Pu’erh Storage Comparison CNNP 2000 7561 Yunnan Sourcing, CNNP 2000 7532 White2Tea Raw Pu’erh [Episode 67]

This is another TeaDB special episode where Denny & James compare and contrast two 14-year old pu’erhs that have undergone different storage techniques. The point here isn’t necessarily the base material of the teas themselves, simply the importance of storage and how it can affect the tea. Tea’s brewed are Yunnan Sourcing‘s Kunming-stored (dry) 2000 CNNP Yi Liang 7561 and White2Tea‘s Guangdong-stored CNNP Tiepai 7532.

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Pu’erh Storage Schools

Pu’erh storage is a polarizing topic. This article is not intended to be a storage guide, nor an advertisement or critique of any particular storage methodology. The goal is to simply outline a few concepts and methods surrounding the complicated and controversial issue of pu’erh storage. Similar to how there is no single way in which the Chinese, Yunnanese, or Southeast Asians consume pu’erh, there is no obvious consensus when it comes to storage. This is all despite what vendors or other influencers directly involved with pu’erh might say. Continue reading

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CNNP 1997 7581 Yunnan Sourcing Ripe Pu’erh [Episode 66]

Curated by Yunnan Sourcing, this is a great example of aged ripe pu’erh. CNNP’s 7581 is a notoriously inconsistent recipe, but this particular tea is an example of a well-aged, dry-stored ripe pu’erh. Complex profile, a very nice tea.

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Bulang Pu’erh [July 2014 Tea Drinking Report]

For June 2014, the tea of the month was Bulang Pu’erh. During this past month, I had Bulang tea 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 and concentrated learning. This 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.

Vendors ordered from:

Primary tea producers:

  • Banzhang Tea Factory (Cha Wang Shop/White2Tea)
  • Hai Lang Hao (Yunnan Sourcing)
  • Yunnan Sourcing

Also featuring:

  • Mengyang Guoyan (Yunnan Sourcing)
  • Gu Ming Xiang (Yunnan Sourcing)

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Mandala Tea’s 2012 Noble Mark Ripe Pu’erh [Episode 65]

This episode Denny and James bring on a steepster favorite, Mandala Tea‘s 2012 Noble Mark Ripe Pu’erh. A very friendly, well-balanced ripe pu’erh blend.

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Old School & New School Pu’erh

Pu’erh is an unusual and highly unique tea. It is a tea genre accompanied by both a long rich history as tribute tea and also closely associated with the wild and dynamic nature of modern China. Pu’erh cha is frequently marketed as “traditional” and often accompanied with marketing buzzwords like “Ancient”, “Wild” and claims (many ridiculous and unverifiable) of very old trees. These days, there’s a ton of pu’erh being produced and sold by a number of different producers and vendors, operations ranging from the very large to the very small. Things weren’t always this way. This article will examine some of the trends and changes within the pu’erh industry post-PRC. Continue reading

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Xiaguan 2007 Xiao Fa Tuo Yunnan Sourcing Ripe Pu’erh [Episode 64]

Another personal Yunnan Sourcing recommendation from Denny, this time a ripe pu’erh. Xiaguan’s 2007 Xiao Fa Tuo.

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