Inevitably, when your friends know you as the “tea guy”, they start asking you that very difficult question — “what should I get? What’s good? What should I buy as a souvenir for xxx?”
A friend’s friend who is visiting Shanghai asked me that today, and I really was at a loss for an answer. I thought about longjing, but really, longjing is not very well appreciated, necessarily, by the people who don’t particularly like tea (in this case, the object of the gift-giving are some Americans). Longjing is also expensive. The girl then said “would chrysanthemum be good?”, and I thought that might be a good gift — not expensive, tastes reasonable, etc, but then, I am loathe to suggest an herbal tea…
It’s always made more difficult when I ask “so what kind of taste do you like?” the answer will be “I’m not sure — anything good will do”. Ugh.
So…. if someone asks you this question, especially when buying stuff for someone who knows little to nothing about tea, and if you have an unlimited supply of tea at your disposal, what would you usually suggest?