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12/05: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part VI

We were pretty much confident on buying great Pu-erh teas, but our purchasing experience with other teas were hit and miss.

Coming to May, I did nothing much but spent hours with other teas.

First I went to a number of specialty tea shops for Black Tea. From the high end, I tried a tea that sold for over $ 700 per kilo, a China Black for $ 300 per kilo and to the low end, I swallowed a few that sold for less than $ 10 per kilo (bad!). After days, and after hours, I learnt a thing or two on Yunnan Black I had never known before. In the end, I finally made my decision on which Yunnan Black to buy, and now I was much more confident about them.

As for Wuyi Rock tea, I did the same, and had little luck. Most Wuyi rock teas sold in Kunming were substandard, they basically called every Oolong tea as Dahongpao. The asking price was about 2-3 times more than a decent Pu-erh, yet the taste was bad. Especially the throat feeling after drinking, I felt dry and uncomfortable. Disappointed I was close to give it all up.

Learnt from my past Pu-erh tea chasing experience, you had to go to the birth place of Wuyi rock tea to find a decent Wuyi rock tea. So I made my move.

I got in touch with a tea factory in a village called 'Wuyi Rock Tea Village', Nanping, Fujian - the place for genuine Wuyi Rock Tea and found a few Wuyi rock teas that definitely met my requirements in terms of taste.

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You lucky folks in USA would be able to enjoy the same best teas I found!

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I really have liked the wuyi oolongs you have carried, looking forward to trying these.
17/05 21:05:39

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