Mattcha Yearly Blind Tasting

I like to keep traditions going, and one that has been forming quietly is my yearly sample exchange with Mattcha. This term has been extremely busy for me and so...

2015 vs 2016 DTH Yiwu Gushu

3.8g/60ml gaiwans, Toronto filtered tap. In preparation for the DTH pre-order I was asked to compare the two youngest (and therefore cheapest) DTH Yiwu Gushu teas, as these are still...

Dayi 7542-1203, 5 year storage comparison

Two cakes of Dayi’s 7542 from 2012, third batch, one stored for five years at 32C and another stored at room temperature (23C approximately). Toronto filtered tap water in two...

2005 Dayi 8542

5.3g/85ml gaiwan, Toronto filtered tap This is a cake I bought a little more than 5 years ago. It was very harsh, still somewhat smoky, bitter, and with a pronounced...

2007 Yexiangwang Naka (W2T)

5g/85ml gaiwan, Toronto filtered tap. Medium-strong compression, small leaves blend. Yellow wash, looks quite dry stored. Slight vinegary aroma on wet leaf Sweet semi-aged profile. Clean taste. Medium thick liquor....

2004 Yao’an Fuyuanchang

Malaysian natural dry storage 5.5g/85ml gaiwan, Toronto filtered tap Wonderful sweet woody incense aroma on warmed dry leaf. Clear liquor, dark orange, concentrated. Concentrated flavour, woody incense, bittersweet, lots of...

Traditionally stored shou brick (C)

5.5g/90ml gaiwan, toronto filtered tap. Flaky, dry material, clearly has significant age and with some white frost indicating wet storage. Wash is surprisingly clean and clear. No geosmin aroma. Wet...

2003 Millenial Jingmai

5.5g/85ml gaiwan. Toronto filtered tap. Heavy geosmin storage aroma on warmed dry leaf. This has enjoyed Malaysian natural storage, but definitely on the wetter end. Clear dark orange liquor. Dark...

Water trials: “Untitled” from Arby

Buried deep in the niche that is the English language Puerh scene is the positively subterranean scene of constructed water. The first time I encountered this was with Lew Perin’s...

2019 Biyun Hao Yiwu Shengtai

5.5g/85ml gaiwan, Toronto filtered tap. Light initial steep, it takes a few steeps to get going. Very active, plenty of high floral notes, herbal notes, and darker savoury notes. Clearly...