auhckw wrote:First Oolong marathon adventure...
Went to 4 of the shops:-
-Da Hong Pao
-Goh Hui Ling - Qing Xin Tea Art
Evergreen - Chen Nian Shui Xian Extra Old (1992)
Glad you made it
It is quite a concentrated collection of very different enterprises.
Evergreen, opening out onto Jalan Sultan is very obviously a COMMERCIAL enterprise, I have never been totally won over by any of their teas
But the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and I find each visit a rewarding experience. The first year (3 plus years hence) I bought tea, the tins are nice, but it is the tea inside that counts rather than the packaging, whilst pleasant drinking it does not exercise ones faculties. What I do love about Evergreen is their Tea Accessories, whilst not cheap (nor over expensive) they have items that are not found in most Tea Shops. I love gazing through the windows before they open at all their Tea Trays. I like the fact that they sell Pewter canisters from cheaper producers than Royal Selangor. 2 Visits ago I bought Tea Cups, Pitchers and a few other items, this year I bought a ceramic mini tea tray and a gas fired Kettle boiler, that takes Ronson Gas cartridges but as of yet have not bought any gas in the UK (they won't let you take it on airoplanes these days
Da Hong Pao - was the Chinaman in or just one or two of his girls?
Did you see the Celadon that you bought elsewhere? How did the price compare? You must have tried some of their DHP?, but did not buy any?
Goh Hui Ling - Qing Xin Tea Art
I imagine that is the one that I call Mr. Goh's in my memory,
referring back to my post I see that I called it the same.
He has quite a reputation for being an expert on Oolong but on my visit he was low on stocks, had any 2011 items arrived when you were there?
He gets lots in by Mid year, but starts to sell out in November and december. He had a very laid back manner and was more than happy to pass on his knowledge, but language difficulties, other customers, and my urgent appointment prevented me from taking advantage.
I did not visit Q Xiang - can you recommend it? similar name to Mr. Goh's?
I see you did not make it into Tung Ting, I loved it in there - like Mr Goh and unlike Da Hong Pao and Evergreen I was drinking tea with the 1 man owner, tea lover, tea buyer and researcher and he has a charming manner!
I hope you like your
Chen Nian Shui Xian
but I would have preferred you to buy from one of the less commercial enterprises.