Though I may have agreed with the criticism of Yunnan teas other than puer several years ago...nay, even ridiculed someone for trying them, these days I would give pause. Whereas all teas made 4 or more years ago in Yunnan tasted (regardless of their name or style) like puer, these days they range anywhere from drinkable to excellent. I would consider some of them 'elegant fakes' when I taste something of the tea that they are designed to mimic in them.
How anyone could argue,
sherubtse wrote:that it is incorrect to label teas from Yunnan as green, white, etc. due to the nature of the cultivars located there.
is beyond me. I might agree with someone who said that a bi luo chun from Yunnan is not really BLC, but that is as far as that argument can logically go. Green, oolong and black classifications are based on oxidation, not location. White is based on the age of the leaf and the lack of kill-green.
It is a non-conventional tea area for many of China's famous teas, but these days produces better teas than some of the lower/middle grades from the conventional areas.
Yunnan Sourcing teas are cheaper because they don't over-charge as many companies do, they ship from the source, and YS completely abhors speculative tea sales. That, and the high quality of practically everything I get from them, is why I enjoy their greens.This year the Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun is AWESOME. I describe it as 'tea-hair juice'
This topic is great. I am looking forward to trying tea-trekker, too!