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by Ethan Kurland
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Date this old TGY
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Date this old TGY

The flavors you list are not what I have tasted from aged oolongs (e.g., vanilla & tobacco). Interesting!

Is this roasted?

Cheers
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: FS: old Tokoname Shudei, 90+ml
Replies: 11
Views: 1023

Re: FS: old Tokoname Shudei, 90+ml

Observation: The teapot looks a little smaller than it is because Bok's hand is in front of the photograph. Also Bok's hands are somewhat larger than average size. 100 ml pots are small but not so tiny as photographs may lead one to believe. I've been enjoying 2 sessions of gaoshan daily lately & en...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1339
Views: 198949

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Rickpatbrown Biluxi is one of the next lower elevations under Dayuling, where it is still allowed to grow tea. Usually you won’t find info on these locations as sellers prefer to just label them Dayuling and price it accordingly. I think it’s not worse and often better than Dayuling. If the sellers...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Lets talk about Da Yu Ling
Replies: 43
Views: 9106

Re: Lets talk about Da Yu Ling

My Spring 2020 dayuling: This season's oolong presents a challenge to me because usually I find ideal parameters for how I like gaoshan with 3 or 4 sessions. I feel that I am very close but have not found the perfect way yet. (My younger sister who drank with me after lunch thinks I am there but she...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Where is our teas' aroma?
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Where is our teas' aroma?

I have been drinking 3 teas everyday. I will write about aroma for the 3 that I have been drinking for the teas that I have been drinking lately. I hope it leads to some discussion of aroma. Shanlinxi: The dry leaves almost no scent at all. I don't notice any when I pour hot water on those leaves as...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: 2020 Spring Harvest
Replies: 7
Views: 953

Re: 2020 Spring Harvest

I cannot speak for all oolong from Taiwan. I write about the 3 that I have. . They are all from high altitude farms & lightly oxidized. Here is my impression., Generalizations: 1. This Spring small differences in steeping time makes a bigger difference than usual. The "greenness" of lightly oxidized...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Tasting tea structurally

.... Gyokuro can remind me of raspberries, but the level to which I appreciate gyokuro is not associated with my ability to slice my tasting experience so that I can mentally isolate that aroma, just as my ability to appreciate a music performance is not about being able to hear it as individual no...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 59
Views: 10919

Re: Ethan Kurland

Addition to list of teas available from me via private message: DAYULING, Spring 2020: Harvested later than much of this Spring's crops & not hurt by frost, it is top quality. Prepared Western style these leaves harvested & rolled by hand are good for several infusions. Varying steeping times can hi...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Tasting tea structurally

1. "Although it is impossible to eliminate all subjectivity from the tasting effort, focusing on structure is the most objective way I know of to evaluate tea. Using structural criteria, one should be able to determine whether a tea is 'fine' or 'poor' even if one does not like the tea being evalua...
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 124
Views: 16632

Re: Electric Kettles

Cool water to boiling for 1.7 L bonavita: 500 ml -- 2 minutes; 750 ml--3 minutes; 1 L --4 minutes. This is faster than the 1 L version; moreover, I had not heated 1 liter of water in the smaller kettle for years as it seems to put a strain on it. In fact for the last year of the 7 1/2 years that I u...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 124
Views: 16632

Re: Electric Kettles

Youzi & faj,

Thanks for your replies. I tried using a stovetop kettle for several days. I can get by without better, but I don't want to.

I just ordered a 1.7 L bonavita from Walmart. It will be more awkward to handle but probably not so much that I would not adjust to it.

Cheers
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: 100K Da Yu Ling Harvest Update: Frost
Replies: 16
Views: 1142

Re: 100K Da Yu Ling Harvest Update: Frost

Announcement: Some dayuling of this Spring 2020 is better than DYL from last year.

Sampling & testing has confirmed that some well-situated farmer/producers who timed what they do differently than others have excellent DYL.

I have procured some & will write more about that in a week or so. Cheers
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Tasting tea structurally

Thanks for another concise, well-written blog that is informative & interesting. What you write about balance leads me to think about how I am able to enjoy a tea that has a flavor that I don't like usually (it has "green" or "vegetal" flavor which to me is usually unpleasant bitterness). I had not ...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun May 31, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 124
Views: 16632

Re: Electric Kettles

I have owned my 1 L Bonavita for 7 1/2 years. For the last couple of weeks it has not been reliable. I need to buy another electric kettle. I am considering buying the 1.7 L version because I when I want an initial infusion of a session, I often am impatient for it. I hope that heating only about 1/...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed May 27, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 59
Views: 10919

Re: Ethan Kurland

Additions to available teas ( on list several posts above this one): Gaoshan Spring 2020 from Taiwan: In 50-gram vacuum packs: SHANLINXI: From slightly higher altitude than previous years (now around 1800 meters high) this is very much the same & very slightly better (for my palate). Slightly floral...