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Ian McCarthy

Favorite Taiwanese oolong vendors?

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I used to order many many from Guang at Hou de, but it seems like he is putting up fewer fresh offerings these last few seasons. Red Blossom here in SF has been satiating the craving to a certain degree... but not on the same level, methinks.

Where are your favorite places to drop a paycheck on the choicest Li Shan?

Thanks friends.

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I really like Floating Leaves in Seattle. http://floatingleavestea.com/ Shiuwen, the proprietor, tends to get things with good body and often a touch more oxidation than some other sources. I will not say that her stuff is the best in absolute terms, and like any source, can vary from season to season (haven't had any of the 2012 winter season oolongs yet), but her choices tend to to match my personal tastes well, at least in terms of greener oolongs. She is also very responsive, and will usually give a very honest opinion of a tea if you ask. I think the pricing is fair for the quality, and usually there is some quantity discount as well.

Hou De is also a good source, and I think while he's been putting less stuff up, the quality of his Taiwan oolongs has actually gone up slightly in the last year or so.

Stéphane Erler, of http://teamasters.blogspot.com/ has some good items. The prices can be high, though I think not impossibly so.

Some folks have had good luck with Teahome (http://www.teahometw.com/), which ships direct from Taiwan. You can get the non-Ebay prices sometimes if you email them directly. I was not blown away with the one thing I tried of theirs, however, some people have had good experiences.


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