GeeFreeman wrote:I am trying different teas, but sought out guidance from what I thought would be a helpful, thoughtful group. I see many folks recommending teas on this forum. Was I mistaken?
Don't get testy before we even have a chance to know you.
It's a big question, and even if you ask at the restaurant, it's not likely that they'll be able to tell you exactly the type they serve.
geekgirl wrote:Hehe, they never want to tell because the tea comes in great big 1 lb foil packs that say O O L O N G and a single chinese character printed on it. I'm not entirely sure they know what specific tea they are serving in most of those places.
This was my experience when I was working in a Chinese restaurant. It was a nice place, but the oolong was not identified. If you asked the varietal they would just say "oolong, famous chinese tea." However, MOST chinese restaurants serve the same or similar type of tea, so that does make your odds of figuring it out much higher.
When I first came to this board, I was also looking for "chinese restaurant tea." Adagio's Oolong #40, and Sensationalteas Bai Hao were nearly exactly what I was used to. You might try those.
Barring that, you might try giving us an actual description of the tea: color, flavor, etc.
The Strand Tea "Choicest" looks to be a Formosa oolong, which has not been my experience to receive at chinese restaurants. The closest at Strand may be the "Ancient Beauty," although the descriptions seem to be quite lacking. "Amber brew?" Yeah. That's like telling a wine connoisseur who is looking for a specific varietal that he needs to find the "grape-colored one."
All that being said, Ed's suggestion:
edkrueger wrote:If that is your premise, how can we possibly suggest teas to you? The best method is to find good teas is to try a lot.
is a very good one. Really, I asked a lot of questions about oolongs when I came here, and tried a LOT of different varieties of oolong. While I still like my "restaurant tea," I have since found others I prefer.