2012 Yiwu Purple (YS) & 2012 Cangyan Gufeng (W2T) — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #31

Comparison of two cheaper teas supposedly from Yiwu. The Cangyan Gufeng is mistakenly referred to as being from 2013.

8 responses to “2012 Yiwu Purple (YS) & 2012 Cangyan Gufeng (W2T) — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #31”

  1. You’ve done tinned vs straight off the cake comparison with humidly stored puerh; how about with a more dry stored puerh? Or a young puerh, less than 5 years old? I’ve done my own comparisons with these and the differences were noticeable

    • Hi brian,

      Good suggestions. I’m going to do another tin vs. no-tin episode with a young pu’erh tea in two inbetweenisodes.


  2. I really like the concept of comparing two similar teas side by side. I did the same experiment last week, and it was really revealing. Much more than comparing the same teas in different moments on the same day (which I did the days before).

    • Hi Bef,

      Thanks for the comment. Yes it can be very informative and allow you to pickup on key differences that aren’t so obvious, especially when teas share moderately similar profiles.


  3. Great advice here James, especially for puer. Ignore the labels and let the tea do the talking.

    • Hi Richard,

      Thanks for popping in. Yes, indeed! It’s a reminder I must constantly give myself as well.


  4. Awesome stuff James. I really like the concept of comparing two teas from the same region. You mentioned the reliability of sourcing leaf material and whether or not pu erh is from where it is advertised and I have to agree with you about the problems with sourcing from labels and regions, hoping you know what you are getting. One of the many great companies that does very good transparent sourcing is Seven Cups Teas. Here is a 2012 Yiwu from their website https://sevencups.com/shop/2012-yi-wu-mountain-ancient-tree-green-puer-cake-400g/
    I highly recommend you check out their stuff, they have fantastic sourcing and proof of where the tea actually comes from. This cake is higher in price but the picking standard is higher and the leaf quality is good. Also here is a 2006 Yiwu from Verdant Tea another great company, that I believe you have featured before.
    Thanks for all the great stuff keep up the good work and hope you check out my suggestions.

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for the comments and the recs.. Frankly, I’m a bit sketpical of Verdant’s pu.

      Seven Cups has been on my radar forever and I amazingly haven’t tried a tea yet!


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