What is truth and what does it take to make believe of such truth?
I have been selling single bush teas for almost 3 years. From what I gathered online, most tea drinkers find them better in quality regardless of price. However, there are still speculation on whether I am misinforming tea lovers about the true single tree batch. Or rather the concept/practice of single tree process simply does not exist.
It's one thing to be skeptical, it's another thing to mislead others without knowing first hand information (the truth) but claim they are right. I would like to know the malicious intention of such people for telling lies. What could benefit them from denying the truth?!
I make it clear here: on my website, I separate the single processed teas from commercial mass produced teas in 2 different categories. The prices reflect the quality difference as well. I do not claim the commercial Dan Cong are single tree processed, they are NOT.
What bothers me the most is that some long time tea drinkers are misinforming others simply they have a group of blog followers whom will take their words as facts while they have never been to Chao Zhou, never been up on the Phoenix mountain, never have seen such tea made, never learn to brew them properly, never even tasted enough of such teas to make their own judgment. What backs up such judgment???? Some speculated reasons without proof? SHOW ME PROOF! That's all I am asking, not some made up "this is what I think" out of thin air because you have drank lotsa tea for a long time. Hearing something, searching online does not give you accurate information compare to historical documentations and real practice by the local professionals. See it with your own eyes can only be the truth. Until then, we should all be modest and learn from good source before we say something. Then again, the pity part is good sources are hard to find.
There are plenty of documents on historical single tree process practice off line. If you want to go further, go to Chao Zhou city hall, you'll find a "CHAO ZHOU ZHI" documenting all varietals and history up today since Qing Dynasty. While you are there, go up to the mountain and see it for yourself. I am not telling you what I say is right, I am telling you to find the truth yourself in reality (not from cyberland), at least proof me wrong with real evidence. I am sick and tired of such meaningless speculation, quoting misinformation from the internet back and forth time after time with the same bs from the same sources.
Here is my proposal, take your phoenix oolong teas to Tea Habitat, I'll match you with a tea, if you can proof my tea isn't high mountain single tree processed, I'll send you home with a pound of my single bush oolong. I can show you the difference between single processed old bush teas and commercial mass produced dan cong oolong teas while you are here. People can lie, but teas don't.
This is why we have to learn to identify good teas and not fooled by sellers or whoever tells you BS. As Xun Zi (author of The Art of War 3000 years ago) said, arm yourself with knowledge, know your own army (tea in this case), know your enemy (tea sellers/bloggers in this case), you win half the battle already.
It's unfortunate that some sellers do tell lies to make a sale, or simply don't know enough and had to make up stories. However, my question is does an iphone user know how the iphone is made? Using the device daily since day one, mastering all the buttons and functions does not make you an engineer that knows how to design and put together an iphone. Does a long time tea drinker know everything about how tea is made from every region??? I don't even think Yao Guo Qun would claim that. I have vented enough.