1999 Xiaguan Iron cake

16 Dec, 2016. I’m very grateful for this sample from Stefano. 5.5g/100ml gaiwan [4.8] The sample consisted of several fairly thin chunks of highly compressed cake, brown with lighter and...

2009 Dayi 7542

7542-903 from Wilson, 4.7g/85ml Novák pot Annoying small broken dry leaf, like 0622.  Dry aroma is sweet oily strength, no off aroma. Wet: strength, pungent, medicinal Wash is thick, slight...

2004 YQH Zhencang Chawang USA stored

Left hand side is the 400g taiwan stored, right hand side is 500g USA stored. Consecutive tastings of 400g cake stored in Taiwan till 2016 and a USA stored 500g...

2007 CYH Yiwu Ziwang

26 Nov 2016, 3.5g/60ml gaiwan [8.7] First taste from new cake. Medium-high compression. Strong and clear tobacco note on dry leaf, very pungent tobacco notes which sustain into the damp...

2013 Zhenren Yufeng 2013

23 Nov 2016, 3.5g/65ml gaiwan. [7,9] A remarkable experience with this new cake from Wistaria: the 2013 Zhenren Yufeng. The cake is beautiful, with large unbroken leaves, loose pliable compression,...

2008 Tao Tea Leaf Lao Banzhang

Tao Wu is the proprietor of my local Toronto tea shop, Tao Tea Leaf.  He is very active in tea education in the area: he is the main organizer of the...

2012 YQH 666 Teigung

31 Oct, 2016, 4.7g/85ml Novak pot This was a single-session sample from EG. Damp leaf: Very sharp pungent tomatoey fumes. Very pure — no storage. Wet leaf: Deep perfume, rich...

2005 Dayi 8582 502

Oct 20 and 24, 2016, 3.9g in 70ml Novak Shibo. [7.5] First two sessions with new cake bought on auction.   The dry leaf is slightly smoky, sweet, a bit...

2009 DTH Yiwu

Oct 10, 2016 3.5g/64ml gaiwan [7.4] Much better session this time round. As before, larger unbroken leaves, looser compression than 2008, more whole leaves. Dry: pleasant sweet herbal Damp: Standard,...