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2013 Yi Ho Yeong Semi Wild Hwagae Valley Balhyocha

This tea is from a special order that took place a few months back. It was orchestrated by Arthur Park of Morning Crane Tea blog. The tea is from a rather famous tea producer, Yi Ho Yeong, who was made famous in the west by being featured in Hong Kyeong Hee and Brother Anthony’s book The Korean Way of Tea. Show More Summary

Aged Korean Tea: Comparing Shamanic 2011 & 2013 O Juk Hun Hwagae Valley Balhyocha

Pedro of O5tea kindly gifted a 2013 and a 2011 sample of O Juk Hun's balhyocha from a personal stash from his travels in Korea last year. Since “O Juk Hun" is not a common name in Korean tea circles so one pressed Pedro on a background story. Show More Summary

2013 Kim Jong Yeol (Butea) Balhyocha "Saebyok" (Sunrise) Hwagae Valley Balhyocha

What is "Sunset" without "Sunrise"?This is another seasonal favorite from producer Kim Jong Yeol through Pedro's O5tea of Vancouver. These dry leaves smell of sweet creamy, subtly sweet, and even slightly musty milk chocolate. The first infusion is light, sweet, has a slight fruity/vegital suggestion which turns into slight notes of coco. Show More Summary

2013 Kim Jung Yeol (Butea) "Noeul" (Sunset) Hwagae Valley Balhyocha

The Saskatchewan winter this year has been the coldest in decades even yesterday it was snowing. To help the body harmonize to this unnatural cold one has been consuming tons of balhyocha, Korean yellow tea (Hwang cha). Over then next...Show More Summary 2013 Naka

This is the last of Peter's 2013 samples- a sample from Naka. It looks like this nice cake has since sold out- too bad its a good one. The dry leaves smell of light floral, fragrant fruity notes sneaks into the nose. The first infusion is of a light watery taste with notes of honey in the aftertaste. Show More Summary 2013 Bada

This sample courtesy of Peter at is from the Bada region. Dry leaves smell of deep foresty-pungent notes and slight hay-grass smells. There is also an light undercurrent of light-sweet-creamy-indistinct fruit sweet notes. The...Show More Summary 2013 Manzhuan

This 2013 Manzhuan is the fourth kindly gifted sample from Peter... Dry leaves smell of slight pungent notes with slight raspberry fruit and hay nuances. There is a undercurrent of slightly sweet, softly creamy berries. The first infusion starts with a slightly sweet and creamy initial taste. Show More Summary 2013 Hekai

Dry fatish leaves smell of subtle juicy notes mixed with soft faint creamy sweet hay odors. The first infusion starts with a light-watery initial taste there are faint notes of spice and hay. The taste then ends in a clear dry wood-coco taste. Show More Summary 2013 Mansa

This is the second kindly gifted sample from's 2013 production is from Mansa... Dry leaves smell of mainly high noted sweet cherry and subtle woody-bark and hay odors. The first infusion brings forth very pure sweet, cherry tastes with hints of spice and persimmon-apple. Show More Summary 2013 Youle

Petr from sent some samples of his 2013 cakes in late Summer. Was waiting for some space in life where these samples could get some nice attention and a time when one's body was craving the edgey energy of raw puerh. In the extraordinary cold that is the Canadian prairies these cravings are few and far between. Show More Summary

Tea for Canadian Winters and a Tasting of 2013 Makaibari FTGFOP 1S CH - Organic Second Flush Darjeeling?

It is cold here on the prairies and little is more satisfying than a good hardy 2nd Flush Darjeeling to start the day. The touch of aged oolong and many decades aged puerh is also a real treat for this time of year. One pounded through a self-re-roasted 15ish years oolong over the last few months. Show More Summary

Yunnan Sourcing Tasting Event Beta (2013 Yunnan Sourcing Yinxiang)

This is another tasting from the Yunnan Sourcing/ Half-Dipper Tasting Event that was held so so long ago...The dry leaves are a mix of whites, browns, greens, light and dark. They emit an odour of creamy, rich, sweet fruity notes with a fluffy penetrating odour. Show More Summary

Yunnan Sourcing Tasting Event Nu (2013 Yunnan Sourcing )

One revisits this sample now after about a month. This is another late entery from the Yunnan Sourcing Half-Dipper Tasting Event... The larger darker coloured dry leaves smell of mild distant foresty pungent notes. The first infusion pours a brown yellow and tastes of thick, muddled forest mushroomy notes. Show More Summary

Yunnan Sourcing Tasting Event Mu (2013 Yunnan Sourcing Nan Po Zhai)

This is another blind tasting in the long over Half Dipper/ Yunnan Sourcing Tasting Event.The large dry leaves smell of very sour-sweet smelling florals there is a citrus like grapefruit odour in them as well. A very light pungent odour lingers underneath.First infusion has light bitter-sour slight grainy tastes. Show More Summary

Yunnan Sourcing Tasting Event Lambda (2013 Yunnan Sourcing Feng Chun)

This is a continuation of a blind tasting of an event hosted by Hobbes of The Half-Dipper...The dry leaves sour, sweet, creamy, slightly pungent odours. An interesting sweet mix of odours with a definite sweet undertone and lots going on. Show More Summary

Yunnan Sourcing Event: Iota (2013 Yunnan Sourcing Mang Fei)

This is a rather late, but still very blind, tasting of Yunnan Sourcing"Iota". Dry leaves smell of a raw, heavy sweet, perfumy-mushroom odour which displays lots of depth. First has a robust, distinctly nutty peanut butter taste. It tastes almost like peanut brittle, an interesting taste. Show More Summary

2013 ZeDa Wild Jiri Moutain Korean Yellow Tea

This tea from Good Green Tea has been an Autumn staple over the last few years. To read more about the traditional and all natural process that this tea goes through please see these posts here and here. On this fall day the water boils...The...Show More Summary

Teafarm: Canadian Tea Garden, Sochi Russian Tea Plants

Before leaving Vancouver Island there had to be a visit to Canada's only tea garden, Teafarm. This tea farm is one of the Northern most in the world and one of the first in Canada (wonder what ever happened to this one?). Located in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley it is at the center of the Cittaslow movement in Canada. Show More Summary

The Most Famous Tea House in Canada Right Now

On August 17 there was an opening of an extraordinary Chinese tea house in Toronto. It is most definitely not your normal everyday tea house. Some call it a puerh tea house. It quite literally is! It's the world's most influential contemporary...Show More Summary

Yunnan Sourcing Event: Theta (2012 Yunnan Sourcing Xiang Ming)

For the month of July one fell off the tea blogging world and into the world of moving a life to a different region of the country. During this time no tea blogs were read. This happens to work out quite nicely because the blind tea tastings called "the Yunnan Sourcing Event" put on by Hobbes of The Half-Dipper was not spoiled. Show More Summary

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