SFLouis wrote:Last week I asked around here looking to see if anyone knew where to look for puerh in Bangkok. Some people said to stop by Ong's tea & maybe try Chinatown, but I believe I may have happened upon a gem. There is a small tea shop in Silom, near Chong Nonsi station, that we happened upon yesterday and wound up drinking good ancient tree teas with the owner for like 3+ hours. The shop is called J.R.T., and the owner is Paula Chan. It was really very good. I bought a cake of 2009 Yongzhen hand-braided Lincang old tree tea, and I plan to go back before returning to the US. I highly recommend it if you haven't been. Photos forthcoming if you want them.
theredbaron wrote:Very interesting! Thanks a lot.
I haven't been in that area in a long time. Photos would be very much appreciated. Looking from the river, is it before or past Chong Nonsi intersection, left or right?
Tead Off wrote:Get off on the Riverside of the station and walk back towards Silom. Very close to the last stairway of the BTS.
theredbaron wrote:Tead Off wrote:Get off on the Riverside of the station and walk back towards Silom. Very close to the last stairway of the BTS.
Thanks a lot.
If i understand you right, the shop is on Narathiwat Road, close to Silom? I rarely go by BTS, i always ride my motorcycle.
SFLouis wrote:, but I believe I may have happened upon a gem.
theredbaron wrote:Yes, definitely a gem!
I had a lunch meeting in the area today, and went afterwards to the shop. It's a gallery for Chinese paintings, with one side of the wall for Pu Erh. Paula is at least as much a tea lover as a tea seller, is Chinese and lives in Thailand since 10 years. For non-Mandarin speakers, she speaks excellent Thai, and also English.
No big factory teas, just smaller factory, and mostly wild tree, old tree and ancient tree teas (and some cooked Pu Erh, with which i did not bother with). I spent about 2 hours drinking tea with her, and bought 2 cakes of 2008 hand-braided Lincang tea.
Thanks a lot for the tip!
Rui wrote:Many thanks for all the info. Does this shop have a web presence of some form please?
lysander wrote:There is a great pu'er specialist at Thanya Park, I went there a few days ago and had a monster tasting session with the owner for several hours, he has loads of quality stock. He's very friendly, his English isn't great but if you speak a little Thai you can communicate, he said his wife speaks good English, she was away at the time, I'll be going back soon!
ps: if you happen on any decent shops in Bangkok for Yixing pots let me know.
Tead Off wrote:Rui wrote:Many thanks for all the info. Does this shop have a web presence of some form please?
AFAIK, she has no web presence. I know the shop well, but Teadezhang is on a different level, carrying higher grade teas, in general.