Recently, Alex and I orchestrated a small group buy among a few friends to get our hands on some teas hoping to find some promising “winners.” One of these happened to be a ’03-’04 Brown Chantai that I picked up from a gentleman I very frequently purchase pu’er from in Taiwan. While I have had … Continue reading A Brown Mystery: Stamps and Skidmarks
Today I decided to step several inches out of my comfor […]
生普生南國，春來發幾枝？願君多啜飲，此物最香醇。 Continue reading 《香醇》老白
If you don’t know the drill, read this. From what I’ve gathered around the traps, there’s a healthy amount of interest in aged white tea these days. Unfortunately, I know nothing about white teas. More-fortunately, a buddy of mine (Adrian, for those who know him) is bigly into them, has been Taobaoing baicha for a … Continue reading GB6/7 : Pretty Little Lüers/Aged White Teas [Closed]
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