Western Vendor Pu’erh Prices at Conception have Risen Since 2011 (& Probably Before)

It’s common in the pu’erh-verse to note the seemingly always rising price of freshly produced tea. Every year more expensive than the last… Even with the limited scope of western-vendor labeled pu’erh, we can take a quick look at the Way Back Machine and glance at what pu’erhs were selling for a few years ago and compare it to 2017/2018 prices.. It’s also an interesting exercise to look at old Half-Dipper reviews and realize that a lot of tea is simply no longer available. It used to be noteworthy when a fresh cake sold for three figures, now it’s commonplace. Those times are gone.. Oh and that cake is probably 200 grams… Continue reading

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Pu’erh Storage & Aging Cigars Compares w/Aging Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 163]

In this episode, James is joined by recurring guest Garrett for another long conversation on pu’erh.

The first half of the conversation involves a post written by James on Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage and some of the implications on home storage.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage

The second half of the conversation involves Aging Cigars and how the scenes compare. They discuss the different stages of cigar aging, the importance of temperature, dew point, etc.

Dr. Joe & Aging Cigars.

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2014 Hunan Heicha Tianjian Basket Tea via Jonny [Episode 258]

This episode, James & Denny review a Hunan Heicha generously provided by Jonny. The tea is tippy, but brews quite smooth and the profile is some combination of oolong and pu’erh. Very interesting and enjoyable tea! Big thank you to Jonny for the tea!

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2002 Tailian International Pu’erh Tea Expo Raw Pu’erh via YS [Inbetweenisode 162]

This episode, James brings on a Kunming dry-stored raw pu’erh blend from Yunnan Sourcing, the 2002 Tailian International Pu’erh Tea Expo Raw. Thank you to shah and another tea friend for sending this sample at different points.

6.3 rating.

2002 Tai Lian "International Pu-erh Tea Expo" Anniversary Raw tea Cake

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Everlasting Tea’s Experimental White Tea [Episode 257]

This episode, Denny and James, review a Taiwanese white tea, sold by Everlasting Teas. The tea is a little atypical as Taiwan doesn’t . tasty with a lot of fresh white tea notes. A very nice change of pace from our usual diet of oolongs and pu’erh. Big thank you to Sammy for providing the tea.


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Grams Consumed: Grams Bought. A Relatively Simple Ratio to See If You’re Buying Too Much Pu’erh

Cakes upon cakes. Filling up fridges by the tong.. Filling up apartments by the fridge. We’ve all seen that instagram. Some may buy a pair of cakes, one for aging and one for drinking.. There’s also the stamp collector who owns 250 different cakes including the entire 2015+2016+2017 White2Tea & Crimson Lotus Tea line. The tong (+1). The two tongs (+1). For the obsessed mind, it is all too easy to buy and accumulate lots of tea. Continue reading

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Tea Sourcing, Premium Ripe Pu’erh, & Tea Processing. With Glen of Crimson Lotus Tea [IBS 161]

This episode James & Glen of Crimson Lotus Tea, have a conversation about their tea business. The 2018 trip to Yunnan marks the fifth tea sourcing trip for Glen & Lamu, and we discuss how their business & sourcing has evolved since they pressed their first productions in 2014. Other topics include the growing popularity of premium ripe pu’erh and tea processing.

Big thank you to Glen for appearing on the video and being a recurring guest for the past five years.


Also checkout Crimson Lotus Tea’s original appearance on the show.

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Pu’erh Tea [Episode 256]

In the most anticipated TeaDB episode of all-time, James & Denny discuss The Amazing Health Benefits of Pu’erh Tea. The three health benefits are: (1) Aids digestion, (2) Weight Loss, and (3) Improves Memory.

Cool Blast – Disco Ultralounge by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Airport Lounge – Disco Ultralounge by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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Outro (White Smoke)

Featured Tea: https://white2tea.com/product/2017-old-reliable/

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2018 Crimson Lotus Tea Jade Rabbit w/Glen of CLT [Inbetweenisode 160]

This episode features special guest Glen of Crimson Lotus Tea. We drink a future production, the Jade Rabbit blend, a tea that spans multiple mountains and multiple years. Big thanks to Glen & Crimson Lotus Tea for appearing on the show. The tea is pungent, strong, and long-lasting.

Filmed at https://www.phoenixteashop.com/ .


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2011 Tea Urchin Guafengzhai [Episode 255]

In this episode, Denny and James review one of Tea Urchin’s original productions from 2011 to see how it is coming along. The Tea Urchin GFZ is potent, strong, and quite tasty. Thanks to Man O Tea for providing the tea.


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