Tead Off wrote:
yshuto wrote:While online retailers are now releasing Autumn Flush teas, I am still drinking teas from the third shipment i have received from Mariage this year.
2011 FF Margaret's Hope. Is is still a great tasting Spring flush tea remaining consistent in it's taste year after year after year. Even this year, contrary to what I have read and heard.
When you say this tea is consistent year after year, it reminds me of Ippodo's teas in Japan where every year there is a consistent flavor that you can expect from their teas. However, there are many small farms both in Japan and Darjeeling that make much more interesting teas than these mainstays. This is one of the reasons I choose to buy other teas from Darjeeling whose flavor and aroma far surpass anything I've ever had from Margaret's Hope and Castleton, IMO. But, taste is subjective and my opinions are only opinions after all.
I always like reading your comments.
I wish we could compare apples to apples for i would like to serve you the FF SFTGFOP Margaret's Hope I purchase each year from Mariage Freres. I have had Margaret's Hope from more online stores, retailers, tea salon's than I can count. Not here in the states but in Japan. The MF Margaret's Hope is on a far superior level. That also holds true for the MF FF Castleton compared to the FF Castleton Moonlight I have had from online retailers.
I go with the mainstay brands as well as the smaller brands, Arya, Orange Valley, Risheehat, Namring, Namring Upper, Bannockburn, Gielle, Bloomfield, Castleton, Happy Valley, Ambootia, Jungpana, Puttabong, Moondakotee, North Tukvar, Thurbo, Margaret's Hope, Princeton Blend, Queen Victoria Blend, Darjeeling Imperial Blend, etc. I have had teas from all of the above, yet since I have not travelled to tea estates, I do not know which you would consider as small farms. I have yet to taste Mim's. I have seen Mim's at one online retailer yet it would probably not the the sames as the Mim's you have purchased.
As for the smaller farm green teas from Japan, that is in my wife's expertise. She has been to and performs tea ceremony so the number of teas she has tasted would eclipse the number of teas I have had.
For Oolongs, I purchase Alishan Oolong, and scented Oolongs from a small tea store in Taiwan each year.
So if it's a good tasting tea, I would be will to try. it does not necessarily have to be mainstay. It does not necessarily have to be expensive. It does not necessarily have to be exotic. it does not necessarily have to be exclusive or rare.
Have a great day and enjoy your tea!