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Tea and Beautiful Thoughts

World Tea Expo

Lars Nielsen

I got back from the World Tea Expo a week and a half ago. It's been a busy couple of weeks! Sampling all the teas I made, making up for lost time at my day job. And getting sick from the overload too.

But finally I had some time to settle down with friends and get back into the habit of serving tea on Tuesdays.
We tried every Pu-erh I purchased from LongRun tea company. A good Yunnan based company I met at the expo, and took advantage of an order deal they were putting forward.

First Del and I tried the Sheng Puerhs. There were three. One 2011 Chunhui, and one 2011 "pine". The Pine one is a little more smooth, and a little more expensive, but Del had more of a taste for the Chunhui, because it was more flavorful. I would suggest the Chunhui isn't just good now, but is likely to age really really well as it develops.

I liked the Pine. It was smoother and more of a honey like taste. But That's not saying much. I'm into almost every tea. And I was feeling like I gave the Chunhui a poor tasting zone, since I used one of my new, larger tea pots for it. Increasing the steep time and losing some quality as I wait for the water to exit the pot.

We also tried the longrun private No. 1 from 2007. It was pretty optimal. Very smooth, and kind of exciting. I don't have any to sell, it was good just to add this one to my collection.


Then we moved on to the Shou Puerhs. It was in this moment that I decided Shou are my favorite for pleasure drinking.
You see, I Love Sheng puerh because it stimulates a sense of analysis. I like to think about what I'm drinking. Check out the complexities. Try to find out the best way to describe something. You know. A poet's drink.
But with the Chunhui Shou pu-erh from Longrun, it instantly excited me. I realized that it was just simply a good drink to take in. Smooth, sweet, molasses kind of flavour. Really nice and dark. And just plain easy to drink! So it got a huge vote of confidence from me.


The expo was really fun. Just an awesome vacation from regular life. But honestly, life is a vacation for me, so there wasn't much to share.
I met some cool bloggers, found a few good teas and tea-ware. I developed an affinity for LongRun tea, so I think I'll continue to work with them in the near future.
LA was boring. And just like Vegas, a big city with little to offer but big city vibes. Though it wasn't very big upwards. This was surprising for a city with such a huge population, (30 million?) It was big outwards. It takes up about 3 times as much space as greater Vancouver. Which is only 2.3 million population.
My favorite part of the expo: That most of the Chinese tea booths felt like photographing me because of my size. I was, as usual, an unusual and awesome giant who needed to be shown to all their friends back home. I took photographs in return. Felt it was easier to keep track of who had a picture of me that way.