For those who love Pu’er tea, preservation is particularly important. The key to preservation is the surrounding environment, such as the climate environment, and the small environment, that is, the selection of tea storage utensils.
We can’t change the big environment too much. What we can do is to add a dehumidifier in the room where the tea is stored and properly control the temperature, which is relatively easy to do. However, it takes a lot of thought to find a suitable tea storage apparatus.
I once saw a scene in a friend’s house: the tea set for making tea is a very good masterpiece of famous masters, and the tea plate is also a rare mahogany tea table worth hundreds of thousands of yuan However, when he gave his precious old Pu’er to taste, and looked forward to the author’s “due” reaction, the author’s mind was full of question marks: it seems that it is a very good old Pu’er, why does it taste but not have the charm it should have? Even, the feeling is a little dull!
Finally, the answer is found in the owner’s exquisite tea pot: there are tin cans of handicrafts collected from the sea, exquisite stainless steel cans, and exquisite porcelain pots with tight sealing These tea storage devices have one common feature: airtight. Tin cans and stainless steel cans are needless to say. Porcelain pots crystallize because of the need for high-temperature porcelain during the firing process, and the tank body is also quite dense.
Pu’er tea is a kind of living tea that needs to be transformed slowly over the years. As for raw tea, mature tea also needs to continue to transform, and one of the necessary conditions for transformation is air. In other words, Pu’er tea needs “breathing” in the process of transformation. If the tea storage device does not have proper air permeability, “breathing” can not be carried out. In a word, if Pu’er tea is “out of breath”, it will be “suffocated to death”.
At the same time, Pu’er tea, like other teas, should not be contaminated with peculiar smell or damp. This puts forward a clear requirement for tea storage apparatus: it should be able to breathe moderately, but should not let the peculiar smell enter, at the same time, it should be isolated from moisture. Such a requirement seems a little high, but Jianshui pottery produced in Yunnan, like Pu’er tea, is like a natural storage partner of Pu’er tea, which just meets the storage needs of Pu’er tea.
Jianshui pottery, because it is made of clay, does not crystallize porcelain, so it retains moderate air permeability and can isolate moist air and odor at the same time. Many years ago, the author investigated the whole process of mud mining, casting, filling, firing and grinding. It is true that the process is made of natural clay without adding any harmful chemical raw materials. In fact, it has formed excellent protection for Pu’er tea.
After the author told this friend about the tea storage device, with the idea of trying, he began to replace the original tea storage apparatus with Jianshui pottery. Just over a month later, he was surprised to tell the author that his tea had changed in Jianshui pottery tea storage utensils. Some Pu’er tea that had been “dead” began to change for the better, and the taste of drinking it was radiant again! And with the increase of time, those teas began to transform to good in varying degrees.
In fact, after many years of use and comparative experiments, the author found that there are still many tips to use Jianshui pottery to store tea and wake up tea. Even the tea storage utensils made of Jianshui pottery mud with different proportions and even different shapes of tea storage utensils will have different beneficial effects on the characteristics transformation of stored Pu’er tea. The longer we use it, the more we find it worth studying.