Five Things I Like and Dislike. Quick Judgements, Tea Chat Rooms, Condensed Descriptions.

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2018 Yunnan Sourcing Serendipity Ripe Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 202]

A quick episode on the Yunnan Sourcing ripe production, Serendipity. This is my latest ripe casualty and another pretty decent, well-balanced blend produced by Scott.

Rating: 5.9

https://yunnansourcing.com/

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1996 Aged Tieguanyin via Teance [Episode 318]

This episode, Denny and I drink an aged Anxi Tieguanyin from Teance. The tea was roasted several times early on and has a heavy, earthy, mineral character.

https://www.teance.com/

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How I Brew Pu’erh & My Thought Process on Approaching Different Types of Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 201]

In episode 201, I supplement a couple older episodes Denny and I filmed on the basics of raw and ripe pu’erh. In this episode I talk specifically about brewing and how I tend to model it in my head and think about it. This is one of our most requested episodes and I make no claims of expertise. I’m just a guy that likes pu’erh and has brewed and drank a lot of it!

Over the course of the episode, I walk through young raw, semi-aged raw, aged raw, and ripe tea and how I think about each.

Raw Pu’erh Basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LR9TOBNuA4
Ripe Pu’erh Basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HwrjdGvcpk

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2013 Gongmei White Tea from White2Tea [Episode 317]

This episode, Denny and I drink a semi-aged Gongmei (white tea) from White2Tea. The tea is still on the lighter, floral and fluffy end and great for this time of year.

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Three Menghai Tea Factory Teas Between 1997-2001

Thanks to Nug, I had the opportunity to sample a few older and thereby quite expensive Menghai TF teas. I no longer sample as often as I used to, and try to be focused on very interesting teas when I do. These teas were sold to us by Taizhong based vendor Wang JF who will sell samples of some of his more expensive teas. The teas were naturally stored in Taiwan, and while I do suspect there were some differences in the storage of these teas early on, I think they all fit easily into the TW-natural storage category.

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2004, 2006, and 2007 Xiaguan Gold Ribbon from MX-Tea [Inbetweenisode 200]

This episode, I drink three different years of the Xiaguan Gold Ribbon production from Taobao vendor, MX-Tea. This was originally produced by Xiaguan in 2004 as a 100 gram Tuocha and in my opinion is quite a bit better than their average tea. The teas are quite potent and were consumed over the course of three days. In the episode, I compare the teas to see how much the tea productions varied. A good tea for those that like their tea strong with potential to age more (especially the 2007).

2007 Rating: 5.2
2006 Rating: 5.9
2004 Rating: 6.1

https://mx-tea.taobao.com/

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2018 Crimson Lotus Tea Autumn Hekai Raw Pu’erh [Episode 316]

This episode, Denny and I brew a powerful young sheng by local Seattle friends, Crimson Lotus Tea. The tea is quite punchy, potent, and strong, you’ll be able to tell by just watching the video. Thank you to Lamu & Glen for the tea!

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A Conversation w/Glen on Aging Tea in Seattle & Kunming, Blending & Tea Culture [Inbetweenisode 199]

In this episode, Glen and I have a casual conversation covering a wide arrange of tea and pu’erh centric topics. We start by talking about how tea is aging in Seattle (where we both live) and how that compares with Kunming, a place known for its dry storage. We then talk about tea culture and some of the regional preferences in the west as well as Yunnan. Finally we conclude by discussing some new and upcoming products.

I always enjoy talking with Glen and these are often some of our most popular episodes. Thank you to Glen for appearing!

https://crimsonlotustea.com/

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Rummy Ripe Pu’erh via LiquidProust [Episode 315]

This episode, Denny and I drink a real oddball, a rummy ripe pu’erh. This sample has been lingering around Seattle for a while before Denny decided to bring it onto the show. Thank you to Liquid Proust for providing this tea and sorry it took so long!

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