2019 Yunnan Sourcing Bulang Ripe Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 214]

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2007 Bulang.. Lao Banzhang.. Fake, Sketchy Ripe? Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 213]

This episode I drink a free (!!!!) ripe pu’erh acquired locally from a Buy Nothing facebook group (a group used to exchange locally). The tea has many marketing keywords included, most of which are inaccurate.

Rating: 2.7

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2006 Dayi 8582 601 [Inbetweenisode 212]

This episode I talk a bit about pu’erh I’ve bought in the last few years and drink a relatively recent purchase, 2006 Menghai Tea Factory 8582. The tea is stout, resinous, and enjoyable.

Rating: 6.3

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Mystery Oolong? Tea [Episode 359]

Denny and I drink a mystery tea from one of Denny’s friends and try to pinpoint the origins of the tea.

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How My Tastes Have Changed & Settled

One question I get asked is how my tastes have changed since getting into tea. I’ve consumed tea intentionally as a hobby for around 8 years now and while TeaDB serves as a nice document for looking and reflecting back it doesn’t necessarily track my own interests in tea with 100% accuracy. Continue reading

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Tea Home Dongding (Legend of) & My Experience Drinking TW Oolongs [Inbetweenisode 211]

This episode I bring on a decent, very reasonably priced Taiwanese oolong from Nantou-based vendor Tea Home. The tea is a mid-fired Dongding and is sweet, slightly nutty, and well-balanced. This video is also a bit of an oddity as one of the very few TW oolongs featured on an inbetweenisode. A good example of something I drink regularly.

Tea: 風華再現【老凍頂】高山烏龍茶

https://www.teahometw.com/

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2006 Hailang Hao Laobanzhang Raw Pu’erh [Episode 358]

This episode, Denny and I have the pleasure of drinking a 14 year old dry-stored raw pu’erh from Hailang Hao. As many know, Lao Banzhang is one of the most famous of areas. The tea is powerful and has an immediate impact as you can easily tell from watching the video.

Thank you to Dipu for generously sending a sample of this tea.

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2019 Yunnan Sourcing Bawang Ripe Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 210]

This episode, I drink an interesting ripe blend from Yunnan Sourcing, the 2019 Bawang. The tea has a strong base, good body, and some solid bitterness. I very much enjoy it and think it may improve with time. https://yunnansourcing.com/

Rating: 6.6

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2019 White2Tea Modern Witch Ripe Pu’erh [Episode 357]

Denny and I drink a higher-end ripe from W2T. The tea is complex and layered. Well above average ripe pu’erh. https://white2tea.com/

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Young Sheng Variety Pack. The Western Tea Scene Has Loads of Young Sheng Options

In my first couple years of drinking pu’erh I sampled heavily. Many vendors and many different teas. While I originally did not go into it with a goal of trying specifically young pu’erh, this ended up making a pretty strong majority of pu’erh that I sampled. This is due to a few factors. One is that there’s a predictable vendor drop with the harvest, sometime in late Spring/early summer or in mid-Autumn. This generates demand and buzz amongst the tea community. The second is that young pu’erh makes up the vast majority of raw pu’erh being sold to the west. If you put together a list of the five most popular western pu’erh-centric vendors and listed all of the teas they’ve released in the past year and randomly picked 10, you’d likely end up with ~8 or so being young pu’erh. You actually need to be pretty intentional about not picking young pu’erh if you want to try a different category of raw pu’erh..

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