Raw Pu’erh Learning & Basics [Episode 168]

This episode covers the basics of raw pu’erh and how to brew it and get started on this very diverse category of tea. Teas included are the 2013 Xizihao Xuanxi, 2004 Jianshen Tuo, and 199 Yangqinghao Micang.

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Pu’erh Nerdy Q&A — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #97

Answering a few more of the pu’erh questions we didn’t get to in our Q&A episode.

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2016 White2Tea Sheng & Red Mengsongs — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #96

This episode, James and Meet review a pair of teas processed as a red tea and sheng from the same material. Teas from the White2Tea club.

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2006 Yangqing Hao Shenpin Chawang [Episode 167]

This episode is the 2006 Yangqing Hao Shenpin Chawang, one of their fancy productions from 2006. Very fun tea to drink! Thanks to Peter for the sample.

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How Much is Your Vendor Marking Up Your Pu’erh?

No one wants to pay for unnecessary things, but even so very few of us know the actual cost of goods, or actual item cost that the vendor bought the tea for. We’re often left clueless about what their markup might be. There are inevitable costs of running a business that we as consumers don’t really think about. Certainly not often. Storefronts, sourcing, marketing, sample costs, a living wage. The money you pay for the tea will go towards not just your tea but as presumably some amount of profit for the vendor.. Are you paying for fancy boxes, marketing material, padding the vendors pockets or is your $$ going to the actual tea. Pu’erh has the advantage of being sold as a labeled cake, which makes it easier to cross-check prices against the Chinese market and help to determine if we are paying a fair and reasonable price. Continue reading

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2006 WIstaria Longpa (Youle) [Teas I Own] — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #95

A Longpa tea sold at Wistaria. This semi-aged pu’erh is a bit younger and cheaper than their 2003 productions.

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2016 White2Tea Fade — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #94

Getting caught up with the tea club with #moremeet. This episode is a tea fairly foreign to the wuyi-chugging Meet, some young huangpian.

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2015 Jingjiatang Fengming [Episode 166]

A relatively fresh raw pu’erh made by Jingjiatang. One of their yearly productions.

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2007 Yangqinghao Lingya — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #93

Another Yangqing Hao production. This is a solid pick falling in the mid price-range for YQH, the 2007 YQH Lingya.

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1990s Jingua — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #92

James is joined by Garrett with a 1990s Jingua (melon) purchased in Taiwan and originally stored in Hong Kong.

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