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Postby engar » Nov 10th, '08, 16:35

I´m new to oolongs and I found this sample packs (1, 2) on the Alishan Election Day post. 18,58$ for 70 grams shipped is a good price.
Have you ever try teas? I suppose that this kind of sampler packs are common, do you recommend me other sample pack?

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Postby heatwaves » Nov 16th, '08, 15:17

Typically, sample packs for oolongs are somewhat rare unless you're buying wholesale quantities. I purchased the same sample packs from teafromtaiwan and it's a excellent way to get a feel for a bunch of good quality oolongs. However, this is a VERY small quantity for nearly $20. Keep in mind that this amount to about one potful of oolong per sample. I've squeezed it to make two gaiwan's worth for each sample. If you don't mind essentially paying more to taste a lot of oolongs, then go for it.

Hope this helps!

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Postby engar » Nov 16th, '08, 16:01

Thanks heatwaves. 7 grams is not enough to taste any tea, almost for a newbie like me.

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Postby geeber1 » Nov 16th, '08, 16:08

Adagio has a sample package, plus you can order sample tins of each of their teas. Their selection is more limited than other sites may be, but this is an affordable way to try out different varieties.

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Postby ABx » Nov 16th, '08, 16:30

Tea from Taiwan has great teas, though someone new to oolongs may not be able to appreciate the quality difference for the price. Though if you don't mind the price then go for it :) is another good place to start.

I do generally try to get at least one or two teas in full quantity, however. It often takes a few tries to really get to what a tea has to offer. I tend to start a little conservatively with the amount of leaf and work my way up until I find just the right parameters, and unless it's a type of tea that I know well then it can take several tries. Even then there are still times that it's not until I get to the bottom of the bag/tin that I really figure it out, feeling that the tea is only 'okay' until then.

Samples are always a good idea, but I would just suggest getting at least one or two in 50g or more. Shops like and (I'm sure there are others that I'm not thinking of at the moment) also sell 1oz samples, which can actually be a good compromise. Otherwise you can probably pick out something from the descriptions on a site with a good reputation, asking around on forums like this, and reading blogs and such. There will probably be a few "tuition" buys, more if you try to go cheap, and there will also be a few that seem sub-par just because they can be tricky to brew, but as long as you don't spend more than you can afford I don't think you'll have too many disappointments. Of course you can also always get brewing advice here on the forum, and trade off anything you just don't care for in the Tea Swap forum here :)

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