2007 Chenyuan Hao Lao Ban Zhang

5g/85ml Hongni Yixing, Toronto filtered tap. 2020 Tabla solo by Pt. Swapan Ji. Strong compression and on the drier side. Lots of buds. Slight smoke on the empty cup after...

2016 W2T Last Thoughts

5g/85ml gaiwan, Toronto filtered tap. This was kept in a sample bag and put into heated storage at 32C *with* added humidity at 72% Boveda, and it developed quite a...

2021 W2T Hotline Space Coyote

5.3g/85ml gaiwan, Cedar Springs Water. Loose compression, large leaves, some vinegary sweet vine aroma on the dry leaf. There is a bit of a rubber note that jumps out in...

2007 Wistaria Lanyin

5g/85ml Hongni Yixing, Toronto filtered tap. Warmed leaf has a fruity fermentation aroma. High viscosity, light orange colour. Initial steep at <10s is thick, strong, good presence, not brassy, no...

Her Scents of Pu Er: film review

Thanks to the Hotdocs film festival currently under way in Toronto, I just saw the world premiere of the 2021 short film “Her Scents of Pu Er”. Directed, produced and...

2003 Chenyuan Hao Yiwu

5.8g/90ml Yixing, Toronto filtered Tap. Tryptych, Eliane Radigue (1978) Faint fruity fermentation aroma on damp leaf. Wash has a touch of smokiness to it. Wet leaf has an attractive woody...

2005 Chenyuan Hao Shanzong Chuanqi

5.6g/95ml Yixing pot, Toronto filtered tap. Light orange brew, clear liquor, still firmly semi-aged. Tippy characteristics up front, refreshing and with a slight sharpness. Remarkably viscous and thick. Superb empty...

03 CYH Youle / 05 CYH Shanzong Chuanqi

3.5g/60ml identical gaiwans, Toronto filtered tap. 2003 CYH Youle vs 2005 CYH SZCQ. Medium grind for testing. Dry leaf is dark/black for the Youle and dark brown for the SZCQ....

CYH 2003 Yiwu / 2003 Manzhuan

3.5g/60ml gaiwan, Toronto filtered tap. Slightly clearer liquor on the Yiwu. Also a bit darker in appearance. Yiwu has dark leathery profile, sweet, oily. The taste is much more forward...