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by joelbct
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Has the internet lost interest in British-style tea?
Replies: 15
Views: 363

Re: Has the internet lost interest in British-style tea?

As for Yunnan Tea, for a while there, every single 'recommend me some loose leaf tea' post on reddit was bombarded with astroturfing from Yunnan Sourcing alt accounts. I don't doubt that a lot of it is just trends, though. Online tea discussion was a bit more diverse ~15 years ago when I found teach...
by joelbct
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Looking for new tea tray recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 868

Re: Looking for new tea tray recommendations

This is my current setup. I used to have many nice kyusu, chawan, yunomi, etc. But, the glass is easy to clean. Tray was $22 from Amazon.

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by joelbct
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tea and Gut Health
Replies: 13
Views: 827

Re: Tea and Gut Health

Vegans I've heard, take to tea badly... Where did you hear that? I've been vegan since 2003, and a daily tea drinker since 2001. Never had the least problem from either, in fact quite the opposite- nothing goes down better after a hearty meal of rice and legumes or tofu, and soy sauce, hot sauce, c...
by joelbct
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Darjeeling tea drinkers - do you have preferred estates?
Replies: 25
Views: 6530

Re: Darjeeling tea drinkers - do you have preferred estates?

Picked up 100g of Castleton today. Best darn tea I've had to date! Yes it is. And priced to match. I just bought 100g of Castleton second flush, but I usually look for teas I can find at $20/100g or less for daily drinking. I also found a 2020 Giddapahar 2nd flush that is almost as good, but half t...
by joelbct
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 366
Views: 78269

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Just opened a package of Castleton 2020 Second Flush Darjeeling.

If memory serves, this one is about as good as last time I had it, in 2018. Plenty of those fruity muscatel notes.

I have 3 other SF to try, hopefully one of the less expensive ones will be good, too.
by joelbct
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: White Tea
Topic: What White Are You Drinking
Replies: 96
Views: 27197

Re: What White Are You Drinking

Had Vahdam's 'Darjeeling Pearl' today. I've had some spectacular Darjeeling First Flush White's from Vahdam before, incl that Arya Pearl, which I thought perhaps this would be, but this particular batch was unspectacular. Not bad, just, for the price I was hoping for better. I picked 6 Darjeelings o...
by joelbct
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 366
Views: 78269

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

LeoFox Cool. Yeah, YS' dianhong has beautiful leaf appearance, but is not the best, and I tried most of their offerings. I think he goes for affordability over taste. Teaspring's doesn't look as pretty, but tastes far more complex and refined. And is costlier, $24/100g, though still a good price im...
by joelbct
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 959
Views: 187733

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Drinking O-cha's Kaoru Fukamushi Shizuoka Sencha. Yummy.
by joelbct
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NYTimes Article: Increasing Prices of The Great Wines
Replies: 7
Views: 442

NYTimes Article: Increasing Prices of The Great Wines

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/dining/drinks/wine-prices.html Title of the article is "How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines." It reminds me we are lucky that most "great" teas are still somewhat affordable, by comparison to wines. Yes, prices have been increasing...
by joelbct
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 126
Views: 24241

Re: Electric Kettles

I'm still using the Cuisinart PerfecTemp I've had for ~6 years. It's my second, and before that I used the Adagio UtiliTea, also was adjustable. The Cuisinart kettle might not be quite as elegant as a Bonavita Gooseneck, but it does the job, and well. The temp settings still require using a thermome...
by joelbct
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1557
Views: 283174

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

@vuanguyen cool. What climate do you live in?
by joelbct
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 366
Views: 78269

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

2019 Arya Diamond SF Darjeeling (Gold Edition) from Thunderbolt. so good i had two sessions in a row of it. pedant , Arya is fantastic, huh. The past couple days I've immensely enjoyed teaspring's yunnan pure gold (isn't actually 100% gold, but tastes much better than most that are), keemun hao ya ...
by joelbct
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Darjeeling tea drinkers - do you have preferred estates?
Replies: 25
Views: 6530

Re: Darjeeling tea drinkers - do you have preferred estates?

I'm a little late to this, but... Castleton, Gopaldhara, Arya, Okayti, Giddapahar, Goomtee, Avongrove, Glenburn, come to mind.
by joelbct
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: DARJEELING FIRST FLUSH 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 3294

Re: DARJEELING FIRST FLUSH 2019

Vahdam is my go-to, in years past they've had lots of special SKU's of early spring "EX" Darjeeling, in the $20-50/100g USD range, and they have offered sample sizes. Also they have had high quality muscatel Second Flush, and good Autumnal. It looks like they are currently sold out of the sought-aft...
by joelbct
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1557
Views: 283174

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Drinking teaspring's Wu Yi Shui Xian. It's good, full and quite minerally, just a tad smokey.