… though I can’t find said promise; maybe I felt guilty and retconned it out of existence. I’d like to say I’ve been busy working on pumidor stuff, but the truth is more like “I’ve been busy with school and started giving a shit about working on my pumidor again about two months ago”. This … Continue reading That One Pumidor Post I Promised Over A Year Ago…
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
Short answer: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and hopefully not a whole lot else. Water gets discussed in the tea scene often enough, but I suspect that most people worry about it a lot when they’re brand-new, and proceed to forget about it shortly after. If you’re lucky, you’re like Sean and have glacial run-off on … Continue reading What’s in a water?
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
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
Not long ago, Sean sent me a pot – a twin to my own 65ml zini shuiping – which was lending an unpleasant taste to some of his teas and clogging on a hair-trigger. While I haven’t touched the first issue yet (which I suspect might just be a lack of seasoning), it did provide … Continue reading The Finer Points of Yixing Butchery
Information on what these buys are can be found here. Read it thoroughly before proceeding. The expression-of-interest survey is here. The final cost-per-share, timing, and candidate selection reflects the responses I receive. If you participated in the previous round and know you aren’t interested in this one, drop me a message. THIS SURVEY IS STILL ACTIVE AND WILL … Continue reading Taobao Lottery Round 2 (UPDATED)