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Tea Appreciation

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Mandrake9072, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. MSchapiro

    MSchapiro Senior member

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    Interesting comparison.

    I have always liked both.

    Postcard sold a Long Jing by Master Luo for something like 250GBP for 10 grams worth. I was fortunate enough to try it once. Was absolutely incredible, but then Tim (the owner) had us try another one of the premium Long Jings by him (sold for something like 25GBP for 20g) and it was actually the favorite taste wise among the group. So a lot of it really comes down to preference.

    I still remember what a great tasting that was.

    Here's an interview with Master Luo if you are curious:
    http://www.postcardteas.com/site/our-masters/interviews-with-master-luo-part-1/
     
  2. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    I like this new guy. I vote that we keep him

    Thanks for the explanation and the recs
     
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  3. BenjaminZeev

    BenjaminZeev Senior member

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    Just got back from Postcard Teas in London, the owner was away in Japan, but the staff that was there was very nice and helpful. It is only 3 GBP each to taste most of the teas, and the price is waved if you buy the tea, seems like a great deal to try some very nice teas. Some of it is a bit more expensive but most is quite reasonable. It is not too far from Justin Fitzpatrick's footwear showroom, maybe a half mile, so might as well check out both if you have time (you will need to make an appointment to see Justin).

    Anyway the teas, I had only about an hour to spare and that was time for two teas, over 5 infusions. I am guessing an infusion is about 240 mL or a full cup, and they are not stingy with the leaves. I tried the Fuji Semcha which was more complex and well rounded than other Fuji Sencha I have tried. Still had quite a full umami taste as is typical of the region. I also tried their Supernatural Green (a fired Japanese green tea) which was savory to the point of resembling dry fried chicken (or maybe 3 cups chicken) but lacking in the vegetal or grassy flavors to balance it out. If I could I would have tried maybe 5 other teas. It is a little shop, plain but nice. I would recommend to any tea lover who wants to spend a while trying things.

    Also they have nice ceramics.
     
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  4. MSchapiro

    MSchapiro Senior member

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    Glad you liked the shop.

    Funny I think I tried the Fuji Sencha as my first tea there too.

    You'd probably like the Nokcha, which is like a more umami version of the Supernatural green for the first infusion, but becomes more green tea like with each infusion.

    I'd say Postcard's must trys are:
    Lapsang
    Nath Assam
    Subarana Summer Darjeeling
    Hojicha
    Long Jing
    Oriental Beauty
    Any Dancong or traditional Oolong

    All of those are excellent examples of their respective styles.

    Some of the more interesting ones are:
    Beijing Breakfast (pure maltiness, no bitterness at all)
    Sparrows Tounge (like the friend chicken mentioned, but an even stronger umami flavor)
    Roasted Yimu Oolong

    Also they ship to America :).
     
  5. BenjaminZeev

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    I’m hoping to get a chance to go back Monday. Thanks for the list of things to try, I’ll have to pick and choose as it takes a while, and I don’t think I can taste 6+ teas in a single sitting.

    I had their Master Lou Long Jing in 2011 when I did a huge tasting of many different Long Jing. My friend like that best, I rated it 2nd best out of maybe a dozen. My favorite was by Hojo’s Shi Feng Long Jing. I heard that was a bad year, so who know how valid any conclusion is. Postcard Teas is notably less expensive as well (not that it is cheap).
     
  6. MSchapiro

    MSchapiro Senior member

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    Postcard definitely spans the value spectrum as their blends are very good for the money and the rarer teas can get up there.

    If you want a good tea as a gift I tried their Lemon Pekoe and was very impressed. Even occasional tea drinkers love it. If you tell the staff you are only there for a few days they are pretty accommodating and may do a few teas for you. I used to sit there for hours after grad school and chat about tea with them. The usual staff are Tim (the owner), Jonathan and Alex.

    I had the chance to try a few of their Long Jings by Master Lou. It's actually surprising how different the flavors are within the range of teas that he produces. I'll give the Hojo's a try for sure.
     

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