I took my family to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the last week of 2011. We had a good time trawling the malls and eating all the Krispy Creme doughnuts almost on a daily basis (its not available in Singapore...yet).
I took one afternoon to meet my teapal, Chua (aka auhckw) while my family caught a movie in one of the huge shopping malls in the city. Chua is very popular in tea forums and is a serious tea and teapot collector. This time, he took me to a couple of teashops trying out the teas on offer as well as meeting his tea buddies, who were 'hardcore' tea collector enthusiasts as well.
I was at JDX Tea Distributors Sdn Bhd, the popular teashop which is also the distributor for Menghai Dayi tea (known as Taetea). I got to sample the special boxed edition of the 2010 Dayi "tien ren ba pu", a raw pu erh cake commemorating the Beijing Opera. The unique woodsmoke and the aroma of this tea, made me buy a cake immediately. This tea is really nice.
Yes, from the last pix, you would have deduced that I had carried back close to 5kg of tea home from Malaysia. I had also purchased a tong of the 2010 Gold Dayi. My tea buddy, Auhckw, was very generous giving me an old 2000 raw tuo and a pack of the Xiaguan iron cakes (pix 3). He also gave me many Dayi ripe samples as well. I am very grateful for his generosity. I intend to visit him again, real soon, to experience his immense generosity again.
I will write about the teashops in Malaysia as well as the tea drinkers and collectors there. Stay tuned.