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Unidentified Chinese teas

So, I’m in a bit of a predicament… Got recieved a bunch of small sample packs of Chinese teas… Only issue, they’re all in Chinese!!! Any ideas as to how I can translate them without bringing them to a store, or searching through the seemingly endless Chinese language? I will open them and try them, just no idea how to review them if I don’t even know what they are:)

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AnnaEA select said

Maybe ask soc.culture.china on google groups? I’ll bet that if you shared a photo of the labels someone there could translate them for you.

Ok I can give that a try. These are little foil packages, a few red… Green… And some yellow, I’ve looked all over that package for any English characters but I guess I may just need to do some further home work…thanks:)

yyz said

You could post photos showing any text here and or on teachat.com.

AnnaEA select said

I recognize this boat and will be boarding it myself shortly – lol. I’ve got some tuo cha coming from an aliexpress dealer and no clue what kind of teas I’ll be dealing with, other then some kinds of pu-erh.

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yyz said

Teavivres name list might help as well.
http://www.teavivre.com/info/tea-name-lists/

This site might help quite a bit:) thanks for the link. I’ll have to sit down and do some research of my own now:)… Now just to identify the manufacturer?? By the way anyone know how to post a picture here??

yyz said

Most people load them to a photo sharing site than post the link here. Ie tinypics, flicker etc.

If I have a suspicion about the tea I often use a translator such as bing translator to help.

To help narrow things down. Green is usually a green or a lighter oolong, yellow is often jinjunmei or a darker oolong often dancing. Red is usually a black tea. Also look for any web address on the packaging often these sites can be accessed and used with the help of a translator to I’d your tea.

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Pyroxy select said

I had the same issue – I ordered a sampler from RLT and 99% of the little bags didn’t match up with what they’d listed on the site. If you find a good solution I’d love to hear about it…I’ve just been guessing and trial-and-error-ing my way through them.

EDIT: Just realized those are probably the teas I sent you. Yeah…my bad. :D

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Lol definitely not an issue at all. I am just delving in with full vigor:) I love the huge assortment and if I make some headway in the research I’ll be sure to let you guys all know:) I appreciate all the help immensely!!:)

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I have an unidentified tea, too! It’s a little tuo cha in a brown wrapper (about the color of a brown paper bag) with a red circle on the top and a red character or picture in the middle of the circle. I’d try to describe the character but I don’t even know which direction it ought to point. It looks a little like the David’s tea bonbon that’s in the Steepster database but I’ve never ordered from David’s and the wrapping isn’t identical, just similar.

Anyone have any ideas?

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