dr-ivan wrote:Well, that did certainly not work as expected... Drawing symbols was not as easy as I thought - there are still many I cannot decipher, either because I can't find the symbol or because they are so stylized that I cannot see how they are supposed to be drawn. OCR programs also work poorly due to the latter.
For example for the pu-erh ball tea, I was able to make out "big/great" and " ball tea"... However I was unable to find the second symbol - no matter what I did.
Unless you know stroke order and are familiar with Chinese characters, attempting to duplicate them by drawing is a fruitless matter, and the computer software won't recognize what it is you're attempting to draw.
The pu that you have is a Dayi tuo cha. Dayi is the brand. Tuo cha is simply a small, mushroom-cap-shaped pressing, as opposed to a bing cha, which is a saucer-shaped cake of tea. It's probably cheap shu pu, as are most tuos.
Adding to TyokoB's comment, here is what I can tell you -
2 west lake long jing (dragonwell)
4 something called "haomai" tea - perhaps an herbal or tisane?
5 Dayi tuocha
6 "Black brick" tea from Anhui province
7 same as #6
8 green tea, generic
9 kuding cha - "bitter tea"
10 something called "xinyang maojian" - maojian sounds familiar ("tip of the hair")
11 tie guan yin
12 bi luo chun