Teavivre’s Organic Bai Mu Dan [Episode 69]

In episode 69, Denny & James review continue the second half of their series on Teavivre‘s white teas. This time it is the more robust, sweet Bai Mu Dan.

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Yunnan Sourcing, Featured Vendor

The vendor profile for Yunnan Sourcing is a part of our Pu’erhTea Vendor Series, covering a number of Pu’erh-centric vendors that sell to the west.

Based in both Kunming and Portland, Yunnan Sourcing is one of the longest standing pu’erh vendors in the international online marketplace. The store was founded by Scott Wilson, an American expatriate based in Kunming and was originally conceived as an ebay vendor (in 2004). As the pu’erh tea market has grown in the west and worldwide, Yunnan Sourcing has grown and evolved with it. The ebay store eventually migrated onto its own domain(s), YunnanSourcing.com and eventually YunnanSourcing.us. In 2009, Scott began to source and press the well-received Yunnan Sourcing production cakes, these beengs have become a major selling point on Yunnan Sourcing’s online store. Continue reading

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Teavivre’s Organic Silver Needle [Episode 68]

In episode 68, Denny & James review begin a short, two-episode series on Teavivre‘s white teas. Today it is the classic, archetypal Silver Needle.

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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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