Category Archives: Article

Simple Home Storage Solutions

Pu’erh storage is as complicated as you want to make it. But it’s also an issue that needs to be addressed for anyone with a stash. Keeping your pu’erh in open air or close to aromas is a good way to … Continue reading

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Baseball Closers, 99 Bottles of Wine (Drink Your Damn Tea & Buy the Good Shit)

In major league baseball a team’s best relief pitcher is nearly always their closer. For years, the closer has been only used under very specific criteria. (a) Their team is ahead by three runs or less (b) there is one … Continue reading

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Five Things I Like and Don’t Like. Group Buys, Buying Off the Shelf, Old Trees, YS Wet Teas.

Things that have been occurring in the tea world that I like and dislike.. Group Buys Group buys have been popping up with increasing frequency over the past 1.5 years. They can be a very good way to try teas, … Continue reading

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Early Yunnan Sourcing Production Aging Mini-Report & Some Pu’erh Thoughts

Many of the original pu’erh productions by western-facing vendor were in the 2009 or 2010 and principally done by Essence of Tea and Yunnan Sourcing. A lot has changed since then, and while there’s the odd production that has stayed … Continue reading

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No Frills. 18 Quick Hits, Less Premium Young Tea Report

One of the perks (or drawbacks) of having a blog is literally drowning in tea/samples. I’m not really in the market for young tea, especially not cheaper young tea. This is mainly because I don’t drink these teas nearly often … Continue reading

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Tea Drinking Reflections 2016 & 15 Cake Challenge 2017

In what is becoming a yearly tradition, I spent too much and bought too much in 2016.  An extended trip to Asia didn’t help matters. Unlike 2015 I’m actually pretty happy with what I spent money on. Part of this … Continue reading

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How Dry is Kunming Storage & What Does That Mean For Western Home Storage?

“At least it’s not Kunming storage.” “Stored in Kunming….. Maybe it’ll be ready in 50 years.” -Anonymous Pu’erh Heads Kunming has developed a reputation as the whipping boy of storage locations. Anyone who’s sampled a tea aged in Kunming knows it’s way … Continue reading

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Give me Guangdong or Give me Death. Factory Tea Report

Young pu and now factory tea. Aren’t you the guy that published that super-negative Xiaguan report. At least young pu’erh is popular in our western pu’erh community. Who the hell is talking about factory tea in the west? Other than the … Continue reading

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FOMO. 2016 Premium Young Tea Report

If you have been living in a cave with your pu’erh stash for the past 15 years and arejust reemerging to restock your stash, I have some news for you. You should’ve bought apple stock. And google. And loads of … Continue reading

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Practical Brewing Nuances

There’s quite a bit to take into account when brewing. Most of us figure out how they work in our setup and fall into routines that eventually get filed away into muscle memory.. It can take being removed from our familiar home setups for us to really … Continue reading

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