Tea as a business has some allure because I spend so much time & thought on tea. Also I have never been comfortable to find a great tea & then only buy a small amount. And sometimes I have not been allowed to buy retail. (Jun Chiyabari, Nepal does not retail tea; so, I bought the minimum, 10 kg., for example. I sold half of it & finished selling; or, so I thought as w/ all the tea bought now I may want to reduce my amount).
I am back in Thailand w/ 3 kg. of tea from Taiwan. I have 4 kg. of that wonderful black tea from Nepal, a few hundred grams of a white Nepalese, & several hundred grams of other teas; so, what will I do w/ 3 kg. of tea from Taiwan?
Perhaps I will become something of a vendor & list myself as so, but a strange one indeed. I returned w/ only 150 grams of gaoshan that was on the green side (a Da Yu Ling that was so good that I went outside of my budget per gram limit). From Taiwan's highest mountains, I bought dark oolongs & black tea; from lower mountains in the north Oriental Beauty (Dong Feng Mei Ren), medium-roast Tie Guan Yin, & black Tie Guan Yin.
The teas that I bought in largest quantity were those that Jay & both liked w/o reservation. Jay bought some gaoshan that I recognized as good but bothered me for some reason. I often called out "Bitter" while others thought "sweet", but the main point is that there was something to take me away from what was good in the tea. E.g. some black teas made me feel that I tasted treated water or left my mouth too dry; & even though this was slight & flavor was great--I would not get them.
I feel very confident that I bought excellent tea, but how does one market my reactions? And at what price? I went to Taiwan 90% for tea & spent $400 on air, more $ on moving around the different tea areas, etc. So, what did the tea really cost?
I'm going to sit drinking these teas w/ 2 people w/ excellent palates who are in the business; then drink w/ 2 others w/ excellent palates who are not in the business. I think the Oriental Beauty that I have & the roasted & black TGYs are fantastic finds. If all 4 of those testers agree, then I might enter the tea business. I'd throw out a ? here first. Who wants to order (& not 10 or 20 gram samples)? And another ? is, how many people read TeaChat, how many people drink oolong or black tea, etc?
Regardless, Taiwan is a very nice country. The people are polite & friendly. The country is civilized & efficient. Food is great. Scenery in the country is great. Museums are disappointing & only a few of the temples are very impressive, but they are free & worth a look. I did not buy teaware, but quality of porcelain etc. was obviously good (Jay bought some) Cheers