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by John_B
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:37 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 56
Views: 3792

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

On this somewhat tired subject of how good or bad Mei Leaf's teas are, I tried about a half dozen versions some years back, from not long after the brand shift from China Life to Mei Leaf, and some before that. It's possible his teas are much different since then, and much better. But then they were...
by John_B
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Yongde wild old-tree sheng from Moychay
Replies: 0
Views: 428

Yongde wild old-tree sheng from Moychay

It's more that middle part that's interesting, and perhaps worth discussing, about a more "wild" plant type input. I've tried plenty of teas presented as such and they seem to vary quite a bit. In general a set of atypical aspects keeps coming up: sourness, or in this tea's case a bit of tartness, a...
by John_B
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Between Two Teapots podcast
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Between Two Teapots podcast

Personally, i never use the term "grandpa tea" since i've never had a chinese grandpa (nor have i witnessed one sipping tea that way) so it's hard to relate to it - my grandpa would steep a teabag in an old mug that he never washed, actually, maybe not that much different style in the end, but cert...
by John_B
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Between Two Teapots podcast
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Between Two Teapots podcast

Reddit's r/tea subforum is a really strange case, because the scope of interest there is a lot broader than it tends to be here, or in Facebook groups. The average post is about showing off a tea-bag tea collection, with a significant sub-theme relating to people brand new to tea asking what it's al...
by John_B
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Between Two Teapots podcast
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Between Two Teapots podcast

A tea friend had watched about two thirds of it (later, recorded) and said that although it was interesting none of it was new to him. It's possible that if someone had read a lot of his posts, or was just really familiar with a very broad background, especially related to sheng, that it could all a...
by John_B
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Between Two Teapots podcast
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Between Two Teapots podcast

A particularly interesting recent podcast interview is worth checking out, "Between Two Teapots," hosted by the Crimson Lotus pu'er vendor Glen. The most recent guest was Lawrence Zhang / Marshal N, author of the classic blog Tea Addict's Journal. More than any other old blog--still active, just les...
by John_B
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:07 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Moychay.NL
Replies: 8
Views: 681

Re: Moychay.NL

Always cool being mentioned, thanks! I have liked a lot of the shu I've tried from Moychay. A recent Russian experimental version was a little unusual but nice (I mean the leaves were Russian, not just that vendor). This reminded me of seeing their listings including a lot of interesting looking loo...
by John_B
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: 1950 era occupied Japan aged green tea
Replies: 10
Views: 613

1950 era occupied Japan aged green tea

Someone posted in a Facebook group about finding a number of packs of Japanese green tea from occupied Japan, so presumably produced around the 1950 time-frame, or maybe a few years earlier. It's interesting just to consider what 70+ year old green tea would be like. There's not a lot more detail he...
by John_B
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Telegram Group Chat
Replies: 12
Views: 1184

Re: Telegram Group Chat

Interesting subject, and one I'm finishing a blog post on. As for typical online discussion, making contacts, and messaging this forum or Facebook groups or wherever else all seem about the same. It's more about "local culture" than functionality, it seems to me. Maybe it should be a separate post, ...
by John_B
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 56
Views: 3792

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

That's a really interesting idea, running numbers on pricing trends and projected consumption and then buying 200 kg of tea (or more; however much it was). Isn't there a concern about taste (personal preference) shifting over time, and expectation about storage results changing? I don't think that w...
by John_B
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: any information on aged/compressed black tea?
Replies: 18
Views: 1586

Re: any information on aged/compressed black tea?

It seemed unlikely that vendor I tried the first version from would have something similar restocked, but in checking they do: https://www.teasenz.com/sun-dried-black-tea-cake-shai-hong Their offerings seem to be a bit hit and miss to me, generally pretty good, but really spanning a range. I suspect...
by John_B
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: any information on aged/compressed black tea?
Replies: 18
Views: 1586

Re: any information on aged/compressed black tea?

I have that same Drunk on Red cake. To me it's ok but a bit more tart than I prefer black teas to be. Maybe it's aging well, gaining depth and warming in tone, with some of that dropping out, since I've had it for awhile. Moychay sold a small cake version that was quite similar in style. They're sol...
by John_B
Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 144
Views: 40911

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

Maybe putting a few plants in there would bump the humidity.
by John_B
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 110
Views: 18087

Re: Mei leaf

There's a lot of angst here... Can I suggest that y'all get in touch with some western facing vendors from the east? Like, a Hong Kong vendor for HKG tea... That kind of works, but it's not as if being located in "the West" means a source isn't good, or the opposite would hold in those other locati...
by John_B
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 110
Views: 18087

Re: Mei leaf

Yunnan Sourcing's US site offers free shipping for all orders over $100: https://yunnansourcing.us/pages/welcome-to-the-yunnan-sourcing-terms-of-shipping-refunds-returns-and-allergens Farmerleaf offers free shipping for all orders over $30: https://www.farmer-leaf.com/ Hatvala offers free shipping o...