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post #736 of 746

Hi there,

 

Lately I've been drinking Yue Guang Bai, a white chinese tea made from the Yunnan Large Leaf varietal in Simao, Yunnan and I'm loving it. The taste is really sweet, with fruity notes of cantaloupe and apricot.

 

Here's a pic I took of the dry leaves. Hope you guys like it.

 

post #737 of 746
What a shot! Perhaps, I'll have an opportunity in February to sample this.
post #738 of 746

I was wondering whether someone here could help?

 

Does anyone have reasonably priced recommendations for loose green tea or oolong for someone living in the UK?

I've done a search on amazon, and I'm completely lost at the array of options available to me...

 

I brought back some from China, but I've already finished them :( 

 

Thank you all in advance!

post #739 of 746
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Originally Posted by SunTanScanMan View Post
 

I was wondering whether someone here could help?

 

Does anyone have reasonably priced recommendations for loose green tea or oolong for someone living in the UK?

I've done a search on amazon, and I'm completely lost at the array of options available to me...

 

I brought back some from China, but I've already finished them :( 

 

Thank you all in advance!

Yep,

 

order from China, they always mark as gift and the prices are reasonable.

 

http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/

post #740 of 746
There are a number of excellent ocha suppliers in Japan who quickly and easily ship internationally. Whether they are reasonably priced is a bit subjective though.

I'm contemplating another order from Thes du Japon this evening.
post #741 of 746

Pudu, has it arrived yet? What are your thoughts...delight?

post #742 of 746
Not yet. Actually, it was more than another week before I finally got around to ordering anything. I ended up going for a yume-wakaba sencha, some tamaryoku-cha, and some Uji matcha to replenish my dwindling supply (and I was a skinflint with the shipping options). I'll let you know what I think when they arrive. But I'm kicking myself now for not grabbing some gyokuro too. I may have to make a quick visit to Den's site to remedy that - I see they are offering a sakura sencha at the moment too, which probably needs to be tried. tongue.gif
post #743 of 746

There are very few things in life that I spend money on (I am an actor and thus poor); I normally scrimp, save, and generally browse slickdeals to get out as cheaply as possible, wherever possible. However, there are some things that are exceptions to my frugality. Those things are: computer hardware (and even then, it's price:performance king), audio equipment/instruments, and tea. I spend an offensive and absolutely unreasonable amount of money on tea. 


I live in Napa, so I usually get my tea from Red Blossom tea company in the middle of Chinatown in San Francisco. They have an online store as well, and they are the REAL DEAL. Very well connected with several generations of private farms and they do amazing tasting sessions. I sometimes find myself in there doing flights for 2 or 3 hours. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended.


Last winter, I found a new company in SF: Aroma Tea company (they have an online store as well). Now, I walked into this place on a whim between performances in downtown SF, found it on google maps. And I was blown away. It's not like Red Blossom - luxury, refined, artful, elegant - at all. But holy hell, do they have some good tea (and a respectable knowledge). What really got me, was the guy in the store was very personable and VERY casual and at first eye of me (I'm a young looking man and I don't wear suits) probably assumed I was a tourist or local with simple tastes and some curiosity at first - and the shop has an excellent sense of humor - so he was sort of pitching me some of their "house blends" with very creative names. As we talked a bit more, he caught on that I was knowledgeable, and started pulling out the big guns. I had a fantastic time and spent an obscene amount of money and I'll definitely be going back. Fun place and good quality product. The top end stuff is still expensive as hell, but c'est la vie.

 

As for my tea tastes, I enjoy Japanese greens in the spring and of course gyokuro when I'm feeling decadent and less poor than usual, but mostly I drink a variety of oolongs, black and green both (I do not enjoy black tea, and still can't manage to get into puerh). Mostly a fan of high elevation green oolongs, alishan etc, but I've recently been experimenting with semi-fermented batches and I find it's really interesting - the depth of flavor and changes of character over the course of many infusions is really enjoyable. That said, I really enjoy a good dark wuyi oolong as well when I want to be bombarded with roasted notes.


Edited by kylezo - 3/7/16 at 2:07am
post #744 of 746
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Pudu, has it arrived yet? What are your thoughts...delight?

Showed up over the weekend, so I dove into the Tamaryoku-cha today.



With a fairly low temp/short steep (70°C for 70 seconds) it makes for some lovely and surprisingly complex flavours - faint fruitiness (dried berries?) and grass, slightly more pronounced mineral, and a wonderful nutty finish. There is just a hint of astringency that I like in my tea, which almost completely disappeared on the second infusion, and came back with a vengeance on the third infusion because I got distracted and let it go for about 4 times longer than intended. redface.gif.


Very pleased with this choice. tongue_smile.gif
post #745 of 746

Looks delicious! I have never had Tamaryoku before.

post #746 of 746
Here's the sakura sencha.




This one is much less complex - a lower quality tea for sure - but delightful, simple, and full of flavour.



The cherry blossoms add a floral sweetness, but also a bit of spice - almost the tiniest hint of mild cinnamon. (sorry, I'm rubbish at gustatory analogies)
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