Comparing 2013 v 2009 v 2005 Ripes — InBetweenIsode #28 w/ Denny

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2012 Yiwu Purple (YS) & 2012 Cangyan Gufeng (W2T) — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #31

Comparison of two cheaper teas supposedly from Yiwu. The Cangyan Gufeng is mistakenly referred to as being from 2013.

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2004 Nanjian Phoenix Aroma via Yunnan Sourcing [Episode 107]

A nice, semi-aged raw pu’erh from Yunnan Sourcing. There is a clean humidity in the tea.

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2014 Planet Jingmai by Crimson Lotus Tea – InBetweenIsode #27 w/ Denny

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Sample Tea’s 2013 Pudi “Yiwu” — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #30

A nice, well-above average quality tea from Sample Tea.

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Tan Long Tea’s Wild Mountain Black [Episode 106]

Another blind tasting. This one is a “wild” Yunnan Black provided by Vicky of Tan Long Tea.

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What is Pu’erh?

This article heavily references Zhang Jinghong’s book, Ancient Caravans & Urban Chic. Do yourself a favor and read her book!

At the height of the pu’erh craze in 2007, the Simao prefecture changed its name back to Puer. At the same time, a ceremony was arranged to welcome back the Golden Melon Tribute Tea back to its supposed birthplace in Simao. This event was not without controversy and was not well-received in the neighboring Xishuangbanna. The Golden Melon’s base material was from Yibang (located in Mengla County, Xishuangbanna) and Xishuangbanna-based people felt that their association with pu’erhs history had been compromised and hijacked. Many also complained the name change would lead to confusion, because pu’erh was primarily known and marketed as a tea. Continue reading

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7 Years Aged Ripe – InBetweenIsode #26 w/ Denny

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Floating Leaves Tea Oriental Beauty — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #29

An Oriental Beauty from Floating Leaves Tea in Seattle. A nice casual tea.

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Tea Urchin’s Lao Jizi Baozhong [Episode 105]

A blind tasting of a sample kindly provided by Richard. An interesting contrast vs. the Floating Leaves Tea reviewed in episode 103.

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