Expansion Packs

Expansion Packs

Every few months, we plan to offer a limited number of expansions to the topic we are covering in detail any given month. These extras will be rarer and/or important to your journey exploring the kind/genre of tea discussed in that month’s issue. We hope to offer three or four such expansions next year as well. Each expansion pack will be exclusively for Global Tea Hut members. We will keep the expansions transparent, letting you know our cost for the tea, shipping and how much we think is a fair minimum donation. Like with all our work, you will be able to choose the amount you donate based on the cost of the tea and the minimum suggested donation, which will not be much more than what we have paid. The expansion packs will be limited, and distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. If we find that demand for them is high, and that they are really helping you to explore different teas and learn more, then we will try to make more next time.

Every few months, we plan to offer a limited number of expansions to the topic we are covering in detail any given month. These extras will be rarer and/or important to your journey exploring the kind/genre of tea discussed in that month’s issue. We hope to offer three or four such expansions next year as well. Each expansion pack will be exclusively for Global Tea Hut members. We will keep the expansions transparent, letting you know our cost for the tea, shipping and how much we think is a fair minimum donation. Like with all our work, you will be able to choose the amount you donate based on the cost of the tea and the minimum suggested donation, which will not be much more than what we have paid. The expansion packs will be limited, and distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. If we find that demand for them is high, and that they are really helping you to explore different teas and learn more, then we will try to make more next time.


  • Expansion Pack II: February 2017
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    Exploring Rare Dian Hong

    Dian hong is a kind of tea everyone loves. It is affordable, delicious and when it is made from good raw material, can be stunning to drink in ceremony. Since dian hong is more inexpensive, we wanted to include a greater variety of Yunnanese red teas that we enjoy, each very unique in its own way, including cakes and loose-leaf tea. We have included different mountains, seasons, ages and kinds of trees and vintages so you will taste a broad spectrum of the genre and learn more.
    So, here’s this month’s expansion pack:

    A 100-gram cake of Spring 2013 dian hong from Feng Qing in
    Lincang, similar to the Golden Vajra cake we made years ago.

    50 grams of Autumn 2016 Bu Lang Mountain dian hong.

    50 grams of a very unique dian hong made from a different species of Camellia called Camellia taliensis, like the Moonlight White tea we sent in April of 2016, which was also a Light Meets Life cake. This delicate red tea is one of the most gorgeous teas we’ve ever seen, and glorious to drink as well!

    50 grams of Spring 2016 Evening Sky wild purple red tea from De Hong.

    50 grams of Spring 2016 wild old-growth dian hong from Mengku.

    20 grams of our all-time favorite dian hong, which we call “Joy.” Joy is an early-2000s dian hong from ancient trees in Lincang.


    Our cost for these six teas, including shipping to Taiwan and packaging, is just around $37. Like the first expansion, we only produced 50 sets and we are going to ask for a suggested minimum donation of $50 plus shipping, which Shen thinks will be $20 or less to most places in the world. You can donate anything you want above that. All proceeds will support our free Center. Each expansion will also come with a descriptive booklet that will explain each tea and why we chose it.


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  • Expansion Pack I: December 2016
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    Exploring Rare Vintages of Liu Bao Black Tea

    Liu Bao is a very rich genre of tea, with a lot to learn. One of the reasons we have included so many articles on the history of this magical tea is that Liu Bao is an aged tea, like puerh, so its history has much more bearing on the genre, since we often find ourselves drinking teas that were processed very differently than farmers do today. In other words, a trip to Liu Bao is not necessarily going to help you understand how the aged Liu Bao you are drinking was made. For that, you will have to research historical records, talk to old-timers and drink the different vintages yourself. Some of you who have been around here for a while will remember the other two Liu Bao teas we have sent out (a year 2000 Liu Bao and Old Grove, which was from 2008), but for some of you this will be your first exposure to Liu Bao (and maybe even black tea as a genre). For our first expansion pack, we wanted to offer you the opportunity to try two older, rarer vintages of Liu Bao, in the hopes that they would help you further understand the articles in this issue, as well as develop a greater appreciation for this wonderful genre of tea. So, here’s this month’s expansion pack:

    20 grams of 1970s SSHC Liu Bao (Shuang Xing Hao Yin, 双星号印)
    20 grams of 1980s Eight Directions Liu Bao (Ba Zhong Liu Bao, 八中六堡)

    These two teas are wonderful examples of vintage Liu Bao and amongst the best you can find without getting into the older and much more expensive baskets. They also will allow you to taste the changes in processing over time, as we have discussed in these pages, since the piling methods changed in the 1980s. Both were stored in Malaysia until now.

