wyardley wrote:Welcome! (also from LA)
I'm curious about your assertion about mildew. I've been drinking tea for several years now, but I've never noticed "mildew" in tea (and I've drank some pretty old and funky teas).
Shun Fa / SG Superstore - you're talking about the snack store in the area with all the booths, not the supermarket itself, right? Green signs? I think that's the same store that runs a little tea store inside HK3 supermarket in Rowland Heights. The RH one carries a lot of Lin's teaware; the one at Shun Fa doesn't have as much. The Rowland Heights place cracks me up - they have a charcoal brazier (just for show), as well as several electric tea kettles, but when I was buying a kettle there, they served me some god-awful ginseng oolong which they microwaved before serving me.
I honestly think that for most stores, having such large jars of tea which people can stick their head in, especially clear ones, is not a good idea. Luckily, the turnover at Wing Hop Fung is pretty high, so they can kind of get away with it.
ps - I think we may work at the same place...
I guess I'm abusing "mildew" as a catch-all for anything that seems to have grown in the tea. There's a characteristic smell and taste to tea that has been sitting around for a few years that makes me think of mildew.
Yes, the place formerly called "New Jerky Company" on the East side of the SG Superstore. The last tea I bought there was disappointing. My friend who bought some of the same really liked it. I have got much better from them in the past. Their jerky is very good ;^)
The tea at WHF moves very fast indeed. They had some excellent alishan for $60/pound and I only managed to get the last of it. It was better than the $180 stuff three jars down, which was excessively dry and crumbly (and obviously not selling at all).
We do work at the same place.