2017 Gaojiashan Hui Gui Fuzhuan via YS [Episode 267]

This episode, Denny and I drink a very interesting Heicha from Hunan. The tea is made by Gaojiashan factory and is a golden flower brick, Fuzhuan. The processing is done in a way that creates yellow fungi (Golden Flowers). It’s the sort of tea that sounds a lot more off-putting than it actually is. Worth trying for anyone that has yet to try a Fuzhuan. A very tasty and quite inexpensive tea.

2017 Gao Jia Shan "Hui Gui" Fu Brick Tea from Hunan


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Datapost: The Dearth of Aged Pu’erh Available From Western Facing Vendors

It’s no secret that aged pu’erh is scarce out west. The western vendor scene is dominated by vendors traveling to Yunnan bringing back predominantly young tea to sell. For this exercise, I added all of the older teas from western vendors I could think of. Unlike some of my other data compilations, this one didn’t take long at all.. The cutoff for aged pu’erh (both raw and ripe) was set at 18 years (2000 and older). Setting it at 18 years puts it firmly above semi-aged, but also not high enough (25 years) where we would have no teas making the cut. It’s a number that’s probably going to annoy some people off because its too low and others because it isn’t high enough (ask Su what aged tea is!). Continue reading

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2016 Vesper Chan’s Red Sunset Ripe Pu’erh via Bana Tea [Inbetweenisode 168]

This episode, James brings on a boutique ripe pu’erh, under Vesper Chan’s (Best Tea House) label. This is a thick, elegant, very tasty ripe pu’erh.

7.2 Rating.

Shoutout to Oolong Owl for turning me onto this tea.


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Tea-Side 2016 Thailand Hongcha Dianhong [Episode 266]

This episode, Denny and I drink some hongcha from Thailand produced similar to Yunnan black tea (Dianhong). This one is an interesting tea in that it is similar but different to actual Chinese tea leaves. We could also tell that the material seemed to be quite good.


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Why Not (Age) Oolong? [Inbetweenisode 167]

In this episode, regular guest Garrett comes back to discuss why more people aren’t aging oolong. The episode focuses on difference in pu’erh when it comes to aging, storage, and ease in the west.

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LazyCatTeas House Rougui [Episode 265]

In this episode, Denny and I drink a Rougui from Lazy Cat Teas. The tea is a very good Wuyi, well-roasted with a lot of minerals, and a strong rock taste. Lazy Cat Teas is a Wuyi specialist.  Thank you to Cavemanking for providing the sample!


(My apologies for the audio, the recording was corrupted so we had to use the audio from the camera)

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Five (+1) More Things I Like & Dislike. People Complaining About Price Hikes, Community Group Buys…

Five more things I like & dislike.. Continue reading

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2007 Yangqing Hao Jincha Raw Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 166]

This episode, James brings on a repeat, the 2007 Yangqing Hao Jincha. One of James’ favorite daily drinkers, it is a semi-aged Yiwu that strikes a good balance between strength and drinkability.

6.9 Rating.


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2003 Dayi Bok Choy 4 Stars Lao Banzhang Raw Pu’erh [Episode 264]

In this episode, Denny and James bring on a tea from the famed Dayi Bok Choy series from the early 2000s. Despite being 15 years old, this tea is extraordinarily potent and is one of the strongest teas we’ve ever brought onto the show (in a good way). Big thank you to Dipu for providing a sample of this tea.

(My apologies for the audio, the recording was corrupted so we had to use the audio from the camera)

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2016 Dayi Chenxiang Yayun via YS [Inbetweenisode 165]

This episode, James brings on another daily drinking Dayi ripe onto a solo inbetweenisode. Smooth, easy to drink, this is one of the final sessions of a cake. The Chenxiang Yayun uses aged ripe material and was pressed in 2016.

5.8 Rating.

2016 Menghai "Chen Xiang Ya Yun" Aged Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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