18/11: On ripe Pu-erh tea, Part III

As a tea merchant, I too have a test to pass. When I met up with a new vendor, she/he would cheerfully offer me two teas to try, and ask me which was better and why?

Sometimes, the same tea were offered, but with a different appearance and price tag. Some other times, the good one was actually looked terrible while the bad one looked really good.

Unsually, the one with a higher price tag got a good remark - if you did that, you were dead in the water!

Come on, it starts with your common sense and your taste buds.

The best was that you could tell which tea was came from a 'wet' storage, and it was belonged to a plantation tea field in Lincang or Menghai area. The better yet, you could also name the mountain where the tea came from.

You had to do it with confidence.

Once I passed the test, he/she knew who she/he was dealing with, the talks became much more friendly, and you had a better choice of her/his inventory. After all, we were on the same page.

‘It's easier to get on to the business this way', one vendor revealed. 'If the buyer has no clue on a tea, why bother?' So, let's get into the game.

Fortunately, we were talking about the ripe tea, I can drink this stuff all day long, as long as a washroom was closed by.

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Beautiful thoughts reminds me of Zen poem:

Who says my poems are poems?
My poems are not poems.
When you know that my poems are not poems,
Then we can speak of poetry.

Ryōkan (1758–1831)
21/11 14:14:53

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