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by Ethan Kurland
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hojo just posted another round of available teapots!
Replies: 16
Views: 228

Re: Hojo just posted another round of available teapots!

get the deep fermented Li Shan. It was AMAZING. It has a much deeper flavor than typical Li Shan, and it is also bug bitten. It was really tasty. If it is not roasted, that is a difficult tea to find for top quality. In Taiwan it seems that the best of such leaves get roasted. This year I sampled 2...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 256
Views: 31384

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

What is the difference between the traditionally smoked stuff and the modern stuff? Besides the traditional stuff being better, obviously. 1.Known for being smoked with pinewood (if memory serves). Using a different wood could change the flavor, but worse than that is the use of essence instead of ...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hojo just posted another round of available teapots!
Replies: 16
Views: 228

Re: Hojo just posted another round of available teapots!

Has anyone had any luck with any of Hojo's pots smoothing out roasted oolong? Not replying to your ? exactly: Rather asking a ?, do you really like rough roasted oolong? I have stopped using rough roasted oolong. I draml fairly cheap roasted oolong prepared in my Taiwanese pot (porous inside/glazed...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 256
Views: 31384

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Not sure what Bok means by "tanniness", but I know I started enjoying Assam much less after trying good black tea from Yunnan. After having excellent hongcha from Taiwan, I rarely drink Assam. I do get some of the Assam flavors in Ruby Jade 18 & R.J. 21. I used the last of a 50-gram packet of Ruby J...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1073
Views: 119964

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Caroguest, you write so beautifully! I assume English is your second language because you live in Finland, but there is no sign of that in your writing. David, I'd love to drink that tea. Roasting tea well takes so much work to do properly. My favorite roasted tea (yes, the one I sell as well as dri...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1073
Views: 119964

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Moving south a hundred km or so to Shanlinxi for the gaoshan that I call Perfect. I named this for its quality (flavors & flexibility) & its value. The tea from this Spring has opened up its flavors & settled well. For many teas I drink half of each infusion by themselves & drink the other halves of...
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 53
Views: 6013

Re: Ethan Kurland

UPDATE: Some changes for quantities & prices. No orders taken from 1 November until 10 December 2019. PM to order or ask ?s. From TAIWAN: Aged, traditionally roasted Lishan oolong: FATHER'S LOVE: Organic, well oxidized, highest quality oolong from the heights of Mt. Li, charcoal-roasted for 2 - 3 d...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Nepali tea vendors
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Nepali tea vendors

What's App---I don't do, nor Skype; so, Victoria, you have talked with the vendor more in a few weeks than I have in several years. Unless I win big in a lottery, I'll never meet him, but I will continue to get white tea from him. There's been a bit of magic in his acquiring excellent white tea that...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 198
Views: 22152

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

Victoria, I tried the Mountain Valley Spring & did not notice improved results to merit its price. The Crystal Geyser... is fine but I don't detect improvement over the slightly cheaper brand of spring water from Whole Foods, 365. Although discussion is about calcium & TDS, I guess that various comb...
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: British taste in, and knowledge of, tea
Replies: 22
Views: 300

Re: British taste in, and knowledge of, tea

Hey Ethan Kurland, Her Majesty is on record as being a "tea firster." I can believe that. The very old butler took charge. She has outlived him & now with staff around that did not see her grow up, the Queen will command more freely. Too bad the old guy had not already passed when I was having tea....
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: British taste in, and knowledge of, tea
Replies: 22
Views: 300

Re: British taste in, and knowledge of, tea

The infusion made from tea leaves is the foundation of the drink that is called tea, yes? Milk, sugar, spices, honey, fruit preserves, yak butter.....Water is elevated & different cultures & various classes within those cultures have their ways which reflect.....what's on hand mostly. Water that tas...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Different ways to brew WuYi YanCha... what’s your favourite?
Replies: 28
Views: 1657

Re: Different ways to brew WuYi YanCha... what’s your favourite?

I guess the ? comes up, "Does one need to fill the pot that is being used?" Suggested practices, such as pre-heating teaware, have been adopted by me & then later abandoned. Perhaps my palate is just not that sensitive or my teas don't need such exact preparation. As most of us do, I take an interes...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Different ways to brew WuYi YanCha... what’s your favourite?
Replies: 28
Views: 1657

Re: Different ways to brew WuYi YanCha... what’s your favourite?

Not exactly fitting into the discussion, I'll mention that I have been using a larger teapot recently because some months back I'd come to believe that steeping is better without the vessels being full of water & leaves. I would not be surprised to hear that a lot of air in a teapot does nothing to ...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Energy and chi of greener teas vs roasted teas
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: Energy and chi of greener teas vs roasted teas

Shine Magical, I think you give us something to ponder. I also think there is not an objective answer coming. Even if one was to be scientific about finding answer (that is drinking the same amount of each tea one is testing & doing one's best for controls), our bodies & moods are always changing. W...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tea and Personality
Replies: 30
Views: 1156

Re: Tea and Personality

Chadrinkincat wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:43 pm
…. hyper social small talker type.
Great phrase. I wish I was being called a hyper-social, small talker instead of "rude" etc. when people try to stop me from doing my duty to remind people that we are supposed to acknowledge each others' existence when shopping etc.