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Old 16-01-2006, 11:31 PM posted to rec.food.drink.tea
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I've just discovered a great Asian supermarket not far from my house. I
picked up some teas and I was wondering if they are any good. They a

A bancha green tea by Shirakiku

Green Tea by Yamamotoyama

Tung Ting Oolong Tea by Mese Hsin Tung Yang Foods Co., San Fransisco

I am really eager to try the oolong because I've never had an oolong tea
before......what is it like and what is best brewing temp/time?

Thanks,
Pete




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ostaz wrote:
Tung Ting Oolong Tea by Mese Hsin Tung Yang Foods Co., San Fransisco

I am really eager to try the oolong because I've never had an oolong tea
before......what is it like and what is best brewing temp/time?


tung ting is actually kind of a green oolong, and basically chinese
restaurant tea. 185-195F is about where you want it. It is a low to
mid grade tea. Probably a good introduction to oolong, but a loose leaf
oolong that is a little stronger will be more representative of Oolong.

oolongs are great and my fiance's favorite.

My favorite asian store find was Peoples Republic of China, Fujian
import company Jasmine Green tea. It is a yellow and gold tin and very
good.

Bancha is not a favorite of mine, I prefer sencha, which is available
at your local market.

Tea is just one delight to be had at a local asian market. Roast Pork
buns, Kim-che or Shin Ramen noodle soup, Ramune soda, Lychee's (a
canned fruit in syrup that is to die for), and more.

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Never had any of those teas by those companies, but if they're in bags,
try to find them in loose leaf, as the quality will be much improved,
particularly the oolong.

I'm not a fan of bancha, so I think it's fine in a bag. LOL.

Your Asian grocer probably also sells some teapots or "infuser mugs"
with strainers already built into them for your convenient tea brewing
if you do find some loose leaf stuff you'd like to try.

Best of luck!

~J

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Never had any of those teas by those companies, but if they're in bags,
try to find them in loose leaf, as the quality will be much improved,
particularly the oolong.

I'm not a fan of bancha, so I think it's fine in a bag. LOL.

Your Asian grocer probably also sells some teapots or "infuser mugs"
with strainers already built into them for your convenient tea brewing
if you do find some loose leaf stuff you'd like to try.

Best of luck!

~J

http://www.livejournal.com/community/puerh_tea
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonf


Thanks, I did buy them loose leaf. The oolong is quite good. My wife took
the whole pot!! I think I will quickly become a fan of oolong tea. I have
a small Asian tea set that I bought from an Asian grocery that seems to do
the trick. I have a Greek coffee briki that I heat the water in for the
tea.

Pete


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ostaz wrote:
Tung Ting Oolong Tea by Mese Hsin Tung Yang Foods Co., San Fransisco

I am really eager to try the oolong because I've never had an oolong tea
before......what is it like and what is best brewing temp/time?


tung ting is actually kind of a green oolong, and basically chinese
restaurant tea. 185-195F is about where you want it. It is a low to
mid grade tea. Probably a good introduction to oolong, but a loose leaf
oolong that is a little stronger will be more representative of Oolong.

oolongs are great and my fiance's favorite.

My favorite asian store find was Peoples Republic of China, Fujian
import company Jasmine Green tea. It is a yellow and gold tin and very
good.

Bancha is not a favorite of mine, I prefer sencha, which is available
at your local market.

Tea is just one delight to be had at a local asian market. Roast Pork
buns, Kim-che or Shin Ramen noodle soup, Ramune soda, Lychee's (a
canned fruit in syrup that is to die for), and more.


The tea is all loose leaf, which I hope makes a difference. I've had the
jasmine tea in the yellow and gold tin.....it' rather astringent but it's
GREAT for a hoarse or sore throat (I'm a singer).

Pete




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ostaz wrote:
The tea is all loose leaf, which I hope makes a difference. I've had the
jasmine tea in the yellow and gold tin.....it' rather astringent but it's
GREAT for a hoarse or sore throat (I'm a singer).


Yes, the jasmine green in the yellow and gold tin is not a high quality
green jasmine but does OK for a quick cup or iced. Don;t let it steep
too long as it gets bitter fast.

I can;t remember the name but there is an oolong in my Asian store that
comes loose inside of a cardboard cylinder and it is some of the
highest quality oolong I've had. I'll try to catch the name next time I
go.

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ostaz wrote:
The tea is all loose leaf, which I hope makes a difference. I've had the
jasmine tea in the yellow and gold tin.....it' rather astringent but it's
GREAT for a hoarse or sore throat (I'm a singer).


Yes, the jasmine green in the yellow and gold tin is not a high quality
green jasmine but does OK for a quick cup or iced. Don;t let it steep
too long as it gets bitter fast.


I think it gets old fast as well. I'm not sure how long it lasts in the
tin.


I can;t remember the name but there is an oolong in my Asian store that
comes loose inside of a cardboard cylinder and it is some of the
highest quality oolong I've had. I'll try to catch the name next time I
go.



Yes, mine came in a cardboard cylinder as well....it seems to be good
quality.

Pete




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