2005 Chenyuan Hao Shanzhong Chuanqi

Thank you to Pedro for this tea, which has turned out to be one of my favourite teas from Chenyuan Hao. From the image below, you can see the tea...

Teaside cross-section tasting

  Thank you to Valeri for a nice cross-section sample of his offerings at tea-side.com.  Below I’ll review two 2006 Hongtaichang  teas, a 2004 Hongtaichang, a 1993 Thai loose, a...

2001 Yiwu One Leaf

Thank you very much to Johan for this sample of the second batch (400g) of the 2001 Yiwu Zhengshan, a special production of the Menghai Tea Factory commissioned by Ye...

2011 Gold Dayi in 2018

The famous 2011 Gold Dayi has tripled in price in the last two years. Good luck finding it at less than 400$ today. I’ve tried two versions, a Korean stored...

2015 Zheng Si Long Walong

Thanks to Matt’s investigation of the Zheng Si Long offerings by Teaencounter, and after meeting Mr. Zheng through the charming documentary by Jinghong Zhang, I decided to try the ZSL 2015...

2019 Toronto Tea Festival puerh competition

The Toronto Tea Festival is an increasingly popular yearly 3-day event held at the beautiful Toronto Reference Library.  This year they decided to make their  competition tastings blind, which is...

Baohongyinji 2012 Nannuo Butterfly

Thanks to Stefano for the opportunity to taste this tea.  4.9g/85ml Yixing.  The dry leaf is twiggy and slightly foresty but no geosmin. The tea immediately reminds me of white...

2005 Xiaguan 8653 FT Iron vs Non-Iron

A retaste of two samples of 2005 Xiaguan FT 8653: a cake with iron compression on the Right and one with normal compression on the Left. I got these samples...