2012 Yunnan Sourcing Wuliang — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #19

A great tea for its value. A nice, well-priced young pu’erh. Plenty strong and good for drinking now.

Acquired from Yunnan Sourcing.

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JK Tea Shop’s Jinjunmei Lapsang Souchong via Hster [Episode 95]

This is a fantastic tea sent to us by fellow tea blogger, Hster of Tea Closet. Read her Lapsang breakdown. This is a non-smoky Lapsang with a really wonderful, complex taste.

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2009 Fine Pu’er Wild Arbor Yongde DaXueShan — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #18

Originally a tea recommended by Shah and a sample sent from Dignitea (thanks to both) for the January Lincang tea of the month. This is a very good value for an old arbor Lincang tea.

Acquired from Fine Pu’er.

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Nanjian’s 2011 Organic Mushroom Ripe Pu’erh via Yunnan Sourcing [Episode 94]

This is a great clean, daily drinking ripe pu’erh for those on a budget. Ceritified organic, with just a little bit of the pile taste, it’s sold for an exceedingly reasonable price by Yunnan Sourcing. Recommended by Denny as a great intro ripe pu’erh.

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Pu’erh Buying Thoughts: Diversification & Buying Tea for the Long Haul

Pu’erh is one of the trickiest teas to buy and a very different landscape than other teas. One reason is the instability of the market, partially because pu’erh is treated as a commodity for investment and is mainly due to the the thought that pu’erh will improve over time. Another is the psychology behind the consumption of pu’erh. Pu’erh drinkers think about their tea in a much different way than drinkers of other teas. lacking the immediacy that naturally accompanies other teas (especially greener teas). In 2007, the pu’erh market busted largely because of over speculation of tea that really wasn’t very good to begin with. People were aggressively buying at a rate that outpaced consumption and the market eventually corrected itself. This article will discuss a few thoughts on pu’erh buying and an alternate buying strategy. Continue reading

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2014 Man Tang Hong from Yunnan Sourcing – InBetweenIsode #17 w/ Denny

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2006 Dehong High Plateau from TuoChaTea via Hster — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #17

A sample kindly sent my way via Hster of Tea Closet (seen below). The tea is the 2006 Dehong High Plateau which comes in the form of 1kg bricks. This is a nickel tea that is interesting and very functional considering its exceedingly low cost. Tea purchased from Tuo Cha Tea.

Note: After corresponding with Cwyn and Hster it turns out this tea is half shu/half sheng. Something that I did not catch nor realize while filming this episode :).



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Great Horse Tea’s Dancong Chaozhou Oolong [Episode 93]

Special guest Jake Knapp returns for episode 93 to review a Dancong. Like the Bai Ji Guan, this is a good quality oolong and fits an extremely fruity, naturally sweet profile.

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Lincang Raw Pu’erh [January 2015 Tea Drinking Report]

Big shoutouts to Dignitea, Brian, Jake, Carolyn and Cwyn 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 January 2015, the tea of the month was Lincang Pu’erh. During this month, I had Mature 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.

Producers sampled from:

  • S. Mengku
  • Yunnan Sourcing
  • Fengqing Sanning
  • Mandala Tea

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Yunnan Sourcing 2013 Mini Tuo – InBetweenIsode #16 w/ Denny

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