I stop at most of the small temples that are all over this city for some art & beauty for walks on streets that are so commercial. Also, I try to remember to look up. Often I see old-style, impressive decoration is high up buildings.
At Dr Chen I got woozy (tea drunk) & a cookie tasted as good as anything I've eaten in this city of delicious food. When I was about to leave, I was given a fat organic banana grown along high mountain tea. Never had a better banana.
I was appreciating the tea today unlike Saturday.
I have a modest amount of 4 teas in my hotel room now & will wait to complete my tasting in Tainan before getting more of these. I am not going for a discount for buying a lot & will not get any benefit from buying more. If some of you want me to pick up any tea I mention, please let me know soon, & if there is room in my bag for some extra packets, I will get them to send to you from here (if you live in Europe) or from the States if you life in America. The #18 is long leaves, the rest are handrolled pearls.
I have a 5-year old traditionally processed oolong. As I understand it, this tea has more steps taken in its production. So more days are taken, more wetting & drying. Oxidation is 50 - 70%. I know it is very good & interesting & good for many infusions. I am not sure how tasty it is for me. On a pure taste basis, I like it but while doing so much tasting of good tea, it gets confusing.
Grown & aged by Dr Chen's family, I really like their 7-year old organic oolong. It has a high level of oxidation also. One gets the mature aged flavor w/ notes of dried stone fruit. That taste of fruit is not sweet nor tart, making this aged oolong different than others I've had in the last few years. Really quite special. I am sure I will get a good deal more, though it is expensive. Infusion after infusion & everyone in the store came over for some.
Dr Chen's # 18 is the best ruby black I've tasted here. I like this one. I don't love it. #18 is unique in black tea & a bit too odd for me to enjoy easily. I'll probably just get a bit >than I have now.
The organic championship-winning black tea also presents one w/ a bit of a challenge. It also hits me differently & throws me a little. I like it very much, am sure it is quite special, & think when drinking it outside of a long tea-tasting session, will love it. I never had a black tea good for so many infusions. Everyone in the shop came over for some. Will get more for sure.