2012 Xiaguan T8653

5.6g in a Novak pot. The damp leaves initially have a very rich smoke, more of a ringing smokiness than the 2003/2005 Changtai, which have a sweeter smoke. This is...

2016 W2T Last Thoughts

I’m writing this review without re-reading my previous review of this tea. 5 June, 2018. 3.5g/60ml gaiwan Wash is very light with high sweet notes. The wet leaf has a...

2017 Maewoldang Hongcha

On my recent trip to Jeonju, South Korea, I was fortunate to visit Maewoldang tea on a rainy day in the countryside.  This meant that Mr Oh Dong-Seop (@sin.mog) and his...

Dayi 1701-7542

This is a tasting of the 2017 Dayi 7542 recipe, batch 1701, produced in February 2017 from a blend of three years’ worth of material.  I tasted it first in...

2003 Purple Dayi 7542

Thanks to Johan for sending me this generous sample of Purple Dayi 7542, which is originally from Olivier of Puerh.fr fame. It is the second time I’ve tried this tea,...

2003 Xiaguan Quality Inspection Mark

28 February 2018, 4.8g/85ml Yixing A tea from Xiaguan that I enjoy more every time I drink it. It is apparently a 8653 style cake from the “big five reproduced...

Biyun Hao Manzhuan, Manlin and Gaoshanzhai

A comparison of three teas from Biyun Hao: 2007 曼蠻磚(曼莊) Manzhuan Manzhuang, a blend 2007 曼林 蛮砖 Manlin single origin, Manzhuan region 2008 高山寨Gaoshanzhai single origin, Yiwu area Photos show...

2003 Dayi 7532

This cake was in the hands of Canadian Border Services for almost two weeks, and arrived with a hefty 150% duty slapped on it. This is odd, as Canada has...

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