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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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The Box. Aged Oolong Report

The aged oolong market in the west leaves a lot to be desired. Most of the time the teas are usually significantly flawed (re-roasted/sour), overpriced, or more often than not both. A couple years ago, I was lucky enough to sample … Continue reading

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2014 Tea Urchin Spring Xikong [Episode 152]

2014 production of a Mengla county from Tea Urchin.

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Can’t I Just Settle Down? Menghai County Raw Pu’erh [September 2015 Tea Drinking Report]

Shoutouts to Meng, Carolyn, Bellmont, and Dignitea for providing teas for this month and allowing the content to be what it is! Menghai County Part 2! This is the last of the pu’erh reports for 2015. I’ll be traveling to … Continue reading

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Tea Urchin’s Old Bush Zhi Lan Xiang [Episode 121]

A blind session with a sample of Tea Urchin’s Old Bush Zhi Lan Xiang kindly provided by Richard.

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2014 Tea Urchin’s Gaoshan Zhai [Episode 113]

The second of a two-part series on a couple Tea Urchin teas that were included in the Yiwu report. This tea is the 2014 Gaoshan Zhai, a tea that has an inviting complex taste and a wonderful aftertaste.

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2014 Tea Urchin’s Yiwu Beauty [Episode 112]

The first of a two-part series on a couple Tea Urchin teas that were included in the Yiwu report. This one is a soft, easy-drinking young pu’erh, the 2014 Yiwu Beauty.

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“Yiwu” Raw Pu’erh [May 2015 Tea Drinking Report]

Big shoutouts to Carolyn, Richard, Dignitea and several vendors for providing teas and others like Shah8 for their recommendations! A brief disclaimer: This report should be taken as my own personal journey into tea and not as the ultimate, definitive … Continue reading

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Tea Urchin’s Lao Jizi Baozhong [Episode 105]

A blind tasting of a sample kindly provided by Richard. An interesting contrast vs. the Floating Leaves Tea reviewed in episode 103.

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Tea Urchin’s Premium Shui Jin Gui — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #28

A really nice Wuyi Tea from Tea Urchin. This tea is on the upper-end of the price spectrum, but would make for an excellent special-occasion tea. http://teaurchin.com/premium-shui-jin-gui.html

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