Aged Huali Box Tea [Episode 99]

Big thanks to Carolyn who sent this tea in. A mystery tea that came from a box!!

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May/June/July Tea of the Month 2015

Here’s the announcement of the next batch of tea of the months. Feel free to drink alongside, give suggestions, etc. Due to being egregiously and hilariously over my tea budget, I’m not sure how much I will be able to accommodate specific requests!

  • Greater Yiwu, Mengla County + Youle (May 2015)
  • Menghai County (June 2015)
  • Aged Oolongs (July 2015)

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Organic GABA Oolong – InBetweenIsode #21 w/ Denny

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Red Box Sea Dyke Dahongpao — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #22

In inbetweenisode #22, James begins a series on Wuyi Oolongs (Yancha). Sea Dyke is an old-school brand of Wuyi Oolongs that mainly exports out of China to southeast Asia. This episode also coincides with the March tea of the month.

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Essence of Tea’s 2014 Mengsong Red [Episode 98]

A red (black) tea made out of pu’erh materials and pressed into a cake, Essence of Tea’s 2014 Mengsong Red. Compared to your average dianhong this is a high-end, aromatic affair.

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Cutting Out the Middleman (And is it Worth It?)

As westerners we are in a land far from the production of our beloved Yunnanese pu’erh and from the huge tea markets of China. This seemingly locks us into a constant struggle to eliminate as many middlemen and meddling hands as possible between us and our teas. The western market for pu’erh is far smaller and physically further from the source, giving east Asian vendors little incentive to accommodate us. It’s no surprise that there is a western premium that most of us pay to get our teas. However, unlike oolong or green teas, pu’erh is also sold with very commonly label. For mass-marketed teas like Dayi or Xiaguan it is very easy to find the Chinese prices for the tea using Donghe or Taobao. It is also possible for the willing and resourceful to buy directly from the Chinese market (via Taobao). This article examines this and several of the different tea types and approximates the markups. Continue reading

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Anxi Fragrance Tikuanyin from GrandTea – InBetweenIsode #20 w/ Denny

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Peripheral Teaware — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #21

Musings on some teaware that James uses that you may or may not find useful!

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Teavivre’s 2005 Fengqing Zhuan [Episode 97]

The second in a two part series of randomly selected raw pu’erhs from James’ daily drinking tins, the 2005 Fengqing Zhuan.

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Wuliang/Ailao Raw Pu’erh [February 2015 Tea Drinking Report]

Big shoutouts to Caroline & Brian (a different Brian from last month) for providing several of the teas for this month and allowing the content to be what it is! I hope you like long-form content, because this tea of the month report is truly massive.

In the month of February 2015, the tea of the month was Wuliang/Ailao Pu’erh. During this month, I had Wuliang/Ailao Pu’erh at least once a day (unless totally unfeasible). I’ll still consume other teas, but the primary focus is understanding and building a palate for a specific type/genre/region of tea through repetition. This is the most personal blogging type style of post for TeaDB, and the goal is to stretch my palate as well as give recommendations to interested parties. Continue reading

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