Herb_Master wrote:Does everyone get as confused as I do about Oolong Predicates?
Or can any of you shed light!
Are they objective or subjective
1. Tea Varietal Name followed by #1 or No. 1 means
A first generation offspring or cutting (which or both?)
In the case of Wuyi it will be from one of the original 6 (?this number changes everytime it is mentioned 2,3 or ehatever) Da Hong Pao Bushes
In the case of FengHuang it will be the original or one of the original Song Dynasty specimens!
2. Wang (after the varietal name) means King this is presumed to be a superior specimen of the cultivar so the Tea should be that much better?
I thought at first it was a local quality specification used in Anxi
Now the first 20 times I encountered Wang was always with Ti Guan Yin
But lately it is appearing in lots of other contexts like Shui Xian from Wuyi and other varietals. And up pops Song Zhong Wang – is this the same as a Song Zhong #1
3. Quality Predicates
Is there any Objectivity or Official Approved Ranking system other than say the 3 tier ranking system in Guangdong or the locations within Wuyi that can be relied upon
I am seeing, Premium, Fancy, First-Grade, Top-Grade, High-Grade, Special, Super, Superfine, Supreme, Superior, Choice, Choicest, Finest, Imperial, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
I suspect that either they are varying attempts to translate into English (a) genuinely approved Chinese character(s)
or else they are some inventive marketing ploys.
I half suspect that a 3rd Grade named cultivar such as Da Hong Pao, stating village and season and picking standards might actually be superior to a Finest Oolong with no varietal name or region supplied.
Can anyone shed any light?
These are so confusing! And they are all Marketing mojo! Burger King, Hot Dog King, King of Beer, King of Pop....
3 and a half Mother Bush DHP. One Sung Dyasty DC. One Single Bush Anix Mother of all TGY Oolong. 18 Empiral Dragon Well bushes. And they are all around $200+ US per gram, if you can find them...