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1950s SunYiShun Liu'an
First of all, I'd like to thank Varat Phong for sending me this generous gift. He's a fellow tea blogger based in Thailand, and I'd strongly recommend for anyone who has an interest in aged teas to check out his blog , as he is incredibly experienced and kn...

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Checking in
Hey, Has it really been almost 6 months since I've posted to this blog? Sorry about the neglect everyone. I'm not 100% sure if I'll be regularly posting to this blog again, but I still wanted to check in. Yes, I'm doing alright, there's just been a lot goin...

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1960s Hei Long Zhu (Bug Shit Tea)
"Eat shit!" This is a statement that has been directed towards me countless times. Before this tea passed my lips, all I could reply with is more vulgarities. Now I can tell them "I've drank shit, and it was okay." That's right, I drank bug shit and hot wat...

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15162
The point of using recipes to blend pu'erh is to create a product that is similar throughout different production runs, right? This is usually the case, as recipes like 7542 and 8582 are celebrated for their reliability throughout the years. However, CNNP's...

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2006 751 "Two Elephants" cake
Since we just discussed the negatives  of buying tea via Taobao, why don't we talk about something nicer? How about the positives of buying tea via Taobao? Since no tea order from Taobao is complete without a few random pu'erh cakes I chose two cakes from a...

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Gambling on Taobao 1: Disaster Strikes
As some of you may know, I recently placed an order to Taobao - uncharted land. Anything goes on Taobao - from great bargains to great disaster. My first Taobao adventure led to both ends of the spectrum. Today I'll be writing about the disaster end of the ...

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Teamasters
A few months ago, Stéphane from Teamasters sent me a few samples to try and review. I just got around to reviewing them. They're all slightly darker oolongs (one is a bit aged). The notes on these teas will be pretty brief - I can't talk about high mountain...

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Bianjingcha
I will be referring to all tea in this post as pu'erh, although it's not technically pu'erh (see my comments on reddit for info) Bianjingcha - pu'erh produced in Northern Vietnam on the Yunnan-Vietnam border. Bianjingcha is also known as Border Tea. Bianjin...

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Grey Areas
Tea is full of grey areas. Every rule has its exception, and tea is full of these exceptions. Today we'll be exploring two teas that are sort of exceptions to the "rules of tea" - a Laotian pu'erh and an aged black tea. First up - Laos Ban Payasi - from Cha...

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Grey Areas
Tea is full of grey areas. Every rule has its exception, and tea is full of these exceptions. Today we'll be exploring two teas that are sort of exceptions to the "rules of tea" - a Laotian pu'erh and an aged black tea. First up - Laos Ban Payasi - from Cha...
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