First a little backstory: I'm a veteran tea drinker. I've had the addiction since high school (I am 25 now) and it is my absolutely favorite vice. Being a gracious host with a Turkish/anglo-saxon background I always insist that my guests partake in at least one cup of the leafy beverage. My American friends are always apprehensive at first of the exotic beverage but tend to instantly love it and ask for more.
I drink several cups every day after work as a means to mellow out while I read various books and attempt to write my own prose.
I've tried a couple of samples of the ripe stuff. Decent vintages even. I just simply don't like it. I thoroughly enjoy high mountain Yong Pin Hao (older the better). I wish I could still buy vintage Guangdong pu but it seems the well has dried up on that stuff. Some of the Menghai stuff I have from 06 is good on hot days- very refreshing. Can't bring myself to drink it when it's cold outside.
I'm mostly an oolong drinker. I have a preference for the sweet stuff from Taiwan. Dong Ding, Alishan, Li Shan, GABA, etc. Not a fan of oriental beauty, too western tasting. Is ripe tea simply not for me? I enjoy fresh, floral aroma, fruity aroma; seems to go well on hot days. All the ripe pu that I've sampled just tastes like mud. Is this stuff just not for everybody? I'm sort of put off by camphor, smoke, and earthy flavors.
Any recommendations for a smooth, mellow, SWEET, ripe tea with plenty of pleasant and relaxing qi? Maybe ripe teas "taste" better in cold climates? I'm not sure. Again, I'm quite put off by camphor and smoke. Is ripened pu for me? Should I simply admit my prejudice against the black stuff?
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on Jun 3rd, '13, 21:03, edited 2 times in total.