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This tea was given to me for free (as is the Chinese way :)) from a friend at Beijing’s Maliandao Tea Market. This is the #1 place in the world to go if you love tea! At nearly 1 mile long, maliandao boasts over 5,000 teashops selling every tea imaginable, tea ware, books, Lu Yu statues, and Yixing tea pots ranging from $15 to $125,000.

This tea was prepared in traditional gongfu cha manner using an yixing pot steeped for 15secs @ 200F and increasing about 5sec per steep. The tea is mildy floral and has subtle notes of smooth butter with great aromas (especially when using 闻香杯 or fragrant smelling cups). I found this particular tea to be a bit on the mild side and after steep #5 started loosing its flavor quite fast but nonetheless, tie guan yin is a solid go to oolong

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Dietmar Georg

I will visit Maliandao Tea district in Beijing in April…but only have 3-5 hours time. Any suggestions as to which of the 5,000+ merchants/stores cater to US customers (label teas in English, speak English, possibly even ship to US…)?

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Dietmar Georg

I will visit Maliandao Tea district in Beijing in April…but only have 3-5 hours time. Any suggestions as to which of the 5,000+ merchants/stores cater to US customers (label teas in English, speak English, possibly even ship to US…)?

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After living in China for 3 years I fell in love with tea; not only enjoying tea as a beverage, but the the way of tea or “cha dao” (茶道)as they refer to it in Chinese culture. The discovery of tea in China has shaped their culture over their long history. My dream is to share my passion for tea with my fellow Americans through the Art of Brewing Tea ("Gongfu Cha-功夫茶)and 茶道。

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