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by Ethan Kurland
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Travel
Topic: Travelling to New York City
Replies: 15
Views: 1973

Re: Travelling to New York City

I spent 3 days in New York. I will write about a visit to Pu'erh Brooklyn after a short account of 2 days before visit. I was planning on being away from Boston for 5 days; so, I had a good supply of tea. About halfway to New York at a service center of I-95 my sister and I were eating lunch we had ...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: White Tea
Topic: What White Are You Drinking
Replies: 54
Views: 6927

Re: What White Are You Drinking

I just reviewed a Moonlight White that raises an interesting consideration of what those even are. Thanks for your erudite consideration of those white teas. Slightly on a tangent, I wonder about ?, what is the category of white tea in the sense of what people expect from them? To me, most defining...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Peak Times for Your Teas
Replies: 0
Views: 69

Peak Times for Your Teas

I have written about my Oriental Beauty describing it as a more "refined" version that has muted tastes of fruit and and only hints at spices. That was before it opened up. After a couple of weeks in a ceramic caddy, fruit flavors asserted themselves which I thought was not because of the tea breath...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does conventional tea taste better?
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Does conventional tea taste better?

Years ago I wrote about a tasting session at Monsoon Tea in Chiangmai, Thailand. I had tasted about a dozen of their teas. Some of their tea is gathered from old trees growing in the wild; some tea is planted in the wild among other things growing there in a way that will not disturb the natural eco...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Acaia Scale
Replies: 10
Views: 339

Re: Acaia Scale

Now that my eye is pretty well calibrated for different styles of tea (rolled vs flat vs twisty vs compressed leaves), I mostly just eyeball the amount of tea for various brewing vessels and increase or decrease the water used if the first infusion is not satisfactory. Somehow I cannot estimate how...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Patience: Spring 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 78

Patience: Spring 2019

Word of the trouble for Taiwan's Spring season, seems to be another time when innocent concern mixed with not-so-innocent ploys to get people to stock up prematurely have combined. I was not immune to this. I got impatient & pushed for samples from Taiwan instead of waiting for my sources to work th...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 224
Views: 23270

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Nice cup, teaandme. Why is guava in the name? Read your review and wondered how close this is to Lapsang Souchong.
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Muzha and its famous Tie Guan Yin
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Muzha and its famous Tie Guan Yin

Thanks for the article, Tillerman. You wrote that roasted TGY may have a fiery taste making underlying flavor(s) unable to be tasted. You suggested that letting such roasted TGY to rest to allow hidden flavor to show itself. My question is how does one who is sampling roasted tea and only tastes the...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri May 31, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas
Replies: 17
Views: 575

Re: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas

. …. to the question of porosity, if a tea is great when brewed in porcelain, then no need for a porous pot... but is high quality tea defined as tea that is great when brewed in porcelain? Perhaps a tea should be evaluated based on the brewing approach that brings out the best in it. Porous pots t...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri May 31, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas
Replies: 17
Views: 575

Re: Porous/absorbing clays and high roasted teas

If a tea does not have something that bothers a drinker, what is he aiming to tone down? I can understand the goal to mute a harsh characteristic that overpowers other flavors, but also worry about losing flavors that I like. If a tea requires absolutely exact parameters, a specific water, and a spe...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu May 30, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: White Tea
Topic: What White Are You Drinking
Replies: 54
Views: 6927

Re: What White Are You Drinking

Thanks for the support. Besides liking this tea as much as I do, it comes this Spring which has been disappointing for me so far. (For finding excellent tea.) Cheers
by Ethan Kurland
Thu May 30, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 33
Views: 3813

Re: Ethan Kurland

From Nepal, Spring 2019 organic white tea: Wonderful aroma, light body, and freshness. So drinkable in quantity and able to make feel fresh. Good for 5 infusions. Flexible for preparation; yet, I recommend starting with water at about 80C for 2 minute infusion. 100 grams $30. From Taiwan: 2019 Wint...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu May 30, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: White Tea
Topic: What White Are You Drinking
Replies: 54
Views: 6927

Re: What White Are You Drinking

Spring 2019 organic white tea from Ilam, Nepal: Wow this is fresh and light with wonderful aroma starting with the dry leaves and continuing as they are hit with hot water and steep.This is definitely a white tea in all that I think that white tea is for: such as drinkable in great quantities, fresh...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed May 29, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 902
Views: 85432

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Enjoying a lovely Summer 2016 Yǒujī dōngfāng měirén from Tillerman. Fragrant with notes of honey, peach and perhaps a touch of citrus. Long lingering aftertaste with a sweetness that reminds me of cane sugar. Absolutely delicious! I do not know how to put all those accents on top of vowels. I would...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed May 29, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What's in Lipton Teabags??
Replies: 23
Views: 642

Re: What's in Lipton Teabags??

middle eastern/arabian grocery will probably have a good selection of them. "Ahmad Tea" is a reliable brand producing teas in this style. I was trying to remember Ahmad Tea when thinking about this thread. I drank a lot of Ahmad's teas when first venturing away from teabags, especially Assam. Sold ...