Category Archives: Brands and Factories

Paying Homage to Tea Experts

Do an online search for “tea expert” (or even “tea master”) and you pull up sites that are little more than “certificate mills,” cranking out certificates the way the Federal Reserve Bank cranks out dollar bills – that is, by … Continue reading

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The Xi-Zhi Hao Brand

The term “Xi-Zhi” (more properly spelled “Xizhi) means “Double Happiness.” “Xi-Zhi Hao” is a brand. A fairly well-known brand among pu-erh devotees. In fact, keeping this brand in stock, despite prices that could never be described as “economical,” is near … Continue reading

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Spotlight Tea: Lao Ban Zhang Pu-erhs

We posted here recently about the Hai Lang Hao label pu-erhs. This time we’re taking a closer look at one of their most prized productions: Lao Ban Zhang pu-erh (blended with Man’E leaves). At right: Tea Urchin in Lao Ban … Continue reading

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