I got to order some tea again. Looking back, it seems that I order my tea once a year. I think I should force myself to write a little something about every tea I drink: a little grasping for words, a little poetry, something, so that I can remember them, work on what I like and why I like it. Finding a language to think about tea, to grow beyond that vague “yeah, I like green tea.”
As always, I started out by putting some Japanese green tea in my basket and then I ended up removing the Bancha from Kyushu (because I wanted to try more Chinese tea) and the Shincha from Yame (because that’s the tea I’m drinking right now).
If you haven’t tried green tea, or you only drink tea from tea bags, I wrote a little introduction the other day on how to prepare Japanese green tea “for beginners”.
- Sencha Uji Special (3JSU), May 2020, Japan / Kyoto / Wazuka; buying this one because I’ve been on that train through Uji; looking; looking out of the train window, it doesn’t look like tea country at all
- Sencha Zairai (3JSZ), May 2020, Japan / Shizuoka / Kawanehon; buying this one because it says that they leave the leaves lying on the ground for a night between harvest and processing
- Gen Mai Bancha (3JGB), July 2019, Japan / Kagoshima; buying this one because I like a simple tea every now and then and that roasted rice is wonderful
- Yunnan Beauty (5CYB), May 2021, China / Yunnan / Pu’er / Lancang / Xiaoxinzhai; buying this one because I wanted some Oriental Beauty (东方美人) (the sweeter oolong tea from plants that is supposedly being eaten by insects); this one is from China instead of Taiwan and therefore a lot cheaper (Superior Beauty from Taiwan / Xinbei / Xinzhu costs 4½× as much)
- Wuyi Oolong Grade 2 (5CW2), May 2019, China / Fujian / Wuyishan / Kengkou; buying this because I love Wuyi Rock Tea (武夷岩茶); last year I bought the Grade 1 variant from Guojiafengjingqu; let’s see whether I like this one as much at ¾× the price
- Shu Xiang Chun (3CSX), April 2020, China / Sichuan / Leshan / Mabian; buying this one because I looked at the categories and knew I didn’t want Bian Xing Cha (扁形茶), Zhen Xing Cha (针形茶), or Zhu Cha (珠茶), so it had to be either Mao Jian (毛尖), Mao Feng (毛峰), or Mei Cha (眉茶) and so I picked Mei Cha and a tea in my price range – it’ll be interesting to drink tea from Sichuan
- Qi Men Mao Feng (6CQM), May 2020, China / Anhui / Huangshan / Qimen / Xiyuan; buying this one because I also wanted a black tea (“red” tea) from China; also my book says Qi Hong or Keemun (祁红) has a chocolaty taste and are a bit sweet
- Mini Cakes 2019 (7MINIA), March/April 2019, China / Yunnan; buying this set of Pu Er tea (生茶) because it has a tiny 7g cake from each of six different mountains: Jinggu, Yiwushan, Youleshan, Mengsong, Nannuoshan, Bulangshan; when I tried Pu Er by Twinings, it tasted like a grandmother’s attic, I was not impressed; let’s give Pu Er another try!
If you want to look up Chinese tea terms, there’s Bablecarp, brought to you by friendly Lew Perin, who is also on Mastodon: @babelcarp.
Use the codes in brackets to find the entries on the shop’s site, use the Chinese phrases to look things up on Babelcarp.