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by mbanu
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: "The Two Tea Countries"; fantastic thesis on the struggles between India & China for the tea market of the 19th century
Replies: 2
Views: 27

"The Two Tea Countries"; fantastic thesis on the struggles between India & China for the tea market of the 19th century

The two tea countries: competition, labor, and economic thought in coastal China and eastern India, 1834-1942, by Andrew B. Liu: https://academiccommons.columbia.edu/doi/10.7916/D81Z4C02/download Read this over the weekend; absolutely fantastic! Covers the Indian tea-mania of the 1870s, the way that...
by mbanu
Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What /is/ Dark Tea? An open discussion about tea naming
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: What /is/ Dark Tea? An open discussion about tea naming

Plain language is quite helpful for the drinker, but makes marketing more challenging. :) Dark tea is moldy tea; the darkness comes from the mold bodies. However, it is moldy-on-purpose, like blue cheese, even if historically it started as moldy-by-accident. Some types of dark tea are quite technica...
by mbanu
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Has anyone every drunk tea from a well seasoned yixing?
Replies: 24
Views: 357

Re: Has anyone every drank tea from a well seasoned yixing?

From my limited understanding, the stuff that coats the interior of a seasoned unglazed teapot is mostly made up of what the Brits have elegantly named "tea scum". This is mentioned in passing in an article trying to figure out what the shiny coating on the outside of a seasoned unglazed teapot is m...
by mbanu
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Oolong and banji-leaf plucking (zhong kai mian)
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Oolong and banji-leaf plucking (zhong kai mian)

I was going through Seven Cups' YouTube channel and came across an interesting video: https://youtu.be/vMVyDGVAfUs If I am understanding correctly, normally they will look for leaf where the final bud has finished its growth and gone dormant; in India this is called "banji" leaf, and is not consider...
by mbanu
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pesticides: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?
Replies: 35
Views: 510

Re: Are Chinese and Indian teas safe to drink?

Like, sure, there are reputable tea sources out there but it’s not like they babysit and watch farmers every minute. This is actually a big strength of the plantation-model. Since all the tea is being grown in one centralized area, it is actually much easier to assess what is going on with the tea ...
by mbanu
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A bit of gossip about TC...
Replies: 42
Views: 1402

Re: A bit of gossip about TC...

r/tea hasn't been working terribly well for me so far. They have a similar set of problems to the ones being complained about here. The rules on the sidebar are only the public rules, different folks are under their own set of private rules under threat of banning. I received my own private rules w...
by mbanu
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Is home aging a myth if you don't live somewhere hot and humid?
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Is home aging a myth if you don't live somewhere hot and humid?

Not home storage, but rather aging similar to what people expect coming out of pu'er warehouses. It occurs to me that the conditions that make pu'er happiest aren't really healthy living conditions; anyone who has lived in a moldy apartment has known how unpleasant it can be, or who has soldiered th...
by mbanu
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: Nilgiri winter flush?
Replies: 0
Views: 88

Nilgiri winter flush?

I was turned off to Nilgiri tea earlier on due to having had too many uninteresting low-grown Nilgiris. I'd like to get back into this style of tea, but I am not sure where to look; are there any Nilgiri specialists online? Do you have any factory recommendations?
by mbanu
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Telling the difference between sheng and shu when both have been stored Hong Kong style?
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Telling the difference between sheng and shu when both have been stored Hong Kong style?

I've had some Hong Kong storage pu'er that was labeled sheng, but that brews as dark as shu. I know that this isn't unusual for this style, since shu was invented to imitate Hong Kong style storage. Telling apart HK-style vs. dry-stored shu seems easier for me I think because of the difference in sm...
by mbanu
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tea: A Nerd's Eye View
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Tea: A Nerd's Eye View

I thought the elaborate taste descriptions were kind of the modern equivalent of writing a poem inspired by a tea, which used to be popular in literati circles, and was not trying to be a practical review most of the time, like with Lu Tong's "Seven Bowls of Tea". For the wine-tasting language it is...
by mbanu
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Top 10 Producers Of Tea Worldwide By Country (1994-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: The Top 10 Producers Of Tea Worldwide By Country (1994-2019)

Very interesting. I didn’t expect to see Iran or Argentina up there and was surprised to see Japan slipping from the top 10. I know coffee has gained tremendous popularity in Japan in recent times. Wonder how much that has affected demand for tea in Japan. Argentina is the main producer of tea dest...
by mbanu
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Tips for dating modern pu'er
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Tips for dating modern pu'er

Verification of the date. For example, if I am told a tea is 10 years old, but the packaging has a shengchan code, something is strange, even if the date says 2010. Then it is better to ask, "How can this be?". A good example from a blogger I follow: https://yunnancraft.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/r...
by mbanu
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Tips for dating modern pu'er
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Tips for dating modern pu'er

It seems like most of the effort goes towards the vintage varieties, but with 20 years since 2000 I figure it would be good to have some tips on the new stuff as well. Do you have any tricks? I first look to see if it has a QS code, shengchan/SC code, or no code. If it has a shengchan code, it is no...
by mbanu
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Tea Storage
Replies: 11
Views: 1631

Re: Tea Storage

Firing preserves tea flavor by permanently deactivating most of the enzymes that cause tea to oxidize. However, that means that when the tea does start to deteriorate (there are some heat-resistant enzymes), it goes flat rather than oxidizing like it would during tea manufacture. Low fired tea doesn...
by mbanu
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seeking Vintage India Tea
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: Seeking Vintage India Tea

Was the tea compressed into a shape? One type of aged tea that is made sometimes in Assam is "Singpho Falap". It is a traditional tea for the Singpho people. It is normally stored inside bamboo.