Chinese tea selecting tips

To help everyone select a type of tea that suits them is not an easy task. Everyone have different tastes and opinions on tea. I can only provide a brief guidelines hopefully that will help.

New to chinese tea
If you are new to tea drinking, oolong tea type "tie guan yin" should be the best starting choice. The broth of a good grade "tie guan yin" should be light gold in color with a strong floral aroma, sweet taste, smooth broth and long lasting "cha yun" (aftertaste that stay on your tongue and throat). It is not advisable to go for the tea selling in the supermarket bearing the name "tie guan yin" or "oolong". This type of teas are of the lowest grade "tie guan yin" or worst not "tie guan yin" at all. This type of low quality teas usually have a dark brown broth color, charcoal smell, heavily roasted taste and a bit sour. Unlike good grade "tie guan yin", where everyone will fall in love with it at first sip. But if you find "tie guan yin" not very economical to start with, then you should try other type of oolong tea like "wong jin gui". Although the taste and "cha yun" of "wong jin gui" is not as strong, it still comes with many similarities as "tie guan yin". Furthermore the price of "wong jin gui" can be as low as half of "tie guan yin" or may be quarter, it is sure a very economical choice.
Something new for a change
If you have been drinking oolong tea for some time and need something new for a change, then you should consider "shui xian" tea. Even though "shui xian" is a type of oolong tea, it certainly comes with many differences. There are a lot of family members in "shui xian" tea family. Each with slight differences in taste, aroma and "cha yun". Here I recommend three types.
1) "da hong pao" or scarlet robe is one of the most popular wuyi cliff tea. The taste of this tea is strong with some mild flowery aroma. The color of the broth is light brownish with a long lasting "cha yun". The price for a normal grade of "da hong pao" should be around $100 per 100 grams and the top grade of "da hong pao" where the China Wuyi State Government auctioned out, bag over $20,000 for 20 grams.

2) "qi lan" or special orchid is another type of wuyi cliff tea. With a light brownish broth, light flowery aroma, smooth and fresh taste makes it one of the best selling wuyi cliff tea.

3) "danzhong" or phoenix tea, originated from Phoenix Mountain at Guangdong province, is one of the most wonderful tea you should try. The golden color broth, very strong "cha yun", fruity aroma and natural sweet lychee taste makes "danzhong" the most unique tea in "shui xian" family.

Chinese tea for elder
If you have a weak stomach or you are above 60 years of age, then you might want to consider some tea which is more gentle. Aged green "puer" tea seems to be the best choice. Aged green "puer" tea means green "puer" tea that has been store for natural oxidation through time. This natural oxidation usually takes a very long time (nothing less than 10 years) for it to mature. Furthermore it needs to be store in a clean, dry and odorless environment in order to get a good quality aged green "puer" tea. That is why aged green "puer" tea can be so costly. The next best choice which is much more economical would be ripe "puer" tea. Ripe or artificially fermented is a process method develop by tea factory in order to simulate the natural oxidation process in a much faster way. Although the taste of ripe "puer" tea can be sweet and rich, there is no room to compare with the natural oxidation aged green "puer" tea vintage. Another tea type which is highly recommended is "liu bao" tea. There are fresh and aged "liu bao" tea available in the market. Both of them are smooth, rich in taste and gentle to stomach. If you are looking for a lower price natural oxidize tea, then aged "liu bao" tea is your choice. Still it is nothing compare to the aged green "puer" tea vintage, but it is certainly have a much higher rank than the ripe "puer" tea new or aged.

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