Author Archives: James

Rare Tea: 1970s Ripe Tuocha

This tea was generously gifted to me by Su as a wedding gift. Thanks so much for your generosity! About the Tea (& Is it Legit?) Ripe pu’erh was invented in the 1970s, so this represents an extremely early specimen. … Continue reading

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2015 Chen Bug Bitten Taiwanese Oolong [Episode 280]

This episode we drink another solid oolong from Farmer Chen. This tea is his bug bitten oolong from 2015.

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10+ Year Old Loose Traditionally Stored Ripe Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 176]

This episode I drink one of my daily teas I picked up in Hong Kong that’s unfortunately not available. This is a traditionally stored loose ripe that has a fairly different profile from normal ripe tea. Very chuggable tea for … Continue reading

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2008 Fangmingyuan Nannuo [Episode 279]

This episode we drink an old blogger favorite, the Fangmingyuan Nannuo. This tea is from Tiago over at Tea Encounter and has been stored in Beijing for 10 years.

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Correcting Your Storage & Preventing Mold. What are Safe Parameters?

So you got mold? This is a real risk for anyone aging pu’erh, especially those with setups designed to add some form of humidity. After you deal with the immediate outbreak, you essentially have two options. Scrap your setup and … Continue reading

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2005 Changtai Jingpin Raw Pu’erh via Farwenwa (US Stored) [Inbetweenisode 175]

This episode I drink a Washington state stored raw pu’erh. The tea is the Changtai Jingpin, which was stored a couple hours east of Seattle. I think the dry-storage has treated this tea (which probably wasn’t overly aggressive to begin … Continue reading

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Wuyi Origin Wild Lapsang Hongcha [Episode 278]

This episode we drink an exceptional Hongcha from Wuyi Origin. Spicy, aromatic, with a great aftertaste. Thank you to Cindy for providing the tea!

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Tea-Side 2016 Jinxuan Thai Hongcha [Episode 277]

This episode James and Denny drink a Thai-grown black tea using the Jinxuan Hongcha. It is both familiar and unique in how it blends teas from China and Taiwan.

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How Much Does Ripe Pu’erh Cost from Western Vendors?

Since I’ve crunched a bunch of numbers for other pu’erh categories, I figured I should do the same for ripe pu’erh. Ripe pu’erh is not exactly the most talked about tea, but it is generally considered to be affordable and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Marco’s Hotbox Storage Experiment [Inbetweenisode 174]

This episode, I talk on Marco’s fascinating experiment where he heats up his pu’erh in a cooler (kept at a fairly steady humidity). It’s only one year in, but there’s a lot of food for thought!

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