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by John_B
Thu Jan 13, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Books
Replies: 40
Views: 17677

Re: Tea Books

It later occurred to me that a German contact published a tea book not so long ago: https://www.amazon.com/Learning-brewing-easy-way-better/dp/B088N4WKDS/ It's pretty good, but introductory themed work would only go so deep, and narrower topic or research oriented work would be different. Some of th...
by John_B
Wed Jan 05, 2022 8:49 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Books
Replies: 40
Views: 17677

Re: Tea Books

I just reviewed a book that's new enough to have not been mentioned, released in the last month or two, Geography of Chinese Tea, by Sergey Shevelev, the founder and owner of Moychay. It's pretty good. There's always room for improvement, or for critique of this or that idea, and all the more for so...
by John_B
Fri Dec 17, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 144
Views: 34393

Re: Mei leaf

It was a reference to both of them, to Tea Mania and Mei Leaf. But again, I just don't put much stock in tea plant age claims in general. Or the wild origin and somewhat more natural growth designations. Of course all of it could really mean something that could affect the outcome of the tea charact...
by John_B
Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 144
Views: 34393

Re: Mei leaf

What you say makes perfect sense, that comparing the items that are familiar for pricing and style is a reliable approach. In this case I think the owner's inconsistency in setting pricing or mark-up might be helpful, not dialed in related to pricing sheng cakes at a market rate, a bit low instead o...
by John_B
Tue Dec 14, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging puerh: what is your setup?
Replies: 147
Views: 61718

Re: Aging puerh: what is your setup?

I moved all my puerh into some food-grade plastic buckets. I've switched to buckets with gamma-seal lids for my grains, and that left several nice buckets free, and they turn out to be just large enough for all the puerh and Liu Bao. I make zero attempt to regulate humidity and yet there has been s...
by John_B
Tue Dec 14, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 144
Views: 34393

Re: Mei leaf

...I live in Zürich and am no stranger to greatly inflated prices... Have you tried teas from Tea Mania, based in Switzerland, and if so what was your impression of them? As I see it that's one of the best sources for sheng on the internet, and it's only a matter of time until the owner gains more ...
by John_B
Mon Dec 13, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 144
Views: 34393

Re: Mei leaf

I have mixed feelings about Mei Leaf, which I usually communicate as criticism, because the negative parts really stand out. They sell decent tea, it's just that it's possible to buy as good or better tea for less (or at least that's the conventional take, which I've only experienced based on much e...
by John_B
Mon Dec 06, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Mei leaf
Replies: 144
Views: 34393

Re: Mei leaf

One person ordering it mentioned on their instagram post seems to indicate a lot of interest, or it's that plus one review, that hides negative comments behind Discord group self-promotion? You've got to hand it to Mei Leaf for having plenty of nerve though, selling shu for 50 cents a gram. Maybe us...
by John_B
Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:45 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Between Two Teapots podcast
Replies: 12
Views: 2956

Re: Between Two Teapots podcast

It was interesting reading that summary, thanks. I saw that podcast then, so I vaguely remember it, but details about what someone said 9 months ago don't stick with me. It was especially interesting hearing comments on how it was portrayed, or if setting up and comparing an old school and new schoo...
by John_B
Mon Nov 22, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: What Herbal Are You Drinking
Replies: 60
Views: 28902

Re: What Herbal Are You Drinking

Steepster has been pretty dead for a few years. I would check it once in awhile up to a year or so ago, less this year, and there were still people lurking around, but minimal discussion activity. It's hard to say how many people were still using it for reviews; maybe a good number, or maybe not man...
by John_B
Mon Nov 22, 2021 2:18 am
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: What Herbal Are You Drinking
Replies: 60
Views: 28902

Re: What Herbal Are You Drinking

It's funny looking back at this last comment I made, mentioning David's Tea and Adagio, about how I've seen relatively disturbing allegations about both owners in the last week. The issue with the "David" guy--who probably already sold his David's shares--stemmed from claims his new tea business was...
by John_B
Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: What Herbal Are You Drinking
Replies: 60
Views: 28902

Re: What Herbal Are You Drinking

In the name of more complete conversation it will work to go further here, and consider what I'm talking about related to standard blends and health claims. These are going to be random selections, but it should make some point: https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/tea/pomegranate-echinacea/10898US01VAR0...
by John_B
Tue Sep 28, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: What Herbal Are You Drinking
Replies: 60
Views: 28902

Re: What Herbal Are You Drinking

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, eating dried cranberries would seem the most direct path. No matter how those are prepared they won't infuse properly. That said I do like the idea of resurrecting tisane blends for health purposes. I wouldn't trust anyone to have put in enough research and d...
by John_B
Wed Aug 18, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Can a GABA tea be an oolong?
Replies: 10
Views: 2900

Re: Can a GABA tea be an oolong?

They process the tea in a nitrogen environment so the normal reactions associated with oxygen, oxidation, don't occur. According to a comment on Tillerman Tea's post the equivalent chemical reaction of nitrogen with enzymes can still be called oxidation, since it relates to a comparable chemical rea...
by John_B
Tue Aug 17, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Can a GABA tea be an oolong?
Replies: 10
Views: 2900

Re: Can a GABA tea be an oolong?

I was looking for something else and came across this. Even back when this was posted, in 2018, gaba black teas were around, and they seem to be more common now. It's the same question, if gaba black teas can be considered the same thing and the same category as the rest of black teas. I'm not so in...