Oni wrote:This was a prime example of the real power of teachat, now we all order from Rich Barbarian, and we will make him even richer if his tea is really better than other on the market.
Don't worry, Herb, you didn't make it sound like the best tea in all the world, and those leaves do not look like the highest quality, but I'm sure everyone will have a few good cups of tea from it. I think most of these names -- King, Wang, Supreme, etc -- are marketing hype and only tell you about the relative quality within a vendor's lineup, something the price tag also tells you.Herb_Master wrote: I hope noone is disappointed - it as after all (as pointed out elsewhere on the thread) "only a Summer Pick.
gingko wrote:Yeah! I checked out the store again and they do have autumn harvest now. Then I think I will get some too
Salsero wrote:The picture on the site is of a female. Now, I am wondering if the Autumn maybe just came out ... it seems a little late, but maybe.Herb_Master wrote: ... maybe I should check with him [though I thought I was talking to a her!] ...
Salsero wrote:Yes, December may have been an earlier harvest. Contact the Barbarian to find out. The suspense is killing me!Herb_Master wrote: I placed my order in late december
If you did get the old one, I would be happy send you a couple bags of mine when it comes. The comparison could be interesting!
Herb_Master wrote: - I feel I am going to have to order the Autumn versions -
Can Sai Jin Pin Guan Yin Wang - Autumn 2008
Hong Xin Te Chun Guan Yin Wang - Autumn 2008
Jiu Jiu Jiu - Autumn 2008
Te Ji Guan Yin - Autumn 2008
Bai Mu Guan Yin - Autumn 2008
Li Li Xiang Guan Yin - **Spring 2008**
Wan Ling met with Joshua from Ri Shi tea today. Taking a look at there website there may be some interesting info for you. The Japanese travelogue was an eye opener for me.
Happy tea drinking,
James and Wan Ling
SMC, I think the passage below may be of special interest to yourself;
The Japanese word Kabuse means ‘wrapped.’ It is common to see Kabuse or wrapped tea bushes throughout Japan. Wrapping the tea bush facilitates a slower growing leaf that has deeper color concentration, less astringency and more L-Theanine amino acid. This amino acid is vital in providing the “umami,” or delicious, savory flavor found in high end Japanese tea. The bushes are typically wrapped for 4-5 days just before harvest. This photo shows a tea bush that was half wrapped to demonstrate the impact wrapping has on leaf color. The deeper green portion of the tea bush represents the part that was wrapped and the lighter yellowish green portion represents the part of the bush that was not wrapped.
Facts and Information: www.wanlingteahouse.com
Online European teashop: www.wanlingteahouse.co.uk