Tried this again tonight, and it was just as delicious as always. ah, I loved this tea.. I tried some Jingshan green just before having the TGY, and it seems like it really primed my palette in an interesting way. Has anyone else experienced this kind of thing?

Hm- funny note here. Yesterday, this tea was the highest rated Oolong on Steepster (91), but now it’s suddenly at 86. What?!? There are 9 written reviews (all high), and 11 ratings. It seems like a shame for people to rate this low when they haven’t even tried it. :( Seriously folks- this is the best oolong I have ever had, I wish everyone could try this. I’d invite everyone over to my little apartment for a big tea-tasting party, and we’d all leave happier than when we started.

Ah well- I guess that’s just the way life goes. For everyone out there considering trying this, I’d recommend reading the reviews instead of just looking at the number.

Doug F

Thanks for the update. I’ll had this to my verdant order. Not a huge Oolong drinker, but this one sounds special. I would hate to think that people would actually numerically rate a tea without trying it, but I’ve noticed a lot of shenanigans going on with people giving over the top ratings to companies they like and inexplicably and uniformly low ratings to other tea companies.

Spoonvonstup

Well- hopefully I’m just being a negative Nancy. It’s also possible that there were one or two people who tried the tea somewhere, hated it inexplicably, and then gave it super low ratings without sharing their experiences. Still, that’s a sad thing to do regardless, especially because their explanation might be a useful example of how not to brew the tea, etc..

Oh well, oh well. The important thing is: I love this tea, and I’ve still got a bunch of it left!

Doug F

On a side note, I’ll be in the Minneapolis area at least a few times a year for the next few years. Are there any good tea houses or tea shops in the area. You mentioned that Verdant does some tastings?

Kashyap

one would think that the quality of the reveiws would be more useful than the abreviation of a numerical notation….I realize its a lot to ask for people to read descriptions, but I think they are such a better way to get a sense of the palate and the drinker…the numbers after all are on an sliding scale that is not annotated…

Angrboda

Enlighten me please, because I am confused. Why do you automatically assume that the lower ratings were entered by someone who hadn’t tried the tea? Maybe they just didn’t like it as much as you do…?

Spoonvonstup

@ Kashyap – You are of course correct. Especially if they’re reading your descriptions; you’ve got some really excellent ones! It also helps to get context for notes and ratings by reading the checking out people’s profiles and getting a sense for how they rate things. You don’t give out high ratings lightly, and others don’t like to give anything they liked below a 92.

@ Angrboda – You’re definitely right. The assumption was probably one part protective mama-bear reaction, and seven parts posting-too-far-past-1am. I had just left a tasting note for the TGY a few days ago, and had found it quite conveniently on the first page of teas. When I went to log my note yesterday night/morning, I was confused to not see it again where it had been on the front page for so long, and instead found it through my previous notes. When I noticed that the rating had changed, I assumed someone must have rated it low, and I looked for the rating with curiosity but found nothing. In my sleepy logic, I decided that someone whose experience was so different from the others would definitely have left a note of warning or to protest. Not seeing a note, I leapt to the idea of sabotage.
Hopefully it isn’t so! I really wish there had been a note. If a TGY lover tries this tea and doesn’t like it, I would love to go and read the rest of their logs to find the oolongs they rate highly. If this is just ho hum for them, I’ve got to see their recommendations and try some for myself!

@ Triumph – There are two or three tea houses in the Twin Cities; I will send a private note this evening with details. As for Verdant’s tastings, they happen at my local teahouse (Infinitea) and also around at some art galleries, studios and events. I usually find out about them because I’m on the mailing list or via Verdant’s facebook page.

Angrboda

Yeah, late nights can definitely mess with one’s thought processes and leaps of logic. :) I have been known to make some interesting conclusions once about the anniversary of something or other (I’ve forgotten all the details) by way of some really creative maths… :)
If it had me and the beloved Tan Yang Te Ji (♥), I can’t guarantee I wouldn’t have come to the same conclusion that you did with this one.
Some people just don’t bother with the notes, it seems. I think it would have been nice if those ratings were not anonymous, but I suppose we can’t have everything.

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Doug F

Thanks for the update. I’ll had this to my verdant order. Not a huge Oolong drinker, but this one sounds special. I would hate to think that people would actually numerically rate a tea without trying it, but I’ve noticed a lot of shenanigans going on with people giving over the top ratings to companies they like and inexplicably and uniformly low ratings to other tea companies.

