RedBear wrote:I would urge any serious beginner to stray away from Ten Ren, as far as possible. Aside from the horrendous cost-efficiency, I cannot say how much of their "Taiwan High Mountain" is actually from Taiwan, it seems to be a common practice today for tea shops in Taiwan to order large amount of teas from South Eastern Asia, and mix them with some Taiwan tea. I don't know if Ten Ren does this, but on a personal level, I wouldn't drink Ten Ren even if it was free.
I seriously doubt Ten Ren is doing that. They have enormous contracts with people all the way down the productions line in Taiwan and in China. Also, Ten Ren has some some pretty good teas at pretty good prices. You could do much worse at least. I also wonder if you have ever had tea from Ten Ren.
And to answer the OP, isn't the best place for green tea. Thought I have had a good, but very overpriced one from them.
Well, it's good news that they're not doing that. But god knows what the production line is doing in China, eh?
There are tea shops in Taiwan that buy high mountain tea from China, and there are tea shops in China that are buying from Vietnam / Thailand, etc. But as I have no proof, I will go ahead and not say anything else on the subject.
Now as for tea from Ten Ren, yes, I've tried them before. And for me, even the tea that goes over $100 is undrinkable. I simply can't stand it. I'm sure there are some good tea, but at what cost? Sure you can do much worse, but you can also do much better.