After dunking my teabag in a cup of tepid water in the Kissmyass Cafe, my punk friend said, ‘Listen Dude, have you never drunk any real China tea?’ ‘What the Hell’ I said. So we went to the Dragon Well Tea House and we drank Long Jing tea: what we had was roasted Shi Feng. ‘Listen, punk,’ (my friend said) ‘there may be there other variations of this Long Jinn tea: but what you are drinking is the best tea you will ever drink in your life.’ I tasted it, and at first was … something I couldn’t quite make out at first. This tea said ‘Who the Hell are you, do you know what you are drinking? Do you really appreciate good tea? Don’t you know I am the best you will ever drink? Or are you just a tea-bag hag?’ It tasted like something green and somehow good on the taste-buds . . . with a subtle promise that there was something better to come … and what developed wasn’t just fruitiness or floweriness, it was just leafiness! Gentle, smooth, good on the taste buds, a general greenness of taste, delicious, pleasant and satisfying, with a long lasting mouth-feel and aftertaste. A tea to philosophize with. Or just enjoy because you like being who you are. Now I like being who I am. Thanks to Long Jinn Tea. (Shi Feng)

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