2016 Yunnan Sourcing Bawai Raw Pu’erh [Inbetweenisode 134]

In this episode James reviews one of Scott’s premium Lincang teas, the 2016 Bawai. This tea is a fresh, aromatic, and powerful brew. If Lincang teas are your jam, it’s worth a try!

2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Ba Wai Village" Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake

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2013 Xiaguan FT Love Forever [Episode 215]

In episode 215, Denny and James review a wedding gift to James! This is a special tea, that was secretly coordinated by a bunch of fellow tea-loving freaks. Thank you all!

The tea is a Xiaguan production but a bit of an oddity. It is made by Feitai (FT) out of leftover aged maocha (supposedly ~2003) before being pressed in 2013. The tea reviewed (and gifted) comes from a paper tong (not the bamboo version).

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The Secondary Pu’erh Market & a Few Pricing Factors

The secondary market is defined in this ebay guide on collectibles terminology as: “the buying and selling of collectibles previously sold on the primary market by retailers to collectors.” . Even though it is a consumable, the pu’erh market is also a collectible market and has a very active secondary markets in the east. In the west there’s a somewhat constant exchange of goods and money in an active secondary market, albeit much lower volume. This market is mainly composed of other drinkers (or people who bought pu’erh to invest) reselling their tea. Sometime it is because they no longer like the tea or bought too much or maybe they are trying to make a profit. Long-time tea drinkers like Wilson or Geraldo set up sites and eventually became pseudo vendors, but most of the western secondary pu’erh market are hobbyists selling off odds and ends in places like facebook groups, teachat or steepster. Continue reading

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2009 Menghai 7542 901 Raw Pu’erh w/Emilio of The Jade Leaf [Inbetweenisode 133]

In this episode, Emilio and James drink a tea from one of Toby’s Curated Boxes, the 2009 Menghai 7542. Toby’s curated boxes are a project done by Emilio and Toby to expose people to samples of different pu’erh teas.


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Morning Crane Tea Korean Hwangcha [Episode 214]

This episode, James and Denny bring on an old favorite from a years back, Morning Crane Tea’s Hwangcha (Yellow Tea). With very small buds, this is a complex, delicate, floral tea!


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The Jade Leaf’s Teaware [Inbetweenisode 132]

In this episode James visits Emilio Del Pozo’s (The Jade Leaf) headquarters in Taiwan. We take a look and discuss his new electric kiln as well as some of his wood-fired wares.

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2005 Biyunhao Yiwu Raw Pu’erh [Episode 213]

In this episode, Denny and James review a private label Yiwu made in 2005. Really tasty, lively, with some strong energy.

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Importance of Drinking Moderation

After I had scheduled this post for publication, Marshaln published a post on Caffeine Detox. This is worth reading over. The comments section also includes some personal experiences about overconsumption / overdosing on caffeine.

I suspect the vast majority of the people crazy enough to read this blog and buy tea from the internet started out drinking tea prolifically. Getting home from work or school to a big package of 30+ samples at 6:30PM and starting a five tea marathon session until midnight. Good luck sleeping off that! After a while most of us settle into certain rhythms of when we do or don’t drink tea and end up with fairly different habits than when we first got started into the tea world. Continue reading

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WuyiOrigin Qidan [Inbetweenisode 131]

This inbetweenisode, James drinks WuyiOrigin’s Qidan. On the lighter roasted side of Wuyi and very aromatic. Qidan is one of the common varietals used as a close cousin of Dahongpao.


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1990s Paperless Raw Pu’erh [Episode 212]

This episode, Denny and James drink a HK traditionally stored pu’erh, acquired by James during his stay in Taiwan. No frills, solid drinker.

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