Category Archives: Aged Pu’erh

Famous Tea: 1988 Qing Bing

The 1988 Qing Bing is a very famous cakes from the 1980s and early 1990s. Like the 1999 BGT I thought I would share my experiences with it. Phyll Sheng lays out the criteria for 1988 QB in this informative post. They … Continue reading

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Western Brands are Very Different from Big Factory Tea

The data from this original post was originally taken from puer.cn, and isn’t totally complete (it’s probably missing some productions). The information is intended as a proxy to look at some trends. Here’s the dataset of White2Tea, Yunnan Sourcing, Dayi, … Continue reading

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Zhang Jinghong’s Ancient Caravans & Urban Chic, a Conversation w/Garrett [Inbetweenisode 155]

This is not a review.. In this episode, James and Garrett have a very long discussion on (IMO) the best English-language book on pu’erh around. They discuss what they like about the book and dive deeper into some of the … Continue reading

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1997 Loose Dry-Stored Raw Pu’erh via Varat [Episode 244]

This week’s tea is a ~20 year old dry-stored raw pu’erh. Aged in loose form, this is a rarity and a treat that makes an interesting foil to the more humidly stored tea from the prior episode. http://theguidetopuerhtea.blogspot.com/2017/10/educational-series-20-year-old-puerh.html

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1990s Menghai Green Label Raw Pu’erh via Varat [Episode 243]

This episode, Denny and James drink a sample generously provided by Varat. This one was stored moderately wet and is now smooth, woody, creamy, and very tasty. http://theguidetopuerhtea.blogspot.com/2017/10/educational-series-20-year-old-puerh.html

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Tea Drinking Reflections 2017

2017 has been a transitory year for me with a few significant life changes. Part of this involved the very painful process of packing up all my tea-related things and moving from my apartment of five years. This is the … Continue reading

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Why is the Western Scene so Dominated by Young Pu’erh, A Conversation w/Garrett [Inbetweenisode 146]

In this episode, Garrett and I take a look at one of the latest articles on TeaDB and some of the responses. We discuss why young raw pu’erh is such a commonly sourced tea for western facing pu’erh-centric vendor.

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Does Pu’erh Increase in Value? Part 2. Landmark Years & Dayi Special Productions: A Look at Price

To some extent all pu’erh moves together in the market. When the pu’erh bust hit in 2007, teas across the board were hit. Raw tea, ripe tea, Dayi, Changtai, Lao Banzhang, Yiwu.. Of course this is only part of the picture. In … Continue reading

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Does Pu’erh Increase in Value? Part 1. Big Factory Pu’erh Recipes

When I investigated the teas that western vendors tend to sell (tldr: young raw pu’erh), the topic of pu’erhs value over time was brought up. In that post, I found that the average cost of a young raw pu’erh listed … Continue reading

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The Western Pu’erh Scene is Really Dominated by Modern Young Pu’erh

For people looking to learn about pu’erh I usually recommend picking a western-facing, pu’erh-centric, vendor and ordering a bunch of samples that cover a few different categories (my suggestion: young raw pu’erh, semi-aged raw pu’erh, and ripe pu’erh). Most pu’erh vendors … Continue reading

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