90s 7581 Kunming Brick

The Kunming 7581 Shou brick is one of the best-known and most well-loved reference products in all of puerh tea. The standard version of the brick made from the 70s...

70s Shou Brick

Thanks to Wooju for connecting me to this blast from the past. Recently I’ve been exploring different styles of warehoused and piled teas, including Hong kong traditional storage, shou, and...

2003 Yiwu Zhengshan 500g brick

During my trip to Taiwan last month, one of my favourite tea shop experiences was at the 二壺軒 store on Yongkang St. The shopkeeper here will likely not have much time...

2004 Nanqiao Wang Bulang

This is a Taiwan stored example of the 2004 Nanqiao wang, a cake from the (I believe) initial year of production at the Nanqiao factory in Menghai. The material is...

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...

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 provide a small but solid collection of teas at...