Want to share with you several common books that I frequently use to identify and cross-checking the vintage and producer of each puerh tea with our own purchase or storage records. Top row from left to right:
Xi-Zhi Hao Yearbook 2005 to 2010, San Ho Tang
A Complete Collection Guide of Meng Hai Factory 1994 – 2007, WuShing Publication
New Born Pu-erh Tea Yearbook 1998 ~ 2003, WuShing Publication
New Born Pu-erh Yearbook 2004, WuShing Publication
Profound World of Chi Tse 1950 ~ 2004, Mr. Chen Jr-Tung, WuShing Publication
We used to carry yearbooks and magazines from WuShing Publication on Hou De, but eventually the shipping cost from Taiwan and to our customers getting too high. It’s quite sad, as the pu-erh information available in US, really anywhere outside SE Asia and China, is seriously anemic.
Found a photo album that was sent from the owner of Yang-Ching Hao 楊慶號， Mr. Yang Shi-Nan, of his 2005 harvesting trip in Yi-Wu region of Yunnan. Mr. Yang had started traveled to Yunnan to monitor and purchase the raw leaves to make his Yang-Ching Hao cakes since 2004. In 2005, the year my first daughter Yuan Yuan was born, I started to search for premium pu-erh teas to buy and save as Yuan’s “birthday tea”, or you can say as Nu Er Cha 女兒茶. That was when I got into know Yang-Ching Hao and Xi-Zhi Hao – and ended loving both to offer on Hou De and save some as Yuan’s Birthday Tea!
We put together a photo album and a series of 5 documentary videos to celebrate our beloved XZH cakes – although they are getting too successful and pricey ^__^ Hope from these records you can also appreciate the time and sweat that were putting in to produce XZH quality.