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by mbanu
Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What makes a modern Da Hong Pao a Da Hong Pao?
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: What makes a modern Da Hong Pao a Da Hong Pao?

My impression is that DHP can mean any of the following: 1: The original DHP bushes and their tea 2: Tea produced from the bushes grown from cuttings of original DHP bushes 3: Special blend 4: Blend of all leftovers roasted more 5: General name for any yancha Difference between #3 and #4 is interes...
by mbanu
Sat Jan 15, 2022 9:23 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What makes a modern Da Hong Pao a Da Hong Pao?
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: What makes a modern Da Hong Pao a Da Hong Pao?

It almost sounds like Dahongpao has become the English Breakfast of oolongs... I guess that would make Nanyang oolong blends the Irish Breakfast? :) I saw a vendor offering a Dahongpao that they said contained Tieguanyin, which sort of reminded me of the way that English and Irish Breakfast teas som...
by mbanu
Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:48 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 495
Views: 151613

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

An assam: HALMARI ESTATE TGFOP1 (2020 OR-130) via upton tea imports I'm surprised at how thick and smooth this one is - feels like a chocolate whirlpool swirling in my mouth. Have you tried this one mbanu? Halmari is usually a good bet -- I order a sample first when it comes out though because some...
by mbanu
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:20 pm
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: Schott glass teapots
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Schott glass teapots

A 1959 design by Heinrich Löffelhardt, also courtesy of MoMA. Maybe this was the source of the U-shaped handle designs on some of these teapots?
by mbanu
Wed Jan 12, 2022 2:48 pm
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: Schott glass teapots
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Schott glass teapots

Another model, the Luna. I'm guessing this must have been towards the end of their run, as it has a new filter design.
by mbanu
Wed Jan 12, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: Schott glass teapots
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Schott glass teapots

Another design, the "Mikado", with a lid with a knob and a different handle shape. Interesting that the box suggests that despite the Japanese name the expected use was to brew sweet Ceylon tea. :D (The name is part of a confusing set of splits and mergers related to the Cold War, I think -- at one ...
by mbanu
Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:14 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 2131
Views: 522139

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Drinking some "Monkey Picked Tieguanyin" from Imperial Tea Court. The owner, Roy Fong, is a giant in the history of the American tea-scene, but almost every time I buy from Imperial Tea Court, I end up regretting something... I think the main draw is that I really like their chili sauce, and the his...
by mbanu
Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:11 am
Forum: Additional Regions
Topic: Schott glass teapots
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Schott glass teapots

Originally made in Germany -- Schott is still around, but I think they stopped making teapots in the early 2000s?

I think the first was a design by Wilhelm Wagenfeld in the 1930s (photo courtesy of MoMA). Does anyone have a Schott pot?
by mbanu
Sun Jan 09, 2022 7:24 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: "Bak kut teh" culture?
Replies: 1
Views: 124

"Bak kut teh" culture?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtP9JJaCA78 Does anyone know anything about this? Apparently in Singapore there are restaurants that specialize in pork-rib soup served with strong oolong tea. I found a video that suggests that oolong blends are most popular at these restaurants rather than particula...
by mbanu
Sat Jan 08, 2022 9:19 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Books
Replies: 40
Views: 17577

Re: Tea Books

I'd be a little interested to know more about how it was published in the first place, honestly, as the cover makes it out to be a sort of tea version of Life's Little Instruction Book or something like that. :D Instead it will have a chapter on "Water for Tea" that summarizes Li Shi Zhen's 13 "sky...
by mbanu
Sat Jan 08, 2022 5:58 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Books
Replies: 40
Views: 17577

Re: Tea Books

Handbooks/Guides An interesting problem here: Is how do you separate books that have detailed dictionaries by tea type as WELL as comprehensive guides, and those that JUST have guides, and those guides that follow brewing, or production, or both? Peltier, W. The Ancient Art of Tea A good question! ...
by mbanu
Sat Jan 08, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tea ware for kids
Replies: 6
Views: 286

Re: Tea ware for kids

Maybe a wooden teaset? I've seen Yixing made up to look like wood, so it might be a closer match if the struggle is getting one that looks the same.
by mbanu
Fri Jan 07, 2022 6:26 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Books
Replies: 40
Views: 17577

Re: Tea Books

On a tangentially related note, I recently picked up Bamboo House , a book I found in a used book shop, that details Indonesian tea history. I've found a grand total of one mention of this book anywhere online. I'm excited to read it, but I try to force myself not to 'jump queue' with books I've bo...
by mbanu
Fri Jan 07, 2022 6:12 pm
Forum: White Tea
Topic: What White Are You Drinking
Replies: 125
Views: 57448

Re: What White Are You Drinking

I dont understand why there is this idea that white tea is sooo fragile and delicate and must be brewed with cooler water. It doesnt get bitter or astringent- only boring with cooler water. Or maybe I haven't had the bad white teas... I think that part of it is that the term "white tea" is being us...
by mbanu
Thu Jan 06, 2022 1:57 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 495
Views: 151613

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Drinking a "Victorian Afternoon" blend from Mark T. Wendell, which is a Russian Caravan blend that was created sometime in the past for the Elizabethan Club, a kind of fraternal club at Yale that has its own clubhouse for English literature fans, started by an alumni alumnus who had become successfu...