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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2017 YS Rooster King Ripe Pu’erh [Episode 232]

One of Scott’s very recent ripe pu’erh pressings, the Year of the Rooster ripe cake. Well-blended and well-priced!

2017 Yunnan Sourcing "Rooster King" Ripe Pu-erh Tea Cake

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2004 Xiaguan FT T004 from MX (Taobao) [Inbetweenisode 145]

A 2004 FT production. This is an above average, robust solid Xiaguan tuo.  Thanks to Garrett for guest-starring in this episode.

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2015 W2T Pretty Girls Ripe Pu’erh [Episode 231]

White2Tea’s premium ripe pu’erh brought onto TeaDB. A relatively strong ripe blend, for those that like their shu on the greener side.

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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 the bust’s case, not everything was hit equally and teas definitely didn’t all recover at the same rate.. Some teas rebounded in a year or two, far more quickly than others. Others slowly creeped back up in five or six years and some teas and brands have never recovered. Continue reading

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Morning Crane Tea Balhyocha Yi Ho Young [Episode 230]

This is a very nice Balhyocha made by Yi Ho Young who has unfortunately recently passed. Thank you to Arthur of Morning Crane Teas for providing the tea. Please check out https://www.facebook.com/MorningCraneTea/ for more details on specialty Korean teas.

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WuyiOrigin Old Bush Dusk **** Aroma [Episode 229]

Otherwise known as Laocong Yashi Xiang. Thank you Cindy for this very tasting oolong!


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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 on western vendor’s sites tended to be less expensive than the semi-aged (7-15yrs+) or ripe teas that were listed. You shouldn’t read too much into this as it’s an imperfect comparison. The most obvious flaw is that the source material isn’t the same. There’s no quantitative way to measure the quality of the leaf, which makes the question of value over time tricky to answer. This article kicks off a series of posts looking at the pu’erh market. Continue reading

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2008 Dayi 8582 801 Raw Pu’erh feat. 2005 8582 [Inbetweenisode 144]

This episode, James continues his exploration of Taiwan stored 8582, with the 2008 version. This is also a solid tea and is starting to mellow to a more drinkable state. At the end of the episode, James compares the 2005 version from the previous episode vs. the 2008 one.

Special thanks to Marco for providing the tea.

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1999 Xiaguan All Red Neifei 8653 [Episode 228]

Strong, punch, potent, retired smoke this is a semi-aged factory tea that does not go down without a fight.

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