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Old 27-09-2010, 02:07 PM posted to rec.food.drink.tea
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Default A big SF Chinatown disappointment

I mentioned in a recent post about an exciting tea I found in SF
Chinatown. It is called Virgin Angel from Vital Leaf. It bubbles and
tumbles while brewing. It was served in a wine glass to impress.
When staring into the wine glass you were reminded how long it must
take to harvest those miniscule leaves. As it turns out I have some
that does the same thing under the general classification called
bitter tea. These are from other plants besides tea. My two versions
are called Tianmu Yunding and Tianshan Lushui. I think the bubbling
is released carbon dioxide from partial photosensitization. I will
say I like the taste better than the two I have. It is pleasing
tauting bitter. It should it was far more expensive. You can buy one
called Kuding which is cheap. That one is from the Holly plant. It
is big leaf. It comes in needle or pearl form. There is no visual
excitement while brewing. It is harshly bitter but survivable. The
other disappointment is the high price of teas in the hundreds and
hundreds of dollars per pound. It wasnt just one store. I got one
called Bamboo which is grown in the shade of the stalk in the Panda
preserve in Sichuan. You pay for the location.


PS I didnt make my usual rounds while in Chinatown. It was the fall
festival with booths and crowds on closed streets. I did enjoy my
gongfu time at Vital Leaf. At one end was the tourists, at the other
the Chinese which is where I sat. The hostess was from the mainland
and everybody spoke Mandarin but me. I got use to that in Albuquerque
where everybody on the city bus spoke Spanish but me. I did guess the
mystery tea Taiwan Milk which gave me instant credibility. There is a
hole in the wall gongfu shoppe on Stockton which I highly recommend.
It is a couple of streets up from Grant which is the main Chinatown

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