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by Tillerman
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Tillerman Tea
Replies: 27
Views: 7082

Re: Tillerman Tea

Hello All, I am very pleased to let you all know that the bulk of Tillerman's 2020 winter teas has arrived. The 2020 winter harvest was a difficult one as there was too much rain. The excess rain does not affect the leaf much but the absence of sun has noted adverse affects on the ability to do prop...
by Tillerman
Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: Formosa oolong in America: What happened?

mbanu , @ Bok - fascinating thread here. My own research strongly suggests that "Formosa oolong" and what we now know as "Oriental Beauty", are not the same tea at all. The latter came to be only around 1934/35 and wasn't called "Oriental Beauty" until the early 1980s. For a good description of ear...
by Tillerman
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Tillerman Tea
Replies: 27
Views: 7082

Re: Tillerman Tea

Hello Victoria , yes, the gaoshan , some of the Dong Ding, and the Muzha TGY should be available next week (USPS willing). Laoshi's tea will be available after Christmas. I've noticed that the leaf size on the gaoshan teas is a little smaller this harvest season but the flavor is particularly nice. ...
by Tillerman
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Yancha lovers?
Replies: 58
Views: 4791

Re: Yancha lovers?

Generally, I mean fewer, but more memorable, sessions. If a tea is satisfying, that is all that is needed. But, to play on a riff from the wine business: Life is too short to drink bad tea. Not all great tea is expensive and not all expensive tea is great. The price quality ratio is very important b...
by Tillerman
Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Good dark oolong
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: Good dark oolong

I agree with @Bok; knowing which tea is involved would be a big help. As to "dark" Taiwanese oolongs in general, I tend to steep these somewhat longer than the "greener" ones.
by Tillerman
Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Yancha lovers?
Replies: 58
Views: 4791

Re: Yancha lovers?

For what is is worth, I have found that I'm always farther ahead to buy better tea even if the quantity needs to be reduced to fit my budget. Certainly there are teas I cannot afford no matter the quantity but in general I prefer less tea of a higher quality than more tea of a more common quality. Y...
by Tillerman
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Become A Flavor Explorer!
Replies: 38
Views: 8123

Re: Become A Flavor Explorer!

@debunix, yes, Andy's teas were packaged very shortly after roasting was completed.

As to Laoshi's tea, there is none of the winter harvest left but the spring harvest should soon be here. Spring 2020 was a very strong year for Taiwan teas.
by Tillerman
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Tillerman Tea
Replies: 27
Views: 7082

Re: Tillerman Tea

Good day tea lovers, Tillerman's selection of Spring 2020 tea is starting to appear on the website ( https://tillermantea.net/shop ) There are four new teas there now and more arriving on Monday. All these teas are selected from the production of friends with whom I have been dealing since 2001. Rem...
by Tillerman
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 1873

Re: Tasting tea structurally

Hi John_B , thanks for your comments. There is no necessary order to the five elements that I mentioned; that is just the order which I use in evaluating the teas I drink. I do think it is a good sequential order but it needn't be cast in stone. As to your suggestions on the age of the bushes/trees,...
by Tillerman
Sun May 31, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 1873

Tasting tea structurally

This month the Ultracrepidarian tackles tasting teas structurally. https://tillermantea.net/2020/06/structural/
by Tillerman
Sun May 31, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags
Replies: 31
Views: 4105

Re: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags

A vendor's perspective: Bok is correct when he says that O2 absorbents are not (or very rarely) used with roasted or highly oxidized teas. On the other hand, my low oxidized, low roasted tea almost always arrives with absorbents. As these tend to be placed at the bottom of the packages, I don't remo...
by Tillerman
Thu May 28, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1607
Views: 302845

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Just finished a wonderful virtual tasting with 8 others. We all had the same set of tea and brewed them in our own homes. As with the tasting we did with TeaForum, we explored the differences that elevation and roast make on the flavor and complexity of the of the teas. All teas were from the winter...
by Tillerman
Wed May 06, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Seeing Red
Replies: 1
Views: 462

Seeing Red

Red oolong and red water: is this all a plot? https://tillermantea.net/2020/05/seeing-red/
by Tillerman
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: 2020 Spring Harvest
Replies: 7
Views: 1686

Re: 2020 Spring Harvest

LuckyMe To date, the coronavirus pandemic has not affected shipments from Taiwan to the US as flights are still operating between the two countries. All flights to Canada and most to Europe have been cancelled so direct shipping to those areas is a problem. As Tillerman ships all tea from Napa CA, ...