    Our cost for these two teas, including shipping to Taiwan and packaging, is just under 40$. For this first experimental foray into offering expansion packs, we only produced 50 sets and we are going to ask for a suggested minimum donation of 50$ plus shipping, which Shen thinks will be 15$ or less to most places in the world. You can donate anything you want above that. All proceeds will support our free Center.

    Sold Out

  • Expansion Pack II: February 2017
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    Exploring Rare Dian Hong

    Dian hong is a kind of tea everyone loves. It is affordable, delicious and when it is made from good raw material, can be stunning to drink in ceremony. Since dian hong is more inexpensive, we wanted to include a greater variety of Yunnanese red teas that we enjoy, each very unique in its own way, including cakes and loose-leaf tea. We have included different mountains, seasons, ages and kinds of trees and vintages so you will taste a broad spectrum of the genre and learn more.
    So, here’s this month’s expansion pack:

    A 100-gram cake of Spring 2013 dian hong from Feng Qing in
    Lincang, similar to the Golden Vajra cake we made years ago.

    50 grams of Autumn 2016 Bu Lang Mountain dian hong.

    50 grams of a very unique dian hong made from a different species of Camellia called Camellia taliensis, like the Moonlight White tea we sent in April of 2016, which was also a Light Meets Life cake. This delicate red tea is one of the most gorgeous teas we’ve ever seen, and glorious to drink as well!

    50 grams of Spring 2016 Evening Sky wild purple red tea from De Hong.

    50 grams of Spring 2016 wild old-growth dian hong from Mengku.

    20 grams of our all-time favorite dian hong, which we call “Joy.” Joy is an early-2000s dian hong from ancient trees in Lincang.


    Our cost for these six teas, including shipping to Taiwan and packaging, is just around $37. Like the first expansion, we only produced 50 sets and we are going to ask for a suggested minimum donation of $50 plus shipping, which Shen thinks will be $20 or less to most places in the world. You can donate anything you want above that. All proceeds will support our free Center. Each expansion will also come with a descriptive booklet that will explain each tea and why we chose it.

    Sold Out

  • Expansion Pack I: December 2016
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    Exploring Rare Vintages of Liu Bao Black Tea

    Liu Bao is a very rich genre of tea, with a lot to learn. One of the reasons we have included so many articles on the history of this magical tea is that Liu Bao is an aged tea, like puerh, so its history has much more bearing on the genre, since we often find ourselves drinking teas that were processed very differently than farmers do today. In other words, a trip to Liu Bao is not necessarily going to help you understand how the aged Liu Bao you are drinking was made. For that, you will have to research historical records, talk to old-timers and drink the different vintages yourself. Some of you who have been around here for a while will remember the other two Liu Bao teas we have sent out (a year 2000 Liu Bao and Old Grove, which was from 2008), but for some of you this will be your first exposure to Liu Bao (and maybe even black tea as a genre). For our first expansion pack, we wanted to offer you the opportunity to try two older, rarer vintages of Liu Bao, in the hopes that they would help you further understand the articles in this issue, as well as develop a greater appreciation for this wonderful genre of tea. So, here’s this month’s expansion pack:

    20 grams of 1970s SSHC Liu Bao (Shuang Xing Hao Yin, 双星号印)
    20 grams of 1980s Eight Directions Liu Bao (Ba Zhong Liu Bao, 八中六堡)

    These two teas are wonderful examples of vintage Liu Bao and amongst the best you can find without getting into the older and much more expensive baskets. They also will allow you to taste the changes in processing over time, as we have discussed in these pages, since the piling methods changed in the 1980s. Both were stored in Malaysia until now.

    Our cost for these two teas, including shipping to Taiwan and packaging, is just under 40$. For this first experimental foray into offering expansion packs, we only produced 50 sets and we are going to ask for a suggested minimum donation of 50$ plus shipping, which Shen thinks will be 15$ or less to most places in the world. You can donate anything you want above that. All proceeds will support our free Center.

    Sold Out


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