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Thursday June 22, 2006

June 22, 2006 · 3 Comments

Haven’t really had time to write an update yesterday — I was on a plane for 10 hours, basically, for what should’ve taken 3 hours less. Oh well, I’m here now, in Portland Oregon.

I am staying with my cousin who so nicely let me live in one of their rooms. I was wiped when I got here, and of course, I haven’t had tea all day, so it was getting a little tough going. I brought my traveling tea set, and some of my own tea, but my cousin also got a new package of stuff from her in-laws, and so we opened that up instaed.

Turns out it’s a bag of longjing. It’s packed in one of those brown paper bags, with paper wrapped around the whole thing. It looks rather fresh, and is probably a good grade. I ended up brewing some (sorry, no pics) and it does turn out pretty well. Tastes like one of a later harvest, not totally top grade kind of longjing, but as Toki pointed out, sometimes these are actually better than the super top grade which can taste kind of weak. The leaves, when brewed, is a beautiful green. The taste is mellow, and sweet. There’s a good amount of cha qi. It might have been too strong a tea for me after the long trip, but it was pretty good.

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  • davelcorp // June 22, 2006 at 3:54 pm | Reply

    Welcome to the West Coast. Any chance you’ll make it to SF? Unfortunately, I’m flying to Texas tomorrow to see family, but if you can make it down here after Tuesday, we’d host you for a day or two.

    With the hot weather we’ve had of late, I’ve actually been craving green tea, the long jing sounds good. I’ll have to see what I can get in SF to take to Texas. Hot, hot hot…

  • Phyllo // June 22, 2006 at 11:23 pm | Reply

    Portland, OR?!?!  I’m sorry to hear that, Marshaln…(nasty weather).

  • MarshalN // June 23, 2006 at 3:32 am | Reply

    It’s nice weather here in the summer. Winter is nonstop rain, that’s true

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