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 /...

2003 Purple Dayi 7542

13 Jan 2017 4.4g/Novak Shibo A radically different tea from any I’ve yet had. An amazing outlier. Thank you A.H. for the sample. Delicate crispy flaky large material in loose compression....

1992 CNNP 8582

31 Dec 2016, 5g/100ml gaiwan -> 90 ml Yixing after 5 steeps Thanks to @steanze and @pwcosmos for the opportunity to try this remarkable tea. I prepared for this tasting by...

2003 CNNP 8582

29 Dec 2016 4.4g/80ml Novak Shibo [6.0] From a cake with a odd-looking CNNP wrapper– it could be a fake Zhongcha. Dry: Sweet aromatic slight smoke, quite pungent resin Wash:...

1994 CNNP 8582

30 Dec 2016 4.7g/90ml gaiwan, sample from KJW The dry leaves have no discernible aroma, as far as I can tell. Wet: there is a telltale storage aroma, wet storage,...

2006 YQH Qixiang

2006 Yangqinghao Qixiang Gushu Chawang 3.9g/70ml Novak shibo [7.6] The dry leaf has the typical sweet minty/camphor YQH house aroma, the damp leaf has some fatty soap, and the wet...

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...