1998 CNNP Red Label

25 March 2017, 5.5g/100ml gaiwan [6.2] Generous sample from Mike Pong Tight compression, small leaves. Dry leaf has some smokiness and pungency, with some medicinal herbs aroma. Wet leaf smells...

2004 Fu Yuan Chang (Fook Yuan Chang)

22 March 2017, 5.5g/100ml gaiwan [5.3] Thank you to Mike Pong for this generous sample. Odourless when dry, but when damp gives a high vinegary and strong note. The wash...

2003 Red Dayi 7542-301

18 March, 2017 5.5g/100ml gaiwan [5.1] Many thanks to Mike for this generous sample!  The dry leaf is very mild, without a strong aroma. Dampened, it has a slight fruity...

2003 CNNP Yellow Label

March 11, 2017 5.5g/100ml gaiwan, filtered tap water [8.0] Dry: Sweet spice, clean, no geosmin or funk. Damp: Gentle sweet grains and floral perfume Wet: Sweet but not pungent honey,...

2005 Dayi 7542-502

502-7542 from 志全許/ March 9, 2017 / 6.0 3.3g/60ml Yixing pot, filtered tap water. Dry: clean, oily strength, sweet spice Damp: some perfumy herbal funk Wash: Slight funk, quite compressed,...

2000 Manzhuan via KR

29 Jan 2017, 4.5g/85ml shibo [6.6] Thanks to Wooju for this sample. Dry and damp leaf has some funky fruity fermentation aroma, slight geosmin but very light.  Wet leaf is...

2007 XZH Diangu

28 Jan 2017 4.9g/Novak Shibo [7.3] Fluffy copper large leaves, sweet aged aroma. Wet leaf is fruity, stewed grapes.  Wash is sweet, herbal with good aroma and some smoke. Slightly...

2013 CYH Yiwu Gushu

18 Jan 2017, 4.7g/85ml Yixing [8.2] Very grateful for this sample from Su.  High sweet vinegar pungency on the dry leaf. Wash is initially sweet with a fresh floral scent....

Tetsubin by Masamitsu Kikuchi

I bought this from Horaido in Kyoto. The tetsubin is by Masamitsu Kikuchi, Yamagata prefecture, and the model is “Mozuya”.  It is designed to be reminiscent of the large Kama /...