bagua7 wrote:I have been fortunate to been invited to drink an aged da hong pao cake (late 70s, early 80s, the owner doesn't remember, big thank you from here Tony ) which send me straight to the heaven realms. How pure was it? Who cares really, it was very nice and was loaded with good mature Qi. Aside from that, of all the wuyi teas I have tried I enjoyed the commercial DHP purchased from Postcard Teas and Bai Ji Guan from TeaSpring...if I have to pick one would be DHP.
The problem I find is accessing these teas online and catered to the Western market...how good are they compared to the ones found in shops in Chinese speaking communities in Asia (mainland China, Taiwan, HK, KL, etc.) is something I would like to know.
Has anyone done this comparison?
Great to hear that you have tried the old DHP. A good tea is a good that good for you. The name is just what the tea vendor told us.
I am on the other extreme. I have never buy tea online before. Just lucky that I am based in South East Asia and I travell a lot to HK, Taiwan, Malaysia, Spore and China. All the tea I have bought over the last 2-3 decades are from teahouse which I tasted before buying. Most people I know here buy from teahouse after thorough sampling and evaluation of the tea.
That has its advantages and disadvantages as well. Many teahouse have their way of presenting their tea from the very honest to the very unscroupulous ones. But I learned that, in tea purchasing and also in antiques, we should buy with our eyes and taste not with our ears. Most often than not, the stories of the tea they sell is far too convincing.
I usually buy a small quantity and evaluate the tea like a mad scientist before committing more.
Will try some online purchase in future for curiousity.
G'day to you mate.