Please Translate An Oolong

Owes its flavors to oxidation levels between green & black tea.


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Please Translate An Oolong

by Tead Off » Oct 23rd, '09, 09:25

I took a sample of this tea from my local Chinese tea seller but didn't recognize the name when I asked him what it was. He was kind enough to stamp a sheet of paper with the 3 different samples I bought from him.

The one on the right is Shui Xian, the middle is Da Hong Pao. But, what is the one on the left side? He kept saying something like A Thousand Li...... or Choi Li Hiang (Yang?) Not sure if he was speaking Mandarin or Zhao Zhou.

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Re: Please Translate An Oolong

by Victoria » Oct 23rd, '09, 09:51

I found a wuyi oolong online called Thousand Step Oolong made by a Liu Guo who "who crafts only small batches of select Oolong varieties each year". Maybe that's it? Never heard of it otherwise, there is very little mention of it.

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Re: Please Translate An Oolong

by gingkoseto » Oct 23rd, '09, 21:25

It's qian li xiang (1000 mile fragrance).
By the way on that label, "wuyi" is partially misspelled :P

Victoria, could that person be Liu Guoying? He is one of the mid-aged gurus of Wuyi tea.

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Re: Please Translate An Oolong

by Tead Off » Oct 24th, '09, 00:44

gingko wrote:It's qian li xiang (1000 mile fragrance).
By the way on that label, "wuyi" is partially misspelled :P

Victoria, could that person be Liu Guoying? He is one of the mid-aged gurus of Wuyi tea.
Thanks, Gingko. That's it. Trying to understand the tea seller trying to explain in 4 different languages, Zhao Zhou, Mandarin, English, Thai.

This is a good tea.

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by Victoria » Oct 24th, '09, 14:00

gingko wrote:It's qian li xiang (1000 mile fragrance).
By the way on that label, "wuyi" is partially misspelled :P

Victoria, could that person be Liu Guoying? He is one of the mid-aged gurus of Wuyi tea.
I don't know, I found it on the internet, but is seems to be only from one source.

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Re: Please Translate An Oolong

by wyardley » Oct 24th, '09, 14:09

I have only tried 2 or 3 qian li xiangs, but they have all been pretty memorable. Definitely not one of the most common, but worth trying if you come across it. Best Tea House sells one, which is quite high fire and pretty oxidized as well. The other ones I've tried have been greener.

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Re: Please Translate An Oolong

by Tead Off » Oct 25th, '09, 01:15

wyardley wrote:I have only tried 2 or 3 qian li xiangs, but they have all been pretty memorable. Definitely not one of the most common, but worth trying if you come across it. Best Tea House sells one, which is quite high fire and pretty oxidized as well. The other ones I've tried have been greener.
This one is a very good find for me as I can get it locally. It is as you describe, high fired and pretty oxidized. Very clean taste and plummy aroma. No astringency, leaving the mouth moist with a bit of tingle. Not woodsy or overly roasted in flavor. All 3 Wuyi that I purchased (samples) will be bought again. The Shui Xian is the biggest surprise. Full chocolate dry leaf aroma with hints of it in the flavor. 2 years old and drunk by my 90 year old tea seller 3x per day!

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Re: Please Translate An Oolong

by TokyoB » Oct 25th, '09, 11:08

Tead Off wrote: All 3 Wuyi that I purchased (samples) will be bought again.
Tead Off - are these organic?

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Re: Please Translate An Oolong

by Tead Off » Oct 26th, '09, 01:16

TokyoB wrote:
Tead Off wrote: All 3 Wuyi that I purchased (samples) will be bought again.
Tead Off - are these organic?

:shock: :cry: :?

I was waiting for someone to ask this. CAUGHT with my hand in the cookie jar.

I asked the seller this question. He said 'he didn't think they used pesticides and they were small farm produced'. Translation: We don't know (probably not). I will buy these to get to know the flavors as these are all better than the Wuyi teas I've gotten from Jingteashop. You see what I'm willing to sacrifice! :D

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