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...

2008 Tao Tea Leaf Lao Banzhang

Tao Wu is the proprietor of my local Toronto tea shop, Tao Tea Leaf.  He is very active in tea education in the area: he is the main organizer of the...

2006 Tian Jian Wild

5g/80ml unglazed pot, sample from Wilson (2006 Tian Jian Wild), [5.9] The dry leaf has a really intense aroma of furniture/camphor/wood oils/dried figs/aged whisky/smoky sausage. No wet or fungal smell...