Musings on Dancong…

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Brent D
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:07 am

ShuShu wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:16 am
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Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:10 am
I should try some more Dancong, anyone have recommendations for a good vendor (I'm in the US)?
I believe that TeaHabitat is widely considered as a great source for Dancong http://www.teahabitat.com/store/
After I learned about all the Dancong doping that goes on, this is the only place I buy the stuff
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:33 am

Brent D wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:07 am
After I learned about all the Dancong doping that goes on, this is the only place I buy the stuff
Yes, that is what the vendor was also lamenting.
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:51 am

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Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:05 am
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Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:01 pm

lol i know that shop, is the guangdong guy who smokes the pipe, he's got tiny teaware haha. I would go there more often if it wasn't for the smoking he was nice.
What did you think of his teas? Haven’t had a lot of Dancong, but I found his teas pretty decent so far and at reasonable prices. Big plus for not trying anything sketchy either. Most of the other shops around there look not very trustworthy.
to be honest i have been there once in my life around 2 years ago, bought something called spring something fragrance and rice fragrance )(forgot) never went back. seemed ok? I don't really like most dancong in general nor drink them often so I can't really make judgements. He seemed friendly and i remember he had all these tiny teaware. although might be one of the best shops i tried in that market (which doesnt say much since i havent tried many and i kind of find tea markets a bit depressing so dont really go often). went back a few weeks ago with my friends and proposed to go try some dancong there but the pipe smoke dissuaded us. We had white tea instead. if i try again i will let you know.

edit: saw your other message and those two teas i cant remember are the same you had chun lan xiang and rice one. must be those he makes new customers try first.
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Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:28 pm

octopus wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:51 am
Bok wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:05 am
octopus wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:01 pm

lol i know that shop, is the guangdong guy who smokes the pipe, he's got tiny teaware haha. I would go there more often if it wasn't for the smoking he was nice.
What did you think of his teas? Haven’t had a lot of Dancong, but I found his teas pretty decent so far and at reasonable prices. Big plus for not trying anything sketchy either. Most of the other shops around there look not very trustworthy.
to be honest i have been there once in my life around 2 years ago, bought something called spring something fragrance and rice fragrance )(forgot) never went back. seemed ok? I don't really like most dancong in general nor drink them often so I can't really make judgements. He seemed friendly and i remember he had all these tiny teaware. although might be one of the best shops i tried in that market (which doesnt say much since i havent tried many and i kind of find tea markets a bit depressing so dont really go often). went back a few weeks ago with my friends and proposed to go try some dancong there but the pipe smoke dissuaded us. We had white tea instead. if i try again i will let you know.

edit: saw your other message and those two teas i cant remember are the same you had chun lan xiang and rice one. must be those he makes new customers try first.
Yes that mall is depressing! I only went back because I was lucky with that shop the first time. Wasn’t even expecting to buy anything as the whole place seems little inspiring.

Did not have any better clues on where to go either, haha. Tea shops around where I stayed seemed a bit too nice to get a decently priced tea. And with my usual spending on tea in Taiwan a lot lower than China for what is mostly much better tea, I was only looking for a horizon expansion rather than anything else.
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Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:34 am

Bok wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:28 pm
octopus wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:51 am
Bok wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:05 am

What did you think of his teas? Haven’t had a lot of Dancong, but I found his teas pretty decent so far and at reasonable prices. Big plus for not trying anything sketchy either. Most of the other shops around there look not very trustworthy.
to be honest i have been there once in my life around 2 years ago, bought something called spring something fragrance and rice fragrance )(forgot) never went back. seemed ok? I don't really like most dancong in general nor drink them often so I can't really make judgements. He seemed friendly and i remember he had all these tiny teaware. although might be one of the best shops i tried in that market (which doesnt say much since i havent tried many and i kind of find tea markets a bit depressing so dont really go often). went back a few weeks ago with my friends and proposed to go try some dancong there but the pipe smoke dissuaded us. We had white tea instead. if i try again i will let you know.

edit: saw your other message and those two teas i cant remember are the same you had chun lan xiang and rice one. must be those he makes new customers try first.
Yes that mall is depressing! I only went back because I was lucky with that shop the first time. Wasn’t even expecting to buy anything as the whole place seems little inspiring.

Did not have any better clues on where to go either, haha. Tea shops around where I stayed seemed a bit too nice to get a decently priced tea. And with my usual spending on tea in Taiwan a lot lower than China for what is mostly much better tea, I was only looking for a horizon expansion rather than anything else.
yeah is fun in a way but after a few times is a bit time investment and although there is ok tea for sure is pretty hard to find something a bit special. I guess all tea markets in china are the same on different scale even if shanghai ones are kind of small. dusty "Bingdao" "xihu longjing" "dahongpao" etc. also easy to end up arguing with shop owners if they are saying ridiculous stuff so these days if not at home or friends I mainly rather go to drink tea at my friends teahouse which has good environment, service and nice tea. if you return to Shanghai I quite recommend to try it.

edit: btw im sure there is nice stuff hidden in markets, just takes time to find it. can be even fun if time and is not a concern. recommended to experience at least once. there is also daning tea market in shanghai where i have been more often although is pretty much the same of tianshan just bigger.
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Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:36 am

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yeah is fun in a way but after a few times is a bit time investment and although there is ok tea for sure is pretty hard to find something a bit special. I guess all tea markets in china are the same on different scale even if shanghai ones are kind of small. dusty "Bingdao" "xihu longjing" "dahongpao" etc. also easy to end up arguing with shop owners if they are saying ridiculous stuff so these days if not at home or friends I mainly rather go to drink tea at my friends teahouse which has good environment, service and nice tea. if you return to Shanghai I quite recommend to try it.
I am in Shanghai around three times a year at least, so I certainly appreciate any recommendations! Where is your friends teahouse?
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Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:36 am

Bok wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:36 am
octopus wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:34 am

yeah is fun in a way but after a few times is a bit time investment and although there is ok tea for sure is pretty hard to find something a bit special. I guess all tea markets in china are the same on different scale even if shanghai ones are kind of small. dusty "Bingdao" "xihu longjing" "dahongpao" etc. also easy to end up arguing with shop owners if they are saying ridiculous stuff so these days if not at home or friends I mainly rather go to drink tea at my friends teahouse which has good environment, service and nice tea. if you return to Shanghai I quite recommend to try it.
I am in Shanghai around three times a year at least, so I certainly appreciate any recommendations! Where is your friends teahouse?
on jianguo lu, called 归扑. you can find on 大众点评。 if anyone wants to go feel free to pm me and i can help you book. Haven't found a better place so far.
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Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:08 am

octopus wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:36 am
on jianguo lu, called 归扑. you can find on 大众点评。 if anyone wants to go feel free to pm me and i can help you book. Haven't found a better place so far.
cheers, will check it out next time!
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