5+ Year Old “Menghai County” Raw Pu’erh [July 2015 Tea Drinking Report]

Shoutouts to Dignitea, Brian (double B), and Hster for providing teas for this month and allowing the content to be what it is!

By now you know the drill. I drink a bunch of teas following a certain theme. Blah, blah, blah. This month is Menghai County. One problem.. Menghai County is big and I have a ton of teas that qualify. So, like the Yiwu reports (1, 2) I’ve split this in two. So why am I doing 5+ year old Menghai County tea first? Simply, I’m more calibrated for these semi-aged teas because I more recently have been tasting through similarly aged “Yiwu” teas. Continue reading

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2002 Yibang Cha Wang Yuan Raw Puerh – InBetweenIsode #33 w/ Denny @ Dorothy Lake

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2015 White2Tea Little Walk — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #40

A nice little daily drinker from White2Tea’s 2015 line.


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Taiwan Sourcing’s Lishan Tieguanyin [Episode 116]

A more normal TeaDB episode but featuring Scott Wilson (Yunnan Sourcing) and another important part of Yunnan Sourcing his wife (XY). This is Denny and James first taste of the Taiwanese teas of Taiwan Sourcing, with their Lishan Tieguanyin.

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2014 Huang Pian Ripe Puerh from Crimson Lotus – IBS#32 w/Denny on the Bear Lake Trail

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2015 Colbert vs. 2015 Tuhao — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #39

Two teas from Menghai County from the White2Tea 2015 line.


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Interview w/Scott Wilson (Yunnan Sourcing) feat. 2013 YS Da Si [Episode 115]

A comprehensive interview with Scott Wilson of Yunnan Sourcing detailing his long 12 year journey based in Yunnan from it’s beginnings as an Ebay store, his own productions and much much more. Tea consumed: 2013 Yunnan Sourcing Da Si. Interview was conducted in Bend where the Yunnan Sourcing US branch is based.


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CNNP Zhongcha: Inconsistency, the Bubble & Bargain Hunters

Editor’s Note: After the episode on the 1997 CNNP 7581 (acquired via Yunnan Sourcing) (a good tea) we received several emails showing other options for late 1990s 7581. Some were drastically cheaper and others were more expensive. Such inconsistency in pricing indicates either faked age or drastic difference in quality/mark-up. Much of this inconsistency is associated heavily with the Zhong Cha brand.

Established in 1949, CNNP, or Zhong Cha, is one of the oldest, most classical pu’erh brands. CNNP wrappers are perhaps the most iconic, featuring the tea character surrounded by the Zhong (China) character. This logo is found on the majority of pu’erh beengs from the 1950s to the 1990s, including all of the famous pu’erh vintages from that time period. Productions in the 2000s used the same logo and similar wrapper as the original Zhong Cha wearing cakes printed in 1951, Still, the brand and the label on its own means very little in terms of a quality product. Far less than a consistent Menghai or Xiaguan product. In the opinion of many, these labels have become increasingly watered down over time but neither has fallen as far as the CNNP brand. In fact, contemporary CNNP of the last 20 years is almost renowned for its inconsistency. Continue reading

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Learning How to Drink Raw Pu’Erh – InBetweenIsode #31 w/ Denny

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2015 White2Tea Poundcake — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #38

2015 raw pu’erh! This one is my favorite at the $50 and under price range from White2Tea’s 2015 harvest.


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