Apr 30, 2008

12 Gentlemen & 100 Year old pu

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently hanging out at the tea shop owned by the 12 Gentlemen, a group of puerh aficionados here in Kunming. The name itself is a reference to the 12 accoutrements deemed necessary for preparing tea in the Song dynasty. Of all the producers I’ve come across, these guys […]
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Apr 25, 2008

Visit to a tea factory

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting a tea factory. A friend was pressing a few bings of taidicha (plantation tea). Content to wait for a week or two until some quality 2008 Spring Gu Shu Maocha arrives, I accompanied her just for fun. The owner’s wife, being an ex-teacher, spoke great English and was […]
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Apr 21, 2008

Kunming 3rd International Puerh expo

Despite high hopes for this event, I have to say I was a little disappointed my day out at the tea expo. Filled with people, all handing out their business card, sussing out how how many cases you might like to buy from their factory whilst brewing their low quality teas that they brought for […]
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