Friday night, my wife and I had dinner at a Chinese restaurant I'd not eaten at in years. As I often do in such a setting, I ordered hot tea fully expecting the bulk oolong smoky stuff or the cloying jasmine green stuff that virtually every Chinese restaurant seems to serve.
When the tea arrived at the table, I was blown away! I knew from the initial scent that this was Wuyi oolong. After a few sips, I was delighted to realize that it was indeed Da Hong Pao!
Of course, had I been given leaves and hot water, I could have coaxed more from the tea, but this was beyond not half-bad, it was good! I drank several cups and remembering an old topic of the day on tea chat, I decided I'd have a little tea conversation with my waiter.
When he returned with the check, I pointed to my empty cup and inquired, " Was this Da Hong Pao?" He tilted his head and looked quizzically at me, so I took a step back and asked, "What kind of tea was this?" To this he replied "oolong." I said, " I know it's oolong, but what kind of oolong?" His reply, "Oolong tea. There is only one kind. oolong tea."
And to think, all this time I've been paying top dollar for several kinds of oolong when all I had to do is buy one.