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by Ethan Kurland
Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hagi
Replies: 137
Views: 55455

Re: My first Hagi

... I was drawn to this piece because her carvings remind of fossil impressions in rock. Its beautiful and interesting from every angle, including the bottom... the delicate but uneven rim feels very good against the mouth ... Yes, makes one imagine drinking tea with cavemen :P I would say :P :P "t...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 80
Views: 21570

Re: Ethan Kurland/Dayuling

Before I wrote that the DYL of Spring 2021 is as good as the Spring 2020 which was excellent. That is true, but I should emphasize that they are slightly different. The DYL of Spring 2021 is more "refined". I put the word in quotation because I could easily write that this DYL is gentler, smoother, ...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Jul 18, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Yann Zisha Gallery
Replies: 75
Views: 6209

Re: Yann Zisha Gallery

Concessions to usability .... A bit like spending time volunteering rather than going to the gym. ...., up to a point, you could say becoming a truly renowned artist starts with making odd choices to be able to stand out from the crowd, and coupling that with a standout marketing job... to convince...
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Jul 17, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 450
Views: 115200

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

I enjoyed a 2010 Taiwanese competition hongcha. Its only other label is that the varietal is "Qingxin Dapang". There wasn’t much aroma from the dried leaves but quite a lot when prepared. It’s grain forward, with a floral/fruit flavor appearing in later steeps. Astringency was felt across the palat...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: ash from burned shell/needles of urchin for glaze
Replies: 1
Views: 75

ash from burned shell/needles of urchin for glaze

Saw on Japanese tv in English that someone thought of a use for the unused part of uni. It seems that the ash from this waste as part of mixtures for glaze has likeable effects for the color & texture for ceramics. I was reminded that the same glaze can be a light color on some clays & dark on other...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Your day in tea
Replies: 115
Views: 5415

Re: Your day in tea

Whatever it happens to lack in body, I think it's just a part of this tea's personality, and not something I'd be pressed to try to "correct." +1 I don't know the tea but thank you for reminding us that not everything negative or lacking in a tea needs to be "corrected". (Same can be said for peopl...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1951
Views: 408137

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Been enjoying a wild baozhong that has not seen any fertilizer. Compared to its fertilized cousin, it definitely has a weaker flavor and thinner body, but the aftertaste is more refreshing and longer lasting. The flavors are also more transparent and inviting. Brewing with relatively less leaf and ...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jul 12, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 80
Views: 21570

Re: Ethan Kurland

... I find myself constantly blowing air very softly through my nose when drinking tea, with my mouth closed, both before and (long) after swallowing. It causes air that has been loaded with aromatics to contact olfactory receptors..... faj, I have done what you do & other things to enjoy aromatics...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jul 12, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 80
Views: 21570

Re: Ethan Kurland

LISHAN: What I conclude about this tea may sound trite, but is admiration: this is a Lishan that gives me simplicity that I search for. I identify & enjoy a blended taste, mint & minerals; however, that is when I need to analyze (assess). Overall the impression is a most pleasant, balanced flavor th...
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Jul 10, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Your day in tea
Replies: 115
Views: 5415

Re: Your day in tea

.... Red Alishan from Norbu Jean Jae Yeun’s Haimonicha Balhyocha from Morning Crane Bai Mu Dan from Yunnan Sourcing Ti Guan Yin from Bird Pick Five Penny green tea from Hatvala Wow! You will buy tea from anybody & anywhere! :D I've never tasted it but have read many times that Norbu's Red Alishan i...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 430
Views: 104115

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

.... Here in Munich, Germany, we have great tap water for drinking,. When i lived in Bangkok, there was no option. Tap water was extremely unhealthy, and filtered water was, well, drinkable. There was just no option than using imported bottled water for tea. and Munich has wonderful bakeries. Terri...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 430
Views: 104115

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

Bok is a very nice man; however, he does practice a martial art. It might involve weapons. :)
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Jul 06, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 80
Views: 21570

Re: Ethan Kurland

Comments about SHANLINXI for sale on list of teas on Page 5 post of June 5, 2021: This tea is beautifully balanced & features a lot of flavors, none of them being overly dominant when I keep steeping time no longer than 25 seconds for the first 3 infusions. Each infusion differs which adds to the en...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jul 05, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 430
Views: 104115

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

A Brita filter is hit or miss. Black Berkey filters are marginally acceptable. RO and distilled are nasty. Exxon alone had a carbon footprint of 528 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Brita filters cannot handle much. A filter for awful water might be effective for a week, not more. I found tha...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 430
Views: 104115

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

To add to Bok's point, there is usually good regionally bottled water available when we travel. It may take trying a few to find the one that works well for tea. I think a reasonable goal for us is decent water, not the very best at any cost in $ or damage to the environment which includes fuel bein...