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by Ethan Kurland
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: Hong Kong style milk-tea (絲襪奶茶)
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Hong Kong style milk-tea (絲襪奶茶)

Maybe your brew is missing some bits of tobacco from an unlit cigarette! ;)
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Shan Lin Xi
Replies: 16
Views: 279

Re: Shan Lin Xi

... However, I'd like to stay within US$10 to US$15 per ounce, so anything higher up the mountain, including Li Shan, is probably off the table. ... I advise waiting until this Spring's tea is fully assessed & available. Some seasons there is excellent SLX in that price range. For me the luckiest f...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Shan Lin Xi
Replies: 16
Views: 279

Re: Shan Lin Xi

Kind of difficult to describe the taste of SLX though: in a comparison I’d say, less sweet than Lishan and not as flat tasting as Alishan. But that’s probably not the most useful description ever made... apologies. I think this a useful way to describe it, Bok. (Well done.) Also, how the gaoshan is...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Shan Lin Xi
Replies: 16
Views: 279

Re: Shan Lin Xi

I like SLX with tropical (pineapple, coconut), floral, and vegetal/herbaceous flavours. ... Tea grown higher would give you the flavors you like in a less pronounced way or perhaps I should say complex way. From the highest farms, I don't call this Shanlinxi because it is different than most SLX ev...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 392
Views: 95940

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

.... Anyone else like it cold, or should I get my head examined? Most of what I drink is not hot, it is either warm or room temperature. When I drink hot Championship black, I cannot fully appreciate its wide array of flavors. Cooler, I can taste the flavors distinctly which are at least part of wh...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot
Replies: 56
Views: 3505

Re: Collecting "falling out of love with pu'er" stories from Blogspot

This is a great thread! I thank those willing to say that they got involved in something that now seems not to be worth what they put into it. It is good to know that people can re-assess. Yet, I do not believe most people will change their habits. For example, most people will not buy gaoshan from ...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1729
Views: 344295

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Balthazar wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:21 pm
.... and stray away from my accidental tradition of "one purchace of Taiwanese oolongs per year"....
I love that phrase "accidental tradition"
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A sugar thread
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: A sugar thread

In my lifetime I have seen sugar trade mostly around a few US cents per pound, often as low as 2 - 2 1/2 cents a pound while sugar traded commercially at 22 1/2 cents a pound in U.S.A. in accordance with our laws. I believe this started when Cuba became a communist country & the USA began its embarg...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1729
Views: 344295

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

.... It is not like cinnamon "owns" the aromatic notes it is associated with. ... To me, focusing on "notes" is kind of like focusing on how your date reminds you of previous partners. It may show your analytical prowess, but does not necessarily make for the best evening... Good insights. I have m...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1729
Views: 344295

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

.... Aroma of the wet leaves is cinnamon raisin toast or baked cinnamon plums - bready and fruity and spicy. Taste is more of the same - some fruity sweetness, especially around the edges, plenty of bready/malty notes and some leathery bitterness..... ... I'm wondering lately if it doesn't make sen...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why Does Tea Go Bitter in the Cup?
Replies: 14
Views: 322

Re: Why Does Tea Go Bitter in the Cup?

The last swallow of a cup of tea may seem to have bitterness that the rest of the drink did not because the bottom of the cup is the bitter part; however, bitterness can also be due to that characteristic building in one's mouth. One can drink 90% of his brew, leave the rest in his cup for 30 minute...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Tillerman Tea
Replies: 42
Views: 8462

Re: Tillerman Tea

..... You do lose something in that process, but gain something else as well. +1 to realistic assessment, reminding me of a fact of life, "perfect" often does not exist except as a concept, a hope or goal. A tea will not offer absolutely every characteristic that one likes while not having a single...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Spotting tea sub-cultures through the slang they use?
Replies: 18
Views: 466

Re: Spotting tea sub-cultures through the slang they use?

I dislike "daily drinker" to describe tea. I assume it means the user does not look for that tea to be wonderful but to satisfy a desire for a decent drink as one functions in the course of an ordinary day. On other days, I presume that person wants an extraordinary tea that offers more. A complete ...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Tillerman Tea
Replies: 42
Views: 8462

Re: Tillerman Tea

Just checking---are two people discussing the same situation? Leofox refers to a vacuum pack opened & how long the tea in it remains good. Is that what Tillerman is talking about? Also, tea may be usable that is inside a packet that was opened months ago, but perhaps that is not good enough. Perhaps...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: White Tea
Topic: Aged White Tea
Replies: 43
Views: 7553

Re: Aged White Tea

from a California vendor, and I had ordered 227g. The price was not high in comparison to a good Oolong, but perhaps high for whites.... Later, as I was lying in bed thinking about that tea, I was chortling that I had purchased 227 grams rather than a smaller sample. Then my mind switched around an...