From teaguardian's author/site owner Leo Kwan in response to an email I sent alerting them to the issue:
Thank you very much for warning us of the copyright infringement incident. It seems to me that the site you named is copying materials from a few sources, including some writings I did before Tea Guardian. This is common in Mainland Chinese behavior, however depressing the situation is
Lol, Leo is Chinese so I don't think TC member Ginko can get upset about any 'cultural' stereotype implications
Hmm, to answer Oni's question here and on other threads in trying to get the best quality teas for 'eye-of-the-beholder' 'cheaper' 'more reasonable prices'
IIRC, there have been some comments already about JerryMa's less that 'great' quality teas, at what seem like bargain prices...much lower than Dragon Tea House. But then not *everyone* thinks DTH has the real 'quality' teas...only you can decide for yourself, unfortunately. I see all kinds of ratings good and bad on Steepster.
How about that AAAAA Long Jing or AAA+ DHP?http://www.ebay.com/itm/2011-Pre-Ming-S ... 3f08e8486d
Think I'd rather have the microscopic sized just forming buds in the AAAAAAAAAAAAA+++++
grade- surely it must better than all the others >>> does tea master processing really matter at all?
I do give credit for detailed images showing sizes of various grades of LJ they are selling.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Special-Grade-D ... 415b5862fe
! For AAA+ grade, surely must be the highest quality ever! Can at least give JerryMa credit for naming the 'brand' manufacturer/distributor of that particular tea.http://www.ebay.com/itm/2011-Spring-Sup ... 3f089e3b8c
^unfortunately, as with almost *all* tea sellers, there is no way to distinguish what various grades actually denote/define>>>what is the difference btw "supreme & premium", or super this, or "royal" "imperial" that???:http://teamasters.blogspot.com/2009/06/ ... om-lu.html
Stephane on Lu Shan tea:
It's not easy to get me excited with Jinxuan Oolong. That's why I don't select it very often. The vast majority are high yield, low elevation productions aimed at beginners (= cheap and fragrant). They are to tea what rosé is to wine drinkers.
And yet, there are some specialized wineries that make very good rosé. Likewise, there are also some excellent Jinxuan Oolongs to be found. What you need are good ingredients: a high mountain plantation, good spring weather and a farmer dedicated to quality.