j-z wrote:i heard that higher quality greens tend to mean they have a lighter flavour, is this true? if so im probably better off with a lower quality one. i ordered a pound of the third grade dragonwell from tenren as well as a sample of the 1st grade just to compare anyhow. so far the green tea ive tried that ive liked best was the yamamotoyama sencha, which i know a lot of people seem to look down on but i guess the flavour just appeals to me.. kind of burnt and sweet, great smell to it too.
is there any reason for suspecting bad business practices of tenren? it seems a big accusation to suggest they would intentionally mislead the customers like that, maybe all businesses do that i dunno but i tend to want to give the benefit of the doubt unless ive received some sort of evidence to make me think differently. anyways i just look forward to something other than this gunpowder green ive been stuck with the past week, anything has to be a step up from that.
j-z wrote:yeah i read about yamamotoyama using tea from brazil. im not personally offended that they dont label it as such tho.. maybe there's a strict definition for what is 'real sencha', like it has to be grown in japan or something, i dont know all that vintage stuff, i kind of feel that if its grown with the same cultivar (if thats the right word for it), like the same sort of plant stock and in a similar climate and processed the same way then its all good, it certainly tastes better than the japanese grown sencha ive had in any case
Tead Off wrote:Ten Tea is a big company in China...
gingkoseto wrote:Tead Off wrote:Ten Tea is a big company in China...
The Ten Fu in mainland China is more of a daughter company of Ten Ren of Taiwan. North American Ten Fu stores (they seem to franchise instead of manage stores as a chain) are more connected to Ten Ren than to Ten Fu. Last time I checked, the LJ sold in Ten Ren in Toronto is from Taiwan and labeled so on the package.
Overall I wouldn't say Ten Ren is of low quality. Their Toronto stores lean toward the higher end. I think their $50 tea is definitely a lot better than $5 tea of a lot of other brands - you know, if we consider quality only, and don't talk about price. I think Ten Fu in mainland China is definitely of decent quality. I heard a lot of complaints about their prices, but rarely complaints about their quality on oolong or greens.
hopeofdawn wrote:I've had Dragonwell before, and enjoyed it a great deal--but I've also heard that authentic Westlake Dragonwell (long jing/long ching?) really does live up to its reputation as a superior tea.
Which, of course, makes me want to compare. Can anyone recommend a good source for authentic Westlake Dragonwell? It seems like every tea retailer out there has 'dragonwell', but the quality (and the location it comes from) seems to be all over the map, so I'd love any recommendations people might have!
j-z wrote:i heard that higher quality greens tend to mean they have a lighter flavour, is this true? i
oeroe wrote:For me it often seems that the second grade is the most characteristic of given tea. At least with longjing from AGT this is the case (although I've tasted only their wang and jipin).
oeroe wrote:Teaspring doesn't have good Longjing.
oeroe wrote:Amazing Green Tea has good Longjings
bagua7 wrote:Sorry but I have to disagree here. Their quality is similar to that of Jing Tea Shop, both of which I tried their offerings.
I don't trust vendors which use marketing gimmicks about their products:
oeroe wrote:Well, have to admit that personal taste is quite important factor here
oeroe wrote:but I really don't think that Teaspring's LJ is really worth it's cost. Leaves don't look like the to quality for me, and taste was quite flat, I did find it boring. Maybe we appreciate different things in the taste, maybe I got a bad patch.
oeroe wrote:I don't trust vendors which use marketing gimmicks about their products:
Have you tasted their teas? I also dislike that kind of marketing, and their teas aren't exatly to my taste, but their quality is quite high, IMHO.