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    Sticky: 2013 Xizihao Chawang, which is specifically...

    2013 Xizihao Chawang, which is specifically labeled as Bohetang.

    Short form: Yes, if you have the money, you should buy it. It's a lot of money, though.

    In the early going, this tea was...
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    Sticky: A few days ago, did the last full grammage...

    A few days ago, did the last full grammage session of the 2010 EoT Bangwei cake I bought back in the summer of 2010. I enjoyed it, as this particular pile of leaves didn't have too much wrong with...
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    Sticky: Had the 2005 Naka, finishing off the sample. A...

    Had the 2005 Naka, finishing off the sample. A bit more gram/ml. It's about the same, except that the menghai floral is stronger and more distinct. It was also smoother, and there was no tartness....
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    Sticky: Finished off the CYH '01 Yiwu from Malaysia. The...

    Finished off the CYH '01 Yiwu from Malaysia. The difference between this and the taiwanese stored tea is considerable, in that the Malay version is much fuller in taste--the puerh woody core, easily...
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    Sticky: I brewed the 80's Traditional another six more...

    I brewed the 80's Traditional another six more times, and I enjoyed it much more today, stripped of the original humidity, and reminding me of why I really liked this sort of tea. There were actual...
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    Sticky: 80's Traditional Characters. It's clean, but...

    80's Traditional Characters. It's clean, but it's very humid, roughly at the level of the '98 Apple Green Mark tuo from TeaClassico. Very dried out and has no funk. Early brews are very thick and...
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    Sticky: Had something that was labeled 2007 ChenYuanHao...

    Had something that was labeled 2007 ChenYuanHao GFZ, but this is likely the 2001 ChenYuanHao (and probably not GFZ) I see this tea on Hobbes to be posted list, so he might want to double check that...
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    Sticky: Before football, I had the 54-46 Was My Number. ...

    Before football, I had the 54-46 Was My Number. This isn't best of the best, top of the top stuff (that I've ever had access to...), but it is quite excellent, well on the level of the Mengdai...
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    Sticky: Today I had the 2005 Naka from white2tea. I was...

    Today I had the 2005 Naka from white2tea. I was a little excited to try the tea because I always wanted to know a bit more about Naka, even though I've had two younger teas supposedly from there. ...
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    Sticky: Had some '06 XZH Youle today. Better session...

    Had some '06 XZH Youle today. Better session than the last time. Strongly reminiscent of banzhang, with little of Yiwu character, other than perhaps a sort of milk character that would be...
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    Sticky: But isn't the wood part of the point of aging??? ...

    But isn't the wood part of the point of aging??? ?;~)

    '05 MingYuanHao Yieh Sheng here, almost finished with the second of three cakes bought in '11. An excellent session with a most excellent...
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    Sticky: I found a leftover 2g of the '05 CGHT Banzhang...

    I found a leftover 2g of the '05 CGHT Banzhang Chawang. Whoopee! So I blended that with six grams of '06 2nd SE Memorial. It definitely made for a good session, and that wonderful feeling in the...
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    Sticky: People used traditional storage for factory teas,...

    People used traditional storage for factory teas, and factory teas tended to need it. Most Yiwu that was specifically traditionally stored is going to be from the '90s or very early 2k--before 2003,...
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    Sticky: Well, there are some out there, like:...

    Well, there are some out there, like: http://teaurchin.com/shu-shi-yiwu-2006-s.html Of course, I have better things than that I'd want to pay almost a hundred for. ...
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    Sticky: The old gang! I ***missed*** you guys!

    The old gang!

    I ***missed*** you guys!
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    Sticky: Yes, that's pretty much true, but I think it's...

    Yes, that's pretty much true, but I think it's just a matter of the cake resting in a non-store climate, whether be too dry in an air-condition shop or in some dank corner of the warehouse. Breaking...
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    Sticky: Combined late nineties 8582 red mark with '04...

    Combined late nineties 8582 red mark with '04 Guyunhai, 6g + 2g, and I came up with a very harmonious brew that was better than either of them together, very deep, dark, complex, with good liveliness...
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    Sticky: Blended 1.5g EoT '07Qingshengu 1.2g Eot '08...

    Blended 1.5g EoT '07Qingshengu 1.2g Eot '08 Bulang .8g TeaUrchin '14 LBZ and 1g ChaMaGuo '12 Naka. Enjoyable blend, with a consistent sharp bitterness, incoherent but fun complexity, some plum, some...
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    Sticky: Tea today was Chenyuanhao '01 Yiwu. Very flat,...

    Tea today was Chenyuanhao '01 Yiwu. Very flat, slightly sour main taste. Also has a bit of light drying astringency. Has nice aroma and finish. The viscosity is acceptable as well. Pleasant...
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    Sticky: EoT 2011 Bulang. Pretty much drain cleaner right...

    EoT 2011 Bulang. Pretty much drain cleaner right now. Fairly thick viscosity right now, and has a number of sweet flavors centering around honey and barnyard. A bit of qi, and some mouth huigans...
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    Sticky: Yesterday, I had the EoT Yunyun again. I believe...

