tenuki wrote:Drinking Ali Shan today.
Li Shan traditional style Da Yu Ling Gao Shan Cha is my favorite hands down,
OK, Tenuki, inquiring minds want to know: just what the deuce is "traditional style." Does it mean more oxidized, more roasted, less or either/both, or something else?
It's my understanding that the Gao Shan oolongs (Taiwanese "high mountain" oolongs grown at the highest elevations) have only become so popular relatively recently. And is a "traditional" Dong Ding (grown at a lower elevation) traditional for the same reasons as the Gao Shan?
The traditional Ali Shan you mention here, is that the TeaHome one that you bring up later in this same thread?
Finally, are Hou De's Taiwan oo's among your favorites generally? (I think you may have already answered this one at some time in the past, but I have forgotten.)
Well, keep in mind I have no idea what I'm talking about, really. any info I have is second hand from my real tea geek friends and the same internet you are on but I'll do my best.
As far as I can tell 'traditional style' teas tend to have more mouth/soupy feel and are a bit less green. there is also some undefinable to me thing also, sort of like the 'appellation' qualities of a good wine. I think, at least for Gao Shan's it refers to the process followed to oxidize the tea (traditional style is more labor intensive I think) as well, but someone else should answer that who's been there and actually knows. I believe that is true for Dong Dings as well but I don't know for sure.
I don't think the Ali Shan I'm drinking right now is 'traditional style', the only traditional style Ali Shan's I've found I got at Floating Leaves Tea (who has traditional Li Shan,etc too), I've seen 'traditional style' Li Shans and Dong Dings around at other vendors, and the Legund of Tung Ting from Teahome is 'traditional style'(and my favorite Tung Ting too).
I wouldn't put too much stock in it until you drink some from a good source, people can just say their tea is 'traditional style' , just as anyone can claim 'Da Yu Ling'.
And yes, I have gotten consistently good Gao Shan tea from Hou De and would recommend them.
Please, someone who knows answer these questions!