2017 Theasophie Lao Banzhang

4g/60ml gaiwan, Toronto carbon-filtered tap Perfumes I, from Pale Bloom, Sarah Davachi When I first bought this in 2017, it was very green and roasty (not smoky), and initially tasted...

2019 vs 2020 Biyunhao Yiwu Shengtai

Biyunhao’s Yiwu shengtai cake is from certain 30-50 year old plantations on Yiwu mountain which have, over the past decade or so, been allowed to grow taller, to around 3...

2012 Biyunhao Mahei

A more challenging tea, in terms of subtlety, strength, deep bitterness, aroma, and energy. Video has improved sound, still finding the right format.

2001 Naked Yiwu

I wanted to experiment with a new way of recording tastings. It’s a work in progress, the sound isn’t great, but hopefully it will improve once I get better equipment....

1990s Guangdong bing 廣東餅 (圓票)

When I read this remarkable post by Matt of Mattcha’s blog I did not expect to ever taste his incredible find of a stack of decades-old Cantonese puerh in a...

Puerh Storage Anxiety

It is one of the ironies of the modern consumption of puerh tea, prized for its relaxing and euphoric effects, that lovers of the tea seem to be quite an...

2020 blind tasting: Mattcha’s reveal

While I’m uncomfortable with his generous and over-the-top praise, I can finally stop biting my nails in anticipation: Matt has finally revealed the teas in his blind sample set! He...

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