Author Archives: James

2006 Hongtaichang Mingdee Thai Raw “Pu’erh” via Tea-Side [Episode 271]

This episode we drink a 2006 tea from northern Thailand produced like a pu’erh. It was made under the Hongtaichang label and produced by Mingdee factory. Thanks to Valerii at Tea-Side for providing the sample.

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Some Reasons You Should Consider Aging More Oolong & Less Pu’erh

Sometimes when I’m sipping a particularly delicious aged oolong, I’ll glance over at my tea fridge and then to my wine cooler and get some major self doubt. I enjoy drinking pu’erh and happen to own enough that I’ll be … Continue reading

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1970s Sunyishun Liuan via Varat [Episode 270]

This episode is the second part of a series on Liu’an Heicha. Complex, woody, barky, and quite powerful this is a very interesting aged tea from Varat.

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2007 Yangqing Hao Lingya Raw Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 170]

This episode, I bring on the well-balanced, semi-aged, dark Yiwu, the Yangqing Hao Lingya. This is a cake that I own quite a few cakes of and enjoy drinking regularly. 7.5 Rating.

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2000s Sunyishun Liuan via Varat [Episode 269]

This episode starts a two episode series featuring Liuan (Heicha) tea from Varat. The tea is still pretty young and has a complex profile that resembles both pu’erh and some oolong.

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Rare Tea: Dry-Stored 1980s/1990s Zhongcha 7542

It wouldn’t be without the generosity of experienced tea hands that I’d be able to do posts like these. A sample was provided by Peter from a cake from Su’s collcetion. Thank you to both of you! About the Tea This … Continue reading

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Healthy Leaf Yunnan Red (Black) Tea [Episode 268]

This episode we drink a good, aromatic, smooth red (black) tea from Healthy Leaf. Yunnan Ancient Tree Black Tea 2016 – Yunnan Gu Shu Hong Cha

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2015 Dayi Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain) Ripe Pu’erh via YS [Inbetweenisode 169]

In this solo inbetweenisode. James brings on another inexpensive Dayi ripe pu’erh. This one is an extremely soft, smooth, and very comfortable tea from Menghai Tea Factory. 5.8 Rating. 2015 Menghai "Elephant Mountain" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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2017 Gaojiashan Hui Gui Fuzhuan via YS [Episode 267]

This episode, Denny and I drink a very interesting Heicha from Hunan. The tea is made by Gaojiashan factory and is a golden flower brick, Fuzhuan. The processing is done in a way that creates yellow fungi (Golden Flowers). It’s … Continue reading

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Datapost: The Dearth of Aged Pu’erh Available From Western Facing Vendors

It’s no secret that aged pu’erh is scarce out west. The western vendor scene is dominated by vendors traveling to Yunnan bringing back predominantly young tea to sell. For this exercise, I added all of the older teas from western vendors … Continue reading

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