Shui Xian Sea Dyke Wuyi Oolong [Episode 49]

Episode 49, Denny and James review a big Chinese supermarket staples, Sea Dyke. Retailing for $1.50/125grams, James picked this one up from a local (Seattle) Chinese market.

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7 Responses to Shui Xian Sea Dyke Wuyi Oolong [Episode 49]

  1. Peter says:

    Grandpa style and cold-brewing were mentioned briefly at the end. Would you elaborate on the suitability of brewing these teas in those styles. I am curious about this as they are the ways that I tend to brew the cheap(er) teas. Thanks.

    • James says:

      Hey Peter, no problem.

      I like darker teas for grandpaing, roasted oolongs and ripe pu’erh usually. My personal preference for cold-brews tend to be the opposite, green tea that I should’ve drank a few months before or lighter oolongs/black teas.

      Toss a small amount of leaves ~1.5-2 grams in a large mug or thermos and pour boiling water in. Once you reach about halfway, pour boiling water in again. Do until you lose interest or get bored. This is a great way to brew at work or while doing other activities.

      I don’t cold-brew as much as Denny, but toss the leaves in a mason jar or a closed-off vessel over night after a gong-fu session and enjoy in the morning.

      Cheers!
      -James

      • Peter says:

        Yes, I grandpa brew at work all the time. I also use this style at home with teas that I am not fond of but don’t want to waste at work. Sometimes, they taste better with grandpa brewing than with my usual gaiwan method.

  2. Evan says:

    Sorry to comment so long after this was posted, but I had a question. Which Chinese grocery did you get the red “ta hung pao” at? I just got back from a trip to Seattle, and scoured the international district looking for that stuff. If I had a specific target I could stop by on another trip. (I live in Olympia, and am up in Seattle pretty frequently.)

    • James says:

      Hi Evan,

      Sorry for the slow response. I haven’t been able to find it either (if anyone else has that’s local please chime in!). My red can was acquired in NYC. The white paper box can be had for a measly $1.50 from the shop in the Viet Wah building.

      Cheers!
      -James

  3. Evan says:

    Actually I just found some today! The Chinese herb shop about three blocks uphill from Seattle Best Tea, I think the name is Gom Hong.

    Interesting to note: while nobody else seems to have sea dyke da hong pao, pretty much everyone has tins of sea dyke roasted tie kuan yin.

    • James says:

      Hi Evan,

      Thanks for sharing your note! I expect I’ll be down there soon this week to check it out :).

      Cheers!
      -James

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