Zhang Jinghong’s Ancient Caravans & Urban Chic, a Conversation w/Garrett [Inbetweenisode 155]

This is not a review.. In this episode, James and Garrett have a very long discussion on (IMO) the best English-language book on pu’erh around. They discuss what they like about the book and dive deeper into some of the topics brought up by Zhang (the author).

https://www.amazon.com/Puer-Tea-Ancient-Caravans-Culture/dp/0295993235/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516079452&sr=8-1&keywords=pu%27er+chic

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ALPHA, BETA, Yunnan Sourcing Raw Pu’erh Blind Tasting [Episode 245]

This episode Denny and James start a three episode series on some Yunnan Sourcing teas, tasted blind. Tasting has been coordinated by Matt of http://mattchasblog.blogspot.com/ and Yunnan Sourcing https://yunnansourcing.com/ . Big thank you to Matt and Scott!

The teas covered in this episode are Alpha and Beta.

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You Can Buy Young Pu’erh From All Over Yunnan

The custom private label pu’erh has really thrived in the western market – with vendors increasingly sourcing their own pressings directly from Yunnan. This was a new thing for westerners back in 2009 when just Yunnan Sourcing and Essence of Tea pressed tea. Now it is almost a rite of passage for a pu’erh-centric vendor, and we have access to a sleuth of options all over Yunnan. Continue reading

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YS High-Mountain Pomelo Flower Dancong [Inbetweenisode 154]

This episode, James and Meet drink another of Meet’s favorite’s Dancong Oolong. The tea is Pomelo Flower Dancong provided by Yunnan Sourcing.

High Mountain "Pomelo Flower Aroma" Dan Cong Oolong Tea * Spring 2017

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1997 Loose Dry-Stored Raw Pu’erh via Varat [Episode 244]

This week’s tea is a ~20 year old dry-stored raw pu’erh. Aged in loose form, this is a rarity and a treat that makes an interesting foil to the more humidly stored tea from the prior episode.

http://theguidetopuerhtea.blogspot.com/2017/10/educational-series-20-year-old-puerh.html

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2004 Yangqing Hao Teji [Inbetweenisode 153]

This episode, Garrett and James, drink one of their more regular nice brews, the 2004 Yangqing Hao Teji.

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1990s Menghai Green Label Raw Pu’erh via Varat [Episode 243]

This episode, Denny and James drink a sample generously provided by Varat. This one was stored moderately wet and is now smooth, woody, creamy, and very tasty.

http://theguidetopuerhtea.blogspot.com/2017/10/educational-series-20-year-old-puerh.html

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Tea Drinking Reflections 2017

2017 has been a transitory year for me with a few significant life changes. Part of this involved the very painful process of packing up all my tea-related things and moving from my apartment of five years. This is the first time since my tea-obsession began that I’ve moved. It also forced me to reckon with how much I had accumulated (maybe I can just get rid of more sweaters to fit a few extra cakes?). This year has also been quite different from 2014-2016, with both my consumption and purchasing shifting significantly downwards, a shift I consider to be both positive and healthy.. Continue reading

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2007 Xizi Hao Jipin [Episode 242]

This episode Denny and James review a tea from premium Taiwanese pu’erh vendor Xizihao. The tea is the 2007 Zhenpin and has been generously sent to us by Darius (shah). Unlike the Puzhen reviewed a couple episodes back this has been aged in Taiwan.

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Cha Ceremony’s Aged Dahongpao [Episode 241]

This episode, Denny and James drink some aged, roasted Dahongpao from Cha Ceremony, a Yancha specialist.

http://chaceremony.com/product/aged-dahongpao/

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