Spoonvonstup

Well- hopefully I’m just being a negative Nancy. It’s also possible that there were one or two people who tried the tea somewhere, hated it inexplicably, and then gave it super low ratings without sharing their experiences. Still, that’s a sad thing to do regardless, especially because their explanation might be a useful example of how not to brew the tea, etc..

Oh well, oh well. The important thing is: I love this tea, and I’ve still got a bunch of it left!

Doug F

On a side note, I’ll be in the Minneapolis area at least a few times a year for the next few years. Are there any good tea houses or tea shops in the area. You mentioned that Verdant does some tastings?

Kashyap

one would think that the quality of the reveiws would be more useful than the abreviation of a numerical notation….I realize its a lot to ask for people to read descriptions, but I think they are such a better way to get a sense of the palate and the drinker…the numbers after all are on an sliding scale that is not annotated…

Angrboda

Enlighten me please, because I am confused. Why do you automatically assume that the lower ratings were entered by someone who hadn’t tried the tea? Maybe they just didn’t like it as much as you do…?

Spoonvonstup

@ Kashyap – You are of course correct. Especially if they’re reading your descriptions; you’ve got some really excellent ones! It also helps to get context for notes and ratings by reading the checking out people’s profiles and getting a sense for how they rate things. You don’t give out high ratings lightly, and others don’t like to give anything they liked below a 92.

@ Angrboda – You’re definitely right. The assumption was probably one part protective mama-bear reaction, and seven parts posting-too-far-past-1am. I had just left a tasting note for the TGY a few days ago, and had found it quite conveniently on the first page of teas. When I went to log my note yesterday night/morning, I was confused to not see it again where it had been on the front page for so long, and instead found it through my previous notes. When I noticed that the rating had changed, I assumed someone must have rated it low, and I looked for the rating with curiosity but found nothing. In my sleepy logic, I decided that someone whose experience was so different from the others would definitely have left a note of warning or to protest. Not seeing a note, I leapt to the idea of sabotage.
Hopefully it isn’t so! I really wish there had been a note. If a TGY lover tries this tea and doesn’t like it, I would love to go and read the rest of their logs to find the oolongs they rate highly. If this is just ho hum for them, I’ve got to see their recommendations and try some for myself!

@ Triumph – There are two or three tea houses in the Twin Cities; I will send a private note this evening with details. As for Verdant’s tastings, they happen at my local teahouse (Infinitea) and also around at some art galleries, studios and events. I usually find out about them because I’m on the mailing list or via Verdant’s facebook page.

Angrboda

Yeah, late nights can definitely mess with one’s thought processes and leaps of logic. :) I have been known to make some interesting conclusions once about the anniversary of something or other (I’ve forgotten all the details) by way of some really creative maths… :)
If it had me and the beloved Tan Yang Te Ji (♥), I can’t guarantee I wouldn’t have come to the same conclusion that you did with this one.
Some people just don’t bother with the notes, it seems. I think it would have been nice if those ratings were not anonymous, but I suppose we can’t have everything.

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I generally drink Chinese teas.

I love things that are interesting, that force me to stop and think about and enjoy what I’m experiencing. Even better are those teas you just have to drink with a friend so that the outpouring of tastes and memories find a sounding board in a trusted companion.

I’m into tea as an experience rather than just a thirst quenching beverage. I love to learn- there’s so much to learn about tea.

I also prefer my teas to be exceedingly delicious, if at all possible. Luckily, I have great tea friends and teachers that can hook me up with the good stuff.

Something I’ve noticed about my ratings:
I tend to use Steepster more like Yelp and less like Twitter. I’ll generally only review a tea once in its life (though that review and rating might be edited over time to reflect changes in my own understanding of it).
I do not generally log each tea I’m drinking as I drink, since that feels like a distraction- I’d rather just drink the tea!
I tend to only review teas I really love or that I really did not enjoy. If it falls somewhere in the middle of “meh” and “that was pretty good, I suppose,” then I won’t be compelled to sit down and spend time giving a nice, fleshed out review and rating.
As such, it might seem like I give out high scores willy-nilly. Instead, I’m doing my first round of rating mentally off-site, and presenting only the teas I really want to share with everyone.

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