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...

Naked Yiwu 001

Thanks to Wooju and Pedro for curating this tea for Teas We Like, a project I am co-organizing which hopes to curate a small but solid collection of teas at...

2014 Teaside Fox

A second tea produced in Thailand by Tea-side. The wet leaf is very rich, pungent, no geosmin, no funkiness. Tomato vine. Oily, sweet, shows youth through its strength rather than...

2013 Teaside Unicorn

Sweet and pungent dry leaf, with no off notes, no storage notes, very good and very clean.  5g/100ml gaiwan.  Very good wet leaf smell, very clean, reminds me of a...

2002 Yiwu Shunshixing

A relatively inexpensive cake from a smaller factory: this 2002 Yiwu Shunshixing cake is probably a different batch from the one reviewed here, but I thought it would be an...

2017 Maewoldang Hongcha

On my recent trip to Jeonju, South Korea, I was fortunate to visit Maewoldang tea on a rainy day in the countryside.  This meant that Mr Oh Dong-Seop (@sin.mog) and his...

2010 Yibang KR

A sample of a 2010 Yibang from a highly regarded Korean producer, will shortly be available from TShop.  This is a summary of three separate tastings, Nov 27, Dec 8,...

2004 Fu Yuan Chang (Fook Yuan Chang)

22 March 2017, 5.5g/100ml gaiwan [5.3] Thank you to Mike Pong for this generous sample. Odourless when dry, but when damp gives a high vinegary and strong note. The wash...

2000 Manzhuan via KR

29 Jan 2017, 4.5g/85ml shibo [6.6] Thanks to Wooju for this sample. Dry and damp leaf has some funky fruity fermentation aroma, slight geosmin but very light.  Wet leaf is...