I recently was lucky enough to win a trip to New York City and enjoyed a few days there with Kelly (my fiance). My main interest was to check out Chinatown moreso than the standard touristy stuff (which we spent a day doing things like Empire St. Bldg., Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Ctr., Central Park, and inadvertantly a gay parade.)
We loved it. I really enjoyed a fairly large Chinese grocery called Kam Man. They had everything, and if I hadn’t had to schlep across half of NYC and take a subway and then 5 blocks to my hotel in Queens I would have bought way more. But I did get a few loose teas and the Jasmine Oolong was a clutch buy. $4.80/lb. Yep, you read it right. And even more surprising is that the leaves are big a beautiful and it tastes amazing. I had initially bought it because I couldn’t believe the price and how good it looked. I was right. This particular oolong is a greener variety with a very nice and light jasmine flavor.
It seems like the jasmine flavored tea’s have been eating up a lot of my “In Cup” entries as of late, but hey it’s in my cup… It’s kind of my comfort tea, it isn’t particularly amazing except for the leaf size and quality, it is very forgiving with respect to brewing so it goes well at work, and hits the spot on a day when I can’t figure out if I want a green or darker oolong/pu-erh like today.
If you are in or around NYC, you owe it to yourself to check out Kam Man… I could have spent days just in there. Gaiwans, teaware, loose and packaged tea as well as select teas by the pound and all reasonably priced and good quality! I actually enjoyed the tea from here better than Ten Ren which is a much more snooty affair with overpriced tea in oversized tins handled by little attitude-filled Taiwanese women that I did not enjoy at all.