2018 Crimson Lotus Tea Guoyoulin (Yiwu) Raw Pu’erh [Episode 276]

This episode we drink a premium Yiwu from Crimson Lotus Tea. Very fresh, premium young tea with huge leaves.

Thanks to Glen & Lamu for the sample.


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Q&A. Vendor + Tea Recommendations, Tea Books, Judging Pu’erh, etc. [Inbetweenisode 173]

This episode I answer a series of questions on tea, covering a pretty wide range of topics. Topics include vendors for aged oolongs, water, tea books, caffeine content, judging pu’erh, and some pu’erh recommendations.

Thanks for all the great questions sent in! I answered as many as I could, but unfortunately could not get to everything.

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Farmer Chen’s Primitive Charcoal Light Roast Lishan [Episode 275]

We drink Farmer Chen’s Lightly Roasted Lishan Tea. This one is very similar but also a little bit different from a few generes of Taiwanese oolongs. Thanks to Nug at Dead Leaves Club for the sample.

You can find more of Farmer Chen’s teas at Leafy Green Tea.


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YQH Retrospective & The YQH Value Spot

In our small little westerm tea community, there was quite a stir over YQH in 2015 and 2016. I’ll personally admit to being caught up in both the dialog and purchasing of these teas. YQH remains available via Emmett, the most important figure in making these teas accessible). And while YQH as a conversation piece in the tea community has faded, I thought I’d share some thoughts on YQH, looking back with some perspective. Continue reading

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2006 Yangqing Hao Qixiang Raw Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 172]

This episode, I drink another Yangqing Hao raw pu’erh. This one is purportedly a spring only blend of the six famous mountains. It is softer and quite different than the 2007s with deceptive strength.

6.5 Rating.


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Path of Cha Zhengshan Xiaozhong Hongcha [Episode 274]

This episode we drink some good drinking, aromatic black tea from Fujian.


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1950s Sunyishun Liuan via Varat [Episode 273]

This episode we drink another old very Liuan from Varat. Thank you! This particular tea is old and unique. Similar, but also quite different from aged Liubao or aged pu’erh.

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Tea-Side, Vendor Profile & Interview

I had the pleasure of meeting tea vendors and Russian expats Valerii and Jane when I went to Chiang Mai. I had not been planning on any tea meetups on this trip, but Valerii happened to see I was traveling to Chiang Mai on Instagram and we met up for tea. Valerii’s family was very generous and we ended up meeting up a few times during my brief trip, including an outdoor excursion and tea session to the scenic Bua Tong waterfall. After we parted and he sent me home to Seattle with a ton of samples, we agreed to do an interview on the interesting niche he occupies, selling Thai teas. Continue reading

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LazyCatTeas Daoshuikeng Rougui [Episode 272]

This episode James and Denny drink some more Yancha. Tea featured is a Rougui from Lazy Cat Teas. Very tasty, well-balanced tea for everyone to enjoy!

http://www.lazycattea.com/shop/lazy cat teas

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Garrett Pre-Taiwan Travel Diaries [Inbetweenisode 171]

In this episode, we discuss Garrett’s upcoming trip to Taiwan in September. We talk about shopping for tea abroad, what he hopes to buy, and some aspects of traveling there.

After he returns from his trip in late September, we plan to do a recap episode.

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