This is the sum of the teas I have here in Hong Kong, minus a few things already in the cupboard that I didn’t bother taking out for this picture. Almost everything here was purchased a few years ago while I was working in China and then Taiwan. Many of those things were bought when I was still very much in the experimentation phase, and during much of the time coincided with a lot of what was going on with the puerh bubble of 06/07. Many of these teas were chronicled on this very blog back then, with a blow by blow account of how I bought them and what I thought at the time. I think it will be an interesting thing to do to go back to every single one of these teas and see where they are now, five years later after some regular, Hong Kong dry storage at home.
I’m pretty sure that when I drink some of these now I’ll think they are terrible. In fact, some of them I knew were terrible even back then. I guess this can at least put the theory of “bad teas will age into something better” to a test for a 4-5 year time frame. Let’s see where this goes.