puerh humidors) — a rather unique American thing, I think, especially when you are talking about elaborate setups.  I am interested in what people have done, and would appreciate if anybody can volunteer a picture or two of their creation.  Please leave a comment if you have something to share.  Thanks


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Pumidors — 6 Comments

  1. Dear Marshaln,

    I have been using one for about 8 months now.
    It started out as jut a 2 level cabinet with swinging doors that I stored my Pu’er in.
    Sheng on top, Shu on bottom.
    After about 6 months of that I bought some humidity controllers from a cigar store (just using water to super-saturate a gel) and a hydrometer gauge off ebay.
    I’m using 4 humidity controllers and 3 cups of water both on the top and bottom.
    It holds the humidity at about 65% with some variation.

    Its been to short really to judge the effects, some like the Bamboo wrapped youl Pu’er from NadaCha has become weak (it was only $2, but I liked it the first time. It could just be that my taste in tea has matured in the 4 months of aging), and others, like the the 2007 Boyou “Man Lu Da Shan” have befitted.

    Hope this helps!
    Post or send me your Email for some Pictures: AkedoMakona@Gmail.com is mine.

    All the Best,
    Jason

  2. I simply keep my puerhs in two non-clear lid totes; one for sheng and the other for shu. And then leave two open glass bottle with water filled, and keep a humidometer insder — it reads 75 around… I started doing this for only a year or so, but one thing I observe is that whenever I open the totes, I can smell very nice and that special sweetness of puerh!

  3. Some good pics from that Drax guy — he posted pics of his empty custom pumidor a while back, which you probably saw… here are some of it with tea in it, just in case you missed them.
    http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?t=6033&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=465

    Since I’ve moved, and my only good candidate for tea storage besides my little tea tansu is a cedar lined closet, I’ve been revisiting the idea of a custom cabinet.

    ps – I hope you will publish (and translate back to English) your article for us to see when you’re finished with it!

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