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by Ethan Kurland
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 644
Views: 51243

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

I do believe that Qing Xin Wulong is better suited to greener teas than Tie Guan Yin . The latter has a natural astringency and bitterness that works well with roasting but really stands out when left unroasted. As I said, I find green TGY to be thin, weedy and vegital. Teaforum provides pleasures,...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 158
Views: 14723

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Taking a break this afternoon to properly focus on and enjoy Ethan's Championship Black from Taiwan. It is excellent, thick aroma and flavor profile of sweet honey, muscat, and spices/fruit? The liquor has a nice viscosity that I also enjoy in Taiwan oolong. The aroma and flavor are complex and ric...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 158
Views: 14723

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

I am looking forward to my next session which will be with some dark chocolate on the side. You often mention having dark chocolate during tea sessions. Sometimes I eat a very small amount right after finishing drinking tea. About once a month, I seem to "need" that chocolate at the end of a session.
by Ethan Kurland
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Oolong Vendor Topic
Replies: 78
Views: 9011

Re: Oolong Vendor Topic

What tea festivals are you thinking of attending this upcoming year in Boston? Not Tea events: International _________ Day. (I cannot remember____) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcestor, Mass. Also Psychi Faire in Wareham, MA for First Universalist Spiritual........... Thes...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Oolong Vendor Topic
Replies: 78
Views: 9011

Re: Oolong Vendor Topic

OldWaysTea wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:36 pm
I've yet to try @Ethan Kurland's products.
Few people
Few people have tried them. I offer teas here sometimes (look for late February for the Winter teas selected this year) and retail a few days year at Festivals in Boston, and have a couple of shops and customers that know me somehow
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Tea Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 20
Views: 2210

Re: Ethan Kurland

Sampling and testing the new winter teas. So far it is quite pleasing, though I now think final judgments should be made after teas settle (several weeks more). Early impressions: Very lightly oxidized oolong; from 1600 to 1800m up Shanlanxi that I call Perfect, remains true to its name and seems ev...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Type of Green Tea that has rice taste
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: Type of Green Tea that has rice taste

I would bet on a scented tea where « sticky rice herb » is used to give its flavor to green or white tea. This type of tea is a speciality from Thailand, Laos, or the area. I’ve had some and it really has the smell and taste of sticky rice. Surprising but quite nice actually. Please read here for a...
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: How would I convert this brewing into Western style?
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: How would I convert this brewing into Western style?

Today I tried Ethan Kurland’s Taiwan Championship Black camellia sinensis western style. It is really rich, sweet, spicy and complex gongfu style 6gr/100ml/195f/55sec., but brewed western at 9gr/300ml/195f/3:45min it looses some of its complexity and richness. Victoria, you are teaching me somethin...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Question about Tibetan brick teas
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Question about Tibetan brick teas

If you peruse propaganda used against Tibetans to excuse Chinese theft of Tibet, you will probably find reference to use of bricks as weapons or some other non-drinking use. Ha ha. Seriously, good to see you posting John B. Hopefully, someone who is not ignorant like myself has more to say than hell...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Discussion: Is fragrance important?
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Discussion: Is fragrance important?

Lots of astute comments here. Fragrance of leaves right after being hit with hot water is sometimes such a wonderful appetizer that gets me primed to enjoy drinking.

Nice and useful categorization, choffman. Another guy on teaforum who knows a lot. Cheers
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 158
Views: 14723

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Chilling with Adaigo's "thai chai". It ain't bad, but it could use some tweaking imo. I was in the area of an Adaigo the other week and decided why not pick up some chai(also it was like 20f out and I needed something to warm me up). I'm a purist generally, but Masala Chai is really one of the few(...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Discussion: Is fragrance important?
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Discussion: Is fragrance important?

You smell something. You like it, dislike it, or don't react noticeably. That is it, for me anyway. You consume something. Tastes good or not, etc. Feels good or not. Knowing the tea's endurance etc. is necessary to assess its value. Complexity may make it more interesting as a tea drunk for years. ...
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Some reflections and some new things learned on a trip to Taiwan
Replies: 11
Views: 390

Re: Some reflections and some new things learned on a trip to Taiwan

chofmann wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:37 pm
But it may come to you vacuum sealed ;)
Funny and good timing. Cheers
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Some reflections and some new things learned on a trip to Taiwan
Replies: 11
Views: 390

Re: Some reflections and some new things learned on a trip to Taiwan

Or, practically speaking, when I decide on how I will spend my tea budget, what portion of it should I dedicate to special but not necessarily less enjoyable teas? Many of us seem to have this attitude "get the most special and rarest" which is part of what drives the market like this... To budget,...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Some reflections and some new things learned on a trip to Taiwan
Replies: 11
Views: 390

Re: Some reflections and some new things learned on a trip to Taiwan

+1 for gratitude for blog. "A rose by any name would smell as sweet." Most important is having a sweet-smelling flower, secondary is whether it is a rose, what is the name of the rose, or whether it is a rose. I am grateful to have great teas affordably to drink, whether name is exact does not matte...