El Paraiso Geisha Zeo

14g/240ml single pour at 96-98C, Dan Eils recipe water, Behmor home roast (see graphic below) This coffee was so impressive and unique that I had to review it here. Sweet...

Blind sample tasting

5.5g/85ml Toronto filtered tap. Blind sample from Paul Z. Dry leaf smells slightly smoky and sweet; made from small tippy leaves. Initial steep shows a touch of char, and plenty...

2005 BYH Yiwu

5.8g/90ml Toronto Filtered Tap. Another cake from BYH, this time the 2005 Yiwu, with almost 20 years of storage in Taizhong. Beautiful dried fruit aroma on dry leaf. Interesting camphorous...

2004 DTH Yiwu

5.8g/90ml Toronto filtered tap. Damp leaves are sweet-smelling, woody incense. Initial steeps have some slight smoke, and a tiny bit of char. Main steeps are thick, bittersweet, warming along the...

2004 BYH Yiwu

This cake was stored in Taiwan until 2023. The dry cake has a beautiful pungent resinous perfume. Sweet, dried fruit, deep breathing. Leather, opens the throat. Resinous and juicy, with...

2005 vs 2006 Biyun Hao Manzhuan

Very nice looking dry leaf in both cases, though there is a slightly higher proportion of young leaves on the 2006. The 2006 has stronger pungent aroma, but both are...

2012 DTH Yiwu, and the art of tonging

6 grams/85ml with Florentine filtered tap Oily liquor, with a very faint hint of char/smoke and a noticeable bitter medicinal core underneath a quite mild sweet overall traditional tea taste....

2016 EOT Huangshan and Manlin

I have stored the 2016 Essence of Tea Puerh club teas in 32C mylar storage for the past 7 years, and they have certainly evolved… Several of the teas, like...

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