Tead Off wrote:I just returned from Hong Kong where I sampled 5 different Longjing teas from 3 different shops. None had the fluff balls. Strange and I can't recall ever seeing this. The sampling included a top grade that was selling for over $100/75g all the way down to a commercial grade that was quite inexpensive.
I guess it also depends on how hard the workers try to pick out the balls (as described in the long jing production procedure, it's the last step, removing the debris and fluff balls). The harder they work, the fewer balls there are. But even if they work the hardest, it's possible several balls escape from their eyes. The chance for you to get a ball in a sample may be small. There were a few times that I barely saw any balls throughout the whole container, and then spotted several when going near the bottom.