    Yesterday, I had the EoT Yunyun again. I believe I can firmly recommend this. The longer rest allowed for dissipation of some of the smoke, to my surprise, and I got a thick soup, with aftertaste,...
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    Sticky: A few days ago, I had the Tungchinghao chicheng...

    A few days ago, I had the Tungchinghao chicheng from Teaclassico. It wasn't as enjoyable as I remember it because it was quite bitter for a number of brews, and I counted that as a flow since it's a...
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    Sticky: Two days ago, was whatever Bangwei. Noted funk,...

    Two days ago, was whatever Bangwei. Noted funk, bamboo, honey, soil tastes. Also noted a mouth aroma quality, as well as the sort of mouth huigans one finds in wetter stored sheng.

    Yesterday was...
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    Sticky: Finished off sample g which was a 90's CNNP cake...

    Finished off sample g which was a 90's CNNP cake of some sort. I enjoyed it very much, mild taste (once past the starting sourness), light wood, soil, and has a really good fruit mouth huigan. ...
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    Sticky: Finished off 2012 Manzhuang from TeaUrchin. I...

    Finished off 2012 Manzhuang from TeaUrchin. I feel pretty much the same about the quality. Earlier infusions had a pretty strong feel in the throat, but not really the huigans I had the first time....
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    Sticky: Yesterday was finishing off most of the rest of...

    Yesterday was finishing off most of the rest of 2012 Che Ma Xuan Naka from TeaUrchin. I enjoyed it, a little rich with some nice hidden floral notes. It's a fairly mengsong-y sort of tea. There...
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    Sticky: Today I finished off the '03 Big Zhong 7542 from...

    Today I finished off the '03 Big Zhong 7542 from Teaclassico. Much settled from when I first got it, not particularly odd in taste, little astringency, some bitterness. However, it wasn't all that...
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    Sticky: Finished off the 2014 TU LBZ. Compared to the...

    Finished off the 2014 TU LBZ. Compared to the 2013, it has the better aroma. The taste is a bit thinner and greener. There are some bursts of floral woods in the mouth, but this kind is very...
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    Sticky: Retried the cake version of the EoT Yuanwei. ...

    Retried the cake version of the EoT Yuanwei. I've decided I don't particularly care for it--essentially in the same way I don't care for Hekai teas, especially like the Puersom Hekais. Used eight...
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    Sticky: 2002 zhongcha 7542. Menghai mushroom taste, a...

    2002 zhongcha 7542. Menghai mushroom taste, a touch of honey, not too much menghai florals. Doesn't have the 2001 7542's depth, green camphor, wood, qi. Is both bitter and astringent for much of...
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    Sticky: Done with trying out the first stage stuff. I...

    Done with trying out the first stage stuff. I figured that I needed to try out the '01 Simplified Yun 7542. This tea had a lot of green camphor taste, a bit like the White Whale. I am finding that...
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    Sticky: '07 XZH XiShangMeiShao. First few brews, strong...

    '07 XZH XiShangMeiShao. First few brews, strong taste and aroma, but disordered and not cohesive (blend not that successful?). Still pretty good. Thinner taste as you'd expect from JingGu but...
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    Sticky: And some more good tea...XZH '06 brick. ...

    And some more good tea...XZH '06 brick. Sanhetang sez Bulang, but frankly, it's a lot more banzhang than the LBZ Black Wrapper, in the sense that the general floral Menghai character is much more...
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    Sticky: XZH '07 Dinjin Nu'ercha. Very, very purple as...

    XZH '07 Dinjin Nu'ercha. Very, very purple as Hobbes might remark, with distaste. First brews were very malty. It washes out some, and does puerh like stuff like qi almost as strong as LBZ, strong...
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    Sticky: Was my birthday, so I treated myself to 8g XZH...

    Was my birthday, so I treated myself to 8g XZH LBZ black wrapper.

    Glorious.

    Strong honey and walnuts based aroma. Strong honey and walnuts tastes with sharp green camphor early, some plums...
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    Sticky: A very good session of YQH Gushu Chawang '06. ...

    A very good session of YQH Gushu Chawang '06. Better than some of the not-as-great sessions of YQH '04. Now that I pay so much attention to what I think are the facets of enjoying a puerh, it's...
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    Sticky: Essence of Tea Guafengzhai

    I will start here by saying that this is $545 for a 357g cake. This is overwhelmingly expensive, and sits on my mind as I taste it. Remember, I got three kilos of better tea in January of 2011 for...
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    Sticky: Essence of Tea Long Lan Xu

    There wasn't that much difference from the maocha observed and reported earlier. The main thing is that touch of extra liveliness and a stronger, broader sweet flavor late in the session. This is a...
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    Sticky: Did some EoT Yuan Wei today, but it didn't really...

    Did some EoT Yuan Wei today, but it didn't really work out, so I'll have to come back to it...
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    Sticky: Essence of Tea 2014 Du Quan

    So trying this again with a sample from a pressed bing...I don't think it's all that different, except that it's a bit more sprightly with more subtle notes.

    It's a pretty classical Mengla tea,...
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