1981 Baozhong via Everlasting Teas [Episode 240]

This episode, Denny and James drink an old Baozhong (from Everlasting Teas) that’s been re-roasted once in 1995.

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TAOBAO (& Pu’erh). A Conversation w/Garrett [Inbetweenisode 151]

In this episode, Garrett and James have an open-ended discussion on Taobao, a Chinese online shopping platform. We start by discussing how we originally started using Taobao, some of its uses to learn and explore tea, and how we found specific vendors on Taobao. About halfway through the episode we discuss agents (intermediaries that allow you to buy tea from Taobao) that we’ve used in the past with and the logistics involved. The episode concludes with a discussion of if we will order from Taobao in the future and the specific type of teas (i.e. factory tea) that we specifically look for. The episode concludes with some pros and cons that we both have of the buying platform.

This is NOT a how-to guide for taobao.

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2017 Essence of Tea Wild Wuliang [Episode 239]

This episode, Denny and James drink a 2017 wild production from Wuliang, made by Essence of Tea.

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2007 Xizihao Puzhen [Episode 238]

In this episode, Denny and I bring a boutique tea generously provided by Darius (shah). The tea is the 2007 XZH Puzhen that has been relatively dry-stored.

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1960s Song Tea Aged Baozhong (Oolong) [Episode 237]

This episode, James and Denny drink a very old oolong from San Francisco-based vendor Song Tea.

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Five Things I Like & Dislike, Obsession with Value, Tea Shaming…

Things that have been occurring in the tea world that I like and dislike.. Continue reading

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2016 Mojun Fucha from Shaanxi [Inbetweenisode 150]

This episode, special guest Oolong Owl brings on a 2016 Fuzhuan from Shaanxi she picked up from the World Tea Expo. This type of heicha has a special type of mold, called golden flowers.


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2017 YS Yibang Raw Pu’erh [Episode 236]

This episode, Denny and James bring on a premium raw pu’erh produced by Yunnan Sourcing in 2017. A good combination of strength, aroma, and aftertaste.

2017 Yunnan Sourcing "Yi Bang" Ancient Arbor Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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A Conversation w/Fellow Tea Blogger Oolong Owl [Inbetweenisode 149]

In this episode, James brings on the one and only, Oolong Owl. Char (Oolong Owl) is a fellow tea blogger who writes on a huge variety of teas. We cover a wide range topics, including Char’s tea journey, tea expos +events, and positive reviews while blogging.


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Morning Crane Tea Noeulhangki Balhyocha by Kim Jong Yeol [Episode 235]

Another very tasty and unique Balhyocha from Morning Crane Tea. This one has larger leaves than the others and is made by Kim Jong Yeol. Elements of oolong, black, and white teas.


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