I visit Malaysia annually, and my home base is Kuala Lumpur. I was lucky to get 'in' with one of the tea shops there and I have become one of the circle
Note that it is a different circle to the one that Auch moves in. But by virtue of being 'in' I am fairly confident that what I am told is 'bona fide'. I can go to one shop that is in the circle, and when I return to my 'mother shop' they can tell me what I have been drinking, what I have purchased, and whether or not I have made a wise choice. It is at the same time both chastening and exhilirating, particularly when they compliment me on my choice, perhaps not so when they say they have something better and proceed to get it out and brew it for me.
The Bai Ji Guan comes from a shop in Penang, and I sense a little bit of 'sales talk' in our conversation, I have been there twice, a year apart,
and he remembered me on the re-visit, which was when I bought the Bai Ji Guan. I shall be back in Malaysia in the early part of next year, but my hostess is tired of Penang and we shall probably visit Malacca and Johor instead.
The shop in Penang is called Jing Yu Tong and has been a wholesale supplier of Chinese Tea in Malaysia for 5 0 years or so - until recently oall of Teacuppa's teas were supplied by them, but now according to William Ma Teacuppa have started to source some of their own.
The shop is run by William, I would guess he is in his late 20s, for an english speaking customer like myself he was the Main Man, from initial conversation, brewing samples for me, putting my purchases together and everything - everything until the final invoice was being prepared, then his mother stepped forward and scrutinised, sure enough he had missed something, and my invoice was raised slightly.
2 Years ago he was keen to start a web presence, last year he was still keen but diffident of knowing how to do it. He does however say that he is only to willing to deal with overseas customers, by phone, fax or email
Jing Yu Tong Industries, SDN, BHD
Wholesale, Retail, Chinese Tea & Porcelainwbm8528@yahoo.com.cn
No. 142, Campbell Street
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
tel 04 - 2299892
fax 04 - 2642892
H/P 012 - 4951900
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I WILL be revisiting Jian Dian Teahouse in Kuala Lumpur
and WOULD consider a group buy for mother tree Shui Jin Gui plus a first generation clone of Shui Jin Gui - if Master Tea Roaster L M Chong (the lady in my avatar) has any in stock.