I got a couple of questions on the 'Golden Needle Red Tea' I posted pictures of yesterday
and though I would share a couple of things with you about that tea.
1) I'm blessed with a clever, resourceful and thoughtful wife. She was out of town last week to Kansas City on business. She tries to bring me back something tea related when she goes on her yearly trip, but I was pretty doubtful she would be successful in KC. Corn or BBQ maybe, but tea?? But she evidently found Shang Tea! She knows how picky I am about tea (she's seen me toss out expensive tea I just got in the mail in disgust on first taste) and usually buys teaware instead, but the story she told of visiting the shop three times to check on the staff and owner, and talking with the owner about how picky I was, etc was pretty funny. She was even thoughtful enough to buy two small bags of it instead of one larger one so it wouldn't go stale. This is a die hard coffee fiend btw, she does not drink tea or care about tea at all.
2) This Golden Needle Red Tea is very similar to Yunnan Gold but comes from Fujian province instead of Yunnan. I was just amused by the vendor name, very chinese and not clued into the 'westernized' name ( probably would be Fujian Gold ). Red tea from china is essentially black tea (supposedly slightly less fermented, but black), needles generally indicates white tea varietal, so all the clues were there. It strikes me funny that 'Red Tea' means Rooibos over here, which isn't even a tea. Ah well, what do you expect from starbucks land - they have Chai Tea Latte on their menu, what is 'Tea Tea' exactly?? Anyway, it's a pretty decent chinese red tea, not my absolute fav, but a good daily drinker and perfect timing since I've recently been exploring Yunnan Gold, but haven't ever had 'Fujian Gold'.
3) Did I mention I'm blessed with a clever, resourceful and thoughtful wife?