Same deal as before. If you don’t know the drill, read this. For those who’ve been involved in past buys, be aware that I’m asking for shipping upfront now so I don’t have to chase people up for it. The buy is most-likely full already, but if you want to be placed on the “just … Continue reading GB5 (Bajiaoting Liming Bulangshan Qiaomu) Buy is live!
As hypocritical as it is (given my habit of hanging shit on the whole tea-as-drugs thing), getting to know the 2004 Yangqinghao Tejipin really piqued my interest in regions with reputations for intense qi – among these would be Naka, by all accounts. I’ve also been toying with the idea of stepping far outside the … Continue reading [LFGoosh] 2007 Yaba Naka Gushu Review
A topic that surfaces regularly when I discuss tea with friends is the way we are forced to construct a shared vocabulary, and the difficulties that brings. Appreciation of tea is already an exceptionally-subjective activity – mixing in the experiential isolation and vast variation in breadth of experience that often exists between pu-aficionados in the West only … Continue reading The Semantics of Sheng – Age and Maturity
Same deal as before. If you don’t know the drill, read this. Wow. Four hours and we have enough people to run a buy… I’ll continue accepting expressions of interest in case anybody ghosts or we get enough people to fill a second pool. Here’s the form to determine budget, timing and level of interest. … Continue reading Taobao Lottery Round 4 is open for EoI
Be patient therefore, teafriends, until the coming of the patina. See how the steeper waits for the precious fruit of the leaf, being patient about it, until her pot receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the patina is at hand. Patience is a … Continue reading The Gospel of James
Look hard enough at any scene where experts and amateurs congregate around a subjective experience, and you’ll find a conflict simmering beneath the surface between new(bies) and old(-timers), articulable facts and the knowledge and awareness that comes only with extensive experience and exposure. This is something that relatively-green community members like myself have to be … Continue reading A Disturbance in the Force
This and another post on plantation teas will be my last Ulumochi translations for a while. Original article here. It has been a pleasure discussing tea with him briefly, he has contributed much to the pu’er community in Taiwan, and is someone I believe Western audiences may benefit from as well. In Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, … Continue reading Sip Straight To The Soul: The 5 Characteristics of High-Quality Big Tree Tea – Translated Article