Saturday, December 31, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The old adage: “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” As we each expound the various subjective virtues of one tea over another .. It is exactly that; an individual subjective preference (or rejection) of said tea.
My two favorites are now in the land of Unobtainium (less stock on hand)…. So ..2 Days, about 10 hrs of tea tasting with a goal of finding a Pu-Erh tea. Near the end of day two (Sunday).. Mrs. Yang quietly made a pot and served it up, nothing said just filling the cups and moving on. it was love at first sip. I could not contain my excitement and declared an unsurpassed tea was being presented to us (8 folks in total) Needless to say we extended our say for a few more rounds.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Changes in the tea business .. Retail sales slump .. shop closures etc .. and the rise in prices with high end products being offed … a strange mix to ponder. Lee Hong a friend of 7+ years with her “boyfriend” He studied Tea in university and now works in the retail / teaching store in DongguanSaturday about noon and I am the only customer. This store is downsized by 75% from my last visit and has some of the highest price teas (Pu-erh Only) I’ve see. also a collection of very expensive Tea Pots.Some high price pots, prices are a function of being attributed to a master craftsman. (if you trust the printed cards) These two are 25,000 RMB eachThis one is “only” 13,500 RMBThis Pu-Erh cake not only comes in a very ornate box with lock, It has a zippered jacket, all for: 6,800RMB