Where has Biyun Hao been all these years?
I think, I remember first seeing it for sale, a 2007? Byunhao Yiwu at Puerhshop of all places! Then you really didn’t see any Biyun Hao at all really but you knew it was going to be pretty good because James of TeaDB got a hold of the better older BiYun Hao cakes a while ago and it was my guess at the time that someone gave him a hot tip… and you would hear some mummers by the Tea Illuminati that Bi Yun Hao has some pretty good mid-aged older boutique stuff… but nothing really appeared until Teas We Like decided to take it on.
I think it has been, since its earliest formation, one of the missions of Teas We Like to give us a deep and thorough introduction to Bi Yun Hao. Biyun Hao is a Taiwanese boutique brand of puerh that has never had the attention nor the appreciation in the English speaking world that has afforded Yang Qing Hao (thanks to Emmett) and Zhi Zi Hao (Thanks to Houde). I think the choice of which cakes to offer from the BiYun Hao catalogue was a very deliberate decision by TeasWeLike . They have kindly given us a slow, easy and controlled intro to BiYun Hao. First with some newer and better priced (less expensive) gushu stuff that is both stronger blended materials such as the Mahei blends they offer (such as this 2013 BiYun Hao Mahei) as well as the more elegant Yuwu Gushu stuff such as the Yibi Gushus (including this 2015 Yibi Gushu) and even the 2015 Lishan Gongcha and the brand new 2020 and 2021 BiYun Hao Longdui productions (here and here ).
However, the main attraction, as far as I could gather, has always been these older Biyun Hao productions…
They are finally letting these out of the gate with both quarter cakes and full cakes. The slow release of the other productions over the years has put me, I think, in a greater position to appreciate them on a different and deeper level. So I very much appreciate their care in releasing them.
I managed to get a few of these before they sold out and will post them here with a few other BiYun Hao that they will likely focus on in the coming years which they haven’t released (2008-2010).