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Travel day

November 7, 2006 · 19 Comments

Got in to Paris today… suffered some bad tea on the plane…. but I brought a small amount of the Yiwu maocha with me and I used a few leaves (literally a few leaves) on the plane to satisfy my desire for some decent tea.

Let’s see what bad teas I have to endure this week πŸ™‚

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  • Phyllo // November 7, 2006 at 5:37 pm | Reply

    You nasty tea addict, you!

    You’re in wineland…so drink some wine, for goodness sake!

  • davelcorp // November 7, 2006 at 11:38 pm | Reply

    Try to go to La Maison des Trois Thes. It has a good reputation, and I’ve tried a few aged puers and oolongs from there. They were pretty nice.

    Here is the closest thing they have to a webpage:

    Good luck. And eat some good raw-milk cheese while you are in Paris.

  • Meili_snow // November 8, 2006 at 1:05 am | Reply

    hehe……..you are really a tea aficionado………but quite touching….

    hope you can come to Yunnan somedays, and i will show you the tea house run by my friends. they have pretty good stuff there, for the owner is really a Puer specialist, a professional..hehe

    just enjoy your journey in Paris. 

  • MarshalN // November 8, 2006 at 3:05 am | Reply

    Hi Meili Snow, don’t think we’ve met?

    Are you in Yunnan?

  • iwii // November 8, 2006 at 5:17 am | Reply

    > Let’s see what bad teas I have to endure this week πŸ™‚

    How dare you?? πŸ™‚

  • HobbesOxon // November 8, 2006 at 5:36 am | Reply

    If you’re expecting bad tea in Paris, think twice before entering the UK. πŸ™‚

    I was pretty impressed by the stock that the large supermarket chain in France carries – Carrefour (from Annecy)? The “specialist tea” aisles always seem stocked with lots of interesting types. Not exactly good tea, of course, but it’s like comparing night and day to compare French to British shops.

    A bientot,


  • MarshalN // November 8, 2006 at 9:23 am | Reply

    For a self-proclaimed tea drinking country, UK really should be ashamed of itself.  I have heard countless stories of how the only tea they know is basically bad lipton teabags.  I went to a farmer’s market here today and there was a guy selling some teas.  I was almost tempted to buy a little of his lapsang souchong to compare it to what I got in Beijing.

  • HobbesOxon // November 8, 2006 at 5:13 pm | Reply

    I was really interested to hear about that lapsang, thanks for posting the results. Seriously, the only lapsang you can buy here in the UK are those Twinings bags of fannings – terrifying. You’re so right about UK tea.


  • Phyllo // November 8, 2006 at 9:20 pm | Reply

    And let’s not even start about the food in the UK…Oy!  πŸ™‚

  • MarshalN // November 9, 2006 at 12:59 am | Reply

    The lapsang is really the first and only one I’ve liked so far.  It might not go down well with people used to the Twinnings teabags.  It’s probably too smooth and not bitter enough.  There’s very little bitterness to the tea. 

  • HobbesOxon // November 9, 2006 at 4:29 am | Reply

    “Too smoothness” and “no bitterness” sound like good qualities to me! I think the poor souls who are used to Twinings teabags would crave something better.

    Long is the way, and hard, which up out of Hell leads to light!

  • Meili_snow // November 10, 2006 at 9:00 am | Reply

    “Hi Meili Snow, don’t think we’ve met?”, yeah, MarshalN,  we have never met before, but the moment i bumped into your blog while surfing the internet for more English expression of Puer, i was ushered into your world of addiction and profound loving of this tea.

    To be frank, i was deeply touched as i spent more time in reading your writtings,  and i myself also addict to Puer, and am just trying to help my friend to translate a comprehensive but introductory english version of Puer tea…

    I live in Kunmng, in Yunnan..the city i like so much..hehe..and as for my friends, they are really amazing…They know every thing about Puer, they choose their own Maocha from the local tea farmers, blend their own products, and oversee the whole process of the moisten pile fermentation, and market their products with a comprehensive network…..quite professional….their Maocha come mainly from Lincang….and i am their die-hard fan…hehe….

    what’s more, their employees have all received professional training in term of brewing and understanding of the various Puer teas……

    next time, when you come to yunnan, just contact me, and i will show you around…and we will experience unique puer totally different from that of Dayi, or Yiwu….for we enjoy not only the tea, but the culture behind…

    you are welcome…or contact me through my Msn: mingxiang_lu@hotmail.com…..

    so glad to know you…..

    a life with puer is already wonderful, but a life with friends who share the same passion for puer is beyond words..

  • MarshalN // November 12, 2006 at 7:35 pm | Reply

    That’s interesting, because my blog hasn’t received any visitor from Kunming as far as I am aware. The closest is Wuhan, and that’s because BBB is logging in from there.

    Maybe you can tell me the name of the store your friends operate?

  • Meili_snow // November 13, 2006 at 12:17 am | Reply

    hehe…….sounds good, right? friends from afar just come to gether..

    the following is the brief introduction of the company of my friends:

    Yunnan Dianling Tea Industry Com., Ltd was established in 2006, headquartered in Kunming city of Yunnan province, with subsidiary companies and business offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. As a star-up, Dianling Tea has always adhered to its principles of surviving in the competition through high quality, winning the market by public praise, and seeking development via continuous innovations. Each and every tea product of the Company has undergone strict supervision in the selection of raw materials and throughout the processes of production. By delving into the profound history of Puer tea, Dianling Tea Industry, in its operation, has brought into life once again the savory flavors of those ancient Puer brands, exploring the market with their superb quality, famous brands and profound cultures.

    i have tried nearly all of their products. Some of them have been pasted in my newly opened blog in xanga….later i will upload some pictures and more description for your reference……


  • MarshalN // November 13, 2006 at 8:28 am | Reply

    Sure, I will take a look, although how come it shows you as having logged in from Beijing, rather than Kunming?

  • Meili_snow // November 13, 2006 at 11:55 pm | Reply

    really? hehe……the hard joke of internet then..

    if you come to Kunming, i am there waiting for you..that is what really matter.. and what’s more don’t mistake me as making an advertisement or something else, hehe……that will be too much….i just happen to find out that you are really invovled into Puer tea….it is the only reason accounts for our conversation here….

    The reasone why I recommend you the Puer products of my friends is to show you kinds of Puer i want you to try besides the Yayi and Yiwu..hehe… i am sure you will know better about good puer..

  • MarshalN // November 14, 2006 at 4:56 am | Reply

    Yayi? Huh?

    “there are no three hundred taels of gold here”

  • Meili_snow // November 14, 2006 at 5:39 am | Reply

    Yayi…….should be Dayi…..hehe..a slip of hand….

    “there are no three hundred taels of gold here”……hehe…you can also think that.. doesn’t matter….but a little bit funny..hehe

  • MarshalN // November 14, 2006 at 5:59 am | Reply

    Well, I get suspicious when, say, somebody’s English on their “blog” is that different from the English I get in these comments. It makes me think the English on the blog is actually faked to sound less correct, and thus more believable.

    I remember a certain person has done this before on the LJ community posing as a certain Mr. Wu, when he in fact is a caucasian in Taiwan.

    Let’s just say I don’t trust you, whoever you are, and I already have far more tea than I can drink and sample.

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