I'm just so excited, I can't contain myself. As I've mentioned, my brother currently lives in China. Not long ago, he mentioned sending me a few samples of teas from one of the local tea shops he frequents in Wuhan. Expecting a small box, I was thrilled to find a large one handed to me at the Post Office when I went to pick it up.
I figured there was a good chance some of the box was sort of stuffed to prevent things from bumping around. But I was wrong! Every last inch was packed to the brim with tea (and a gorgeous set of tea cups)!
I unpacked it all on camera so I can send the video to Greg, so I won't necessarily get into the exact excitement as I opened each item. Besides, I'm pretty sure you can all get a good idea just from knowing me or reading my blog, oh... ever!
I will, however, list out the teas he sent me with his annotations from the handy-dandy list he wrote out for me!
|The Ya Bao tea|
- Ya Bao: From the ends of certain Pu-eh branches, like a white tea, but ages well.
- Da Hong Pao: An oolong from Fujian across the strait from Taiwan - spicy red flavor
- Jin Jun Mei - Golden Horse's Eyebrow: A really nice Fujian red tea
- Tie Guan Yin: Most famous Fujian tea, from Anxi county - given by tea-shop-owner friend, from his family's plantation.
- Ren Shen Wu Long: Ginseng oolong - the kind you like - from Taiwan usually - oolong (wu long) means "black dragon" incidentally [sidebar: I actually learned that recently in my reading! Woohoo!]
- Huang Zhi Xiang: From Guangdong province - yellow branch fragrant - literally translated. Don't know much about it.
- An Hua Hei Cha: An Hua black/dark tea - a kind of long-aging tea from Hunan - I just discovered this stuff. The saying in Anhua is, "A father buys PU-erh for his son to drink. A grandfather buys Anhua Hicha for his grandson to drink." This is a new tea, as in this one I'm sending you is not aged very long.
- Yue Guang Bai: This time in cake form
- Pu-erh Shoucha: Olive wrapper - a "cooked" pu-erh from 2007. Fujia brand name
- Pu-erh Shengcha: Orange wrapper - 2007 raw Pu-erh from the same company - brews orange - quite well aged for a 2007
Needless to say, I'm very excited to try these out! Oh, and one final thing....
Geoffrey in a Chinese Box!