which per the photo looks like my daily drinker since forever in the red tin version.
But what arrived is packaged so differently, in a cardboard box with a plastic bag inside, still loose-leaf and not bags, and with a very different logo:
that it's got me questioning: is this an updated packaging but still the same reliably drinkable tea, or is this the cheaper version that I've read about elsewhere?
It's scorchingly hot today and I am not going to be up for a formal head-to-head tasting and would like to return the boxed tea unopened if the answer is clearly that this is the lesser version.
Sea Dyke produces a range of TGY for sale. They are available either packed in paper boxes, tea bags or in a larger tin (with the tea prepacked in smaller packets inside). This Ti Kuan Yin I have.....I call it the red tin version for easy reference....is considered the slightly better grade of TGY. Going for about US$12 per tin, you get 125 grams of TGY encased in an double lidded tin. If you work out the math, this would indicate about US$96 per kg pricing for this tea. The paper box version are cheaper and goes for about half the price of this red tin version.