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08/04: 2010 Spring Tea Trip, Part VII

Can you tell which tea is better by just examining them from broken pieces?

I was giving the task one day by a tea supplier whose hometown was in Youle mountain, and two pieces of tea broken-off were presented. Which tea is better? Could you tell without brewing them up?

I looked at the surface of tea broken-off, they looked very similar. I smelled them close-up, and compared them again. Then I said: this one.

The guy looked at me, and seemed to be surprised, 'Holy smoke, you are an expert!". I laughed and considered this as a game. We brewed up both, indeed, the 'better' tea is better.

Then I was given a few new tea samples to take home to try. Maybe there is a hidden treasure.

The next day afternoon, my sister-in-law handed me a cup of tea while I was at my computer. By its looking, it is a good amber soup with nice aroma. I took a small sip, and asked her, "Did you brew my American Hao 0904?" She said: "Nope, it's the tea sample you got yesterday."

"Really? it cannot be". I suspected, since it tasted remarkly similar to our American Hao 0904. I asked her to give me the bag she got the tea.

I was delighted when I looked at the bag, it was one of those tea samples I got yesterday.

I picked up the phone and called my supplier right away. He confirmed it was a 2010 Youle mountain early spring tea, and guaranteed that it was 100% harvested from the big trees in Youle mountain. He even sweared that he would offer 200% refund if there was a single leave found from a plantation tea field. Pure, and it was a truly Youle Zhengshan big tree harvest. Well, I liked the taste, and the price was fair. I wanted it!

Now we got our American Hao 1001, the first 2010 production.

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