arcticfox wrote:Lordsbm: Thank you for all the suggestions! I will look into them, maybe try to read some customer reviews with my limited Chinese skills.
MarshalN wrote:I would strongly recommend against asking your mom to bring you any tea, especially if she's not herself a big drinker. You are much more likely to get consistently decent tea from online sources that do cater to the Western market than you are randomly walking into some tea store in China and hoping for the best. More likely than not your mom will end up with teas that are sub-par, not to your liking, or just generally not good value for money. It's never, ever, a good idea to get someone to buy tea for you if you can't tell them exactly what you are looking for.
jayinhk wrote:I'm going to say get a 2005 or earlier 7542 from a Taobao seller with at least a few 4.9s in his or her ratings, and pick up some samples too. No way in heck you'd be able to get tea that cheap in Canada. SInce you're into oolongs, I'd buy some on there too. Look for sellers with better rep who are popular. You pick the tea and then have mom buy it for you and carry it over.
As for brewing, I use water around 95 degrees C for sheng as I feel it keeps the bitterness down well.
arcticfox wrote:jayinhk wrote:Thanks! I have my eyes on a couple of vendors that seem very popular with high ratings. I figure at prices like this, even if I end up with low quality stuff, I only wasted a few dollars on "tuition" I've already got some oolongs picked out as well. I'm far more familiar with oolongs and greens so I might spend a bit more.