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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by brandon » Feb 14th 10 9:39 pm

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For Chinese New Year, a friend visited in the afternoon for tea. We started with a side-by-side of two Oriental Beauties from The Tea Gallery's recent trip.

In the 3rd cup I did a few fast brews of first flush Darjeeling for a comparison.

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We also drank 2 Lao Cong Shui Xian (2003 and 2008). Both good but neither really hit the spot, so I added a high fire 90s LCSX to the mix. (far left)

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by brad4419 » Feb 15th 10 1:08 am

Thanks for all the pictures Brandon I love your setup.

Im having some nice rou gui today.

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by chicagopotter » Feb 15th 10 10:42 pm

brad4419 wrote:Im having some nice rou gui today.
Where do you get your Rou Gui from? I'm looking to try some here in the future...

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by Chip » Feb 15th 10 11:28 pm

Speaking of Rou Gui, I like the "natural" cassia that one can impart. But I have read that some vendors or otherwise have added either cinnamon or similar in order to "artificially" create this in the profile.

Is this a common practice that one should be looking for? I have had Rou Gui that impressed me, yet now I wonder if I was duped?

Oh, drinking some Li Shan from "someone's grandmother." :wink:

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by iannon » Feb 16th 10 12:08 am

Chip wrote:Speaking of Rou Gui, I like the "natural" cassia that one can impart. But I have read that some vendors or otherwise have added either cinnamon or similar in order to "artificially" create this in the profile.

Is this a common practice that one should be looking for? I have had Rou Gui that impressed me, yet now I wonder if I was duped?

Oh, drinking some Li Shan from "someone's grandmother." :wink:
mm..and how is the Li Shan from someone's grandmother? Ive been drinking me a bit of Li Shan myself..although not from anyones GM that i know of. Still enjoying mt tea from taiwan samples..but now that i want to order some they are on holiday ( Taiwan post office that is)

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by Maitre_Tea » Feb 16th 10 12:16 am

Chip wrote:Oh, drinking some Li Shan from "someone's grandmother." :wink:
I recall a while ago that i swapped some Japanese greens for some Taiwanese oolongs, including a Li Shan from my grandmother. Is this the tea in question? How is it? Coincidentally, I'm drinking this exact same tea now, but from my second bag.

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by Chip » Feb 16th 10 12:23 am

Heh, yeah Maitre_Tea. I had a small amount of "A" sample left. Very nice green oolong. Thanks for the swap.

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by brad4419 » Feb 16th 10 12:28 am

chicagopotter wrote:
brad4419 wrote:Im having some nice rou gui today.
Where do you get your Rou Gui from? I'm looking to try some here in the future...

I wish I could be more helpful but this is the first rou gui I have ever had so I can't really compare its quality to anywhere else's. This rou gui is from dragonteahouse on ebay and I do enjoy it a lot. This spring Im hopeing to try jingteashops rou gui so I can compare the two.

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by iannon » Feb 16th 10 5:35 am

dang Taiwanese postal service! down for 2 weeks almost! BAH! although...maybe they really know how to party in Taiwan

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by cindyt » Feb 16th 10 8:10 pm

iannon wrote:dang Taiwanese postal service! down for 2 weeks almost! BAH! although...maybe they really know how to party in Taiwan
I just checked their website and it states they are only closed from 2/14-2/21..

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by iannon » Feb 17th 10 12:21 am

cindyt wrote:
iannon wrote:dang Taiwanese postal service! down for 2 weeks almost! BAH! although...maybe they really know how to party in Taiwan
I just checked their website and it states they are only closed from 2/14-2/21..
fine fine 1 week! whaa. lol

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by cindyt » Feb 17th 10 12:43 am

iannon wrote: fine fine 1 week! whaa. lol
Haha :)
1 week is ok for Chinese New Year but 2 weeks is too much!

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by Chip » Feb 17th 10 5:37 am

First time in years since I had Fenghuang Shui Xian ... in fact it was this same one that has been sitting around since 2005 waiting for another chance. It was quite a bit better than I remember it, on steep number 7 and it seems to be getting better with each steep.

Amazingly, this was from H&S ... they do occasionally offer a pretty good oolong.

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by Victoria » Feb 17th 10 7:16 pm

I'm having what was once one of the best oolongs I ever tasted. It is from Jing Tea Shop from the Anxi Tasting set. It is a TGY from Long Juan. Still this is a great TGY. I have about 30g left, I have been saving.

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Re: What Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by brandon » Feb 23rd 10 11:57 pm

Today's mission:
Mainlining high fire Anxi.

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