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Old 08-08-2012, 08:23 PM posted to rec.food.drink.tea
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Default Anyone still drinking Tieguanyin?

On Monday, August 6, 2012 12:02:49 PM UTC-5, Warren Peltier wrote:
Yeah, the Tieguanyin bubble bust because there was too much of a demand, so farmers had to increase pesticide applications and fertilize heavily to increase production. Plus, leaf appearance (green) is particularly important for light floral TGY, another factor for needing pesticide application.



Trouble is, the soil buildup of pesticide residues, the fact that many TGYs are blends from different farms, plus pesticides accumulate in clay soil, and tea plants have natural tendency to absorb nutrients heavily from the soil - all of those factors meant disaster for TGY market.



In China, even much of the domestic market is afraid to drink TGY. It's also perceived as hurting the stomach - so it's a tea not looked upon favorably now.





Wow. If thatís true, it sounds worse than the aftermath of the Puíer




bubble. Maybe itís a similar phenomenon, though: lots of money suddenly




sloshing into a market lacking enough committed consumers to support all




that investment/speculation?




I was saving a small bit of my TGY for autumn hot tea drinking. Should I throw it away instead? Toci