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Brent D
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Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:33 am

Bok wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:44 am
Brent D wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:59 pm
When does spring Anxi TGY hit the market?
Ive been waiting (specifically for jings) and the only vendor I can find it at is YS
The nuclear green version? That should be long ready, spring harvest is about done. Only if they are further processed/roasted it could still be a while.
Thats what I would have thought too, but none of my usual vendors seem to have it :/
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Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:51 pm

Has anyone in the US purchased HY Chen’s teas from Leafy Green? If so, how was your experience? Also, does anyone know if Shin Cheng Feng will still accept North American orders for teas not available through Leafy Green?
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Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:42 pm

Chris wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:51 pm
Has anyone in the US purchased HY Chen’s teas from Leafy Green? If so, how was your experience? Also, does anyone know if Shin Cheng Feng will still accept North American orders for teas not available through Leafy Green?
From HY Chen web site “Shin Cheng Fang is partnering up with Leafy Green to be the distributor of our teas in the United States.” You might ask Chofman how to get others teas not listed on his web site. I haven’t ordered from them yet.
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Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:05 pm

Thanks, Victoria! I saw the same thing on his site. :) I’m almost out of tea from my last order from him, so I’ll at least stock back up on Dong Ding from Leafy Green relatively soon and let you guys know how it goes.
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:12 pm

Has anyone ordered Chen's teas from Leafy Green yet? I would love to try his teas after reading about it here :)
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:46 pm

oolongfan wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Has anyone ordered Chen's teas from Leafy Green yet? I would love to try his teas after reading about it here :)
Tried many of them. Good stuff.
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:05 am

Have ordered from Chen directly, his roasted teas are all excellent, personally I think his strength is in the roasting, so I like his medium and heavy roast best. I think his heavy roast is best drunk after letting it rest another 1-2 years, or longer. Not bad straight away, but better with some time spent.
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:57 am

Bok wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:05 am
Have ordered from Chen directly, his roasted teas are all excellent, personally I think his strength is in the roasting, so I like his medium and heavy roast best. I think his heavy roast is best drunk after letting it rest another 1-2 years, or longer. Not bad straight away, but better with some time spent.
ShuShu, thank you for the kind words. We are very happy to be working with somebody like HY Chen who both understands the traditional methods of tea farming / production which leads to an excellent cup, as well as appreciates the innovation and experimentation that can lead to new and exciting teas. We actively encourage him to try new things and our partnership with him is structured in such a way that allows him to do so.

Bok - I agree that his heavy roast is phenomenal when aged. We actually purchased some of his tea last year specifically for aging, and plan to do so every year. They aren't on our website yet, but starting in 2019 at some point we will begin selling a 1-2 year aged version of his tea.... we may save some for a 3-4 year aging process as well.

Oolongfan - If you have any questions about Chen's teas (or any of our other offerings), don't hesitate to reach out directly and I'll do my best to answer your questions fully.
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:36 pm

@chofmann not sure if that is a good idea, 3-4 years is usually when Taiwanese Oolongs turn a bit boring, before getting interesting again at 5+ years. 2 years I consider rested tea, 5years is a young aged tea.
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:36 pm
chofmann not sure if that is a good idea, 3-4 years is usually when Taiwanese Oolongs turn a bit boring, before getting interesting again at 5+ years. 2 years I consider rested tea, 5years is a young aged tea.
We'll be tasting it every 12-18 months, but I'll definitely take into consideration your fears about a 3-4 year "purgatory" of flavors. Thanks!
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chofmann wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:01 pm
Bok wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:36 pm
chofmann not sure if that is a good idea, 3-4 years is usually when Taiwanese Oolongs turn a bit boring, before getting interesting again at 5+ years. 2 years I consider rested tea, 5years is a young aged tea.
We'll be tasting it every 12-18 months, but I'll definitely take into consideration your fears about a 3-4 year "purgatory" of flavors. Thanks!
Depending on your storage conditions, a re-roast might also be in order after a few years. The shop I normally buy in Taiwan, checks their own and customer's teas every 5 years to see if something is off in the storage.

Can not count the number of times, I have been sampling teas there and customers bring in their huuuuge jars with tea to check on... People here age teas by Ong, which are humungous jars, more akin in size to the ones Koreans ferment cabbage. :shock:
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:04 pm

@Bok do you know how your vendor is re-roasting, and what they are using to re-roast with?
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Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:23 pm

Victoria wrote:
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Bok do you know how your vendor is re-roasting, and what they are using to re-roast with?
I haven’t seen the thing itself, but basically just a specialised large oven. Electric.
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