茶藝-TeaArt08 wrote:The tea happened, during testing and brewing, to not be so good and lacked some of the qualities that Fang Laoshi distinctly associates with a good, winter harvest, I believe it was a He Huan Shan, tea.
So is this gaoshan an inferior one?
Care you explain this a bit more? Thanks.
Yes, no problem. In the situation you quoted Fang Laoshi was merely saying, and I believe he was speaking from his familiarity with general notes of the tea from a specific area of He Huan Shan, possibly, in that exact situation the specific tea from a specific farm/area on He Huan Shan, I don't exactly recall, that the specific tea we brewed that day
It's just that in the situation I related where we were tasting/brewing another student's He Huan Shan tea at Qiu Shan Tang teahouse that this student's specific tea (again a brand/seller of Taiwan I forgot the name of(edit: I looked in my notes and the tea was a Wang's Teahouses He Huan Shan tea)) appeared to be blended and inconsistent in both the color, style, and size of the leaves therein. As well, it did not produce a great quality tea brew/liquor for what the tea was purported to be, according to Fang Laoshi and all whom tasted it. Not having first hand dealings with buying tea from Taiwan farmers and not having Silent Chaos's experience of having to evaluate batch after batch of tea to bring to market, I remain uncertain about how much blending of superior tea leaves with inferior tea leaves takes place. It's only that, and my wife and I were just reflecting on this tonight, we were told by so many friends or vendors associated with tea in Taiwan, while in Taiwan, that blending of superior leaves with inferior leaves was a problem. Here I completely, and rather unfairly, defer to Silent Chaos's experience.
He Huan Shan is an area in the mid point of the Cross Island Hwy. composed of 7 mountain peaks that has many good teas/farms associated with it/near it. In fact, the Da Yu Ling farm (松露茶園...105.5km mark), though not part of He Huan Shan, is near (northeast of) the He Huan Shan area's north peak at 2700 meters above sea level (purportedly the highest tea farm in the world). (http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!kaJ90YSTR ... .O/profile
I remain grateful for all in this forum that encourage me to educate my own ignorance, whose daily practice and path of tea encourages my own, and for the free and detailed exchange of knowledge and experience that takes place here.
Silent Chaos, thank you again for your willingness to share your experience.
I offer everyone a sincere bow.