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by mbanu
Wed Jan 19, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Where do you buy your gaiwans?
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Where do you buy your gaiwans?

If you are looking for a taller drinking gaiwan, I quite like the one Elmwood Inn offers: https://store.elmwoodinn.com/gaiwan.aspx It's a family-run business with a couple generations of experience. They also sell back issues of Global Tea Hut, if that is up your alley. Some of their teas can be a l...
by mbanu
Tue Jan 18, 2022 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: jade teaware
Replies: 8
Views: 139

Re: jade teaware

Often lack of discussion is related to the demographics of the writers -- it is a common misconception that the internet is a representative sample of global culture, including global tea-culture. Sometimes the reason why there isn't discussion of a tea-culture is because there simply isn't anyone t...
by mbanu
Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:27 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: Indian/Nepali blacks advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1520

Re: Indian/Nepali blacks advice

The confusion is mostly from modern Darjeeling, which is a new type of tea, a black/white tea hybrid caused by the "hard wither" process that arrests oxidation in some of the tea leaves but not others. This goes back to a period of Indian tea history that is not often talked about, after the Britis...
by mbanu
Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: Nilgiri winter flush?
Replies: 1
Views: 1513

Re: Nilgiri winter flush?

Todd & Holland carries a Nilgiri winter flush. It looks like it uses the new-Darjeeling style hard wither, leading to a much greener tea, but it's milder compared to the (admittedly non-premium) Darjeelings I've had recently. If someone offered me a Darjeeling or a Nilgiri "frost tea" blind, I'd pro...
by mbanu
Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:32 am
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: "Bak kut teh" culture?
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: "Bak kut teh" culture?

Nanyang tea style, which includes Singapore, Malaysia and other areas? Locals help OCTO ! The teas in question are typically of lower quality, coarse grade, heavily roasted and blended to cover up the inferior leaf material. After reading that Nanyang teas started in the early 1900s, that makes sen...
by mbanu
Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:53 am
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: "Bak kut teh" culture?
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: "Bak kut teh" culture?

Saw a photo of another oolong blender, Koh Beng Huat:
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(https://www.facebook.com/BornInMalaysia ... 432421865/)

Jason Lim says that they were possibly the first Nanyang blender, starting in 1905, unless this is an unrelated teashop with the same name.
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: 521

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: 521

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: 152060

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: 245

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: 245

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: 245

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: 523746

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: 245

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: 5
Views: 239

"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...