My second round of samples from TeaVivre seem to be held up in Shanghai, so while I wait for those to arrive, I’m sticking to old favorites rather than ordering anything new. Actually, we’re stone broke and I can’t justify buying tea, but I’m telling myself that I like turning to favorites right now.
The more tea I drink, the more I realize that the only teas I don’t need to be in a “mood” to want to drink are Yunnan golds, Wuyi Oolongs and pu-erhs. Everything else, as much as I like them, I need to be “in the mood” to drink.
I just wish I had a better Yunnan than this RoTea, right now.
I can’t help but wonder if the flat quality of this tea and the inability to get a second steeping has more to do with Central Market’s system of keeping loose tea in glass jars that get repeatedly opened and closed (and possibly sit a long time with old stock in them) and less to do with the quality of the tea.
I should probably stop being lazy and start ordering tea online again instead of buying it at the grocer. Even bulk, loose tea from the grocer just isn’t ‘good enough’ anymore.