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by joelbct
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 371
Views: 84331

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Sounds like an amazing tea, one I hope to try someday. Don’t mention Bitcoin.. I almost bought £50 worth the year after it started. I dread to think how much that would be worth :cry: I’d be drinking a lot of Special Tribute Keemun, put it that way. At $2.50/g, it's say ~$5 to 8/serving. I'd sooner...
by joelbct
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: soapy bubbles on brewing tea?
Replies: 14
Views: 4815

soapy bubbles on brewing tea?

Does anyone recall whether soapy/ looking bubbles, more than is typically found when making tea, on the surface of the brew and liquor could be an indicator of excess pesticide residue? (aside- any progress on the searchable old-school TC static archive?) I just started noticing it particularly with...
by joelbct
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 371
Views: 84331

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Curious how are you steeping your Keemun? and other blacks in general, leaf/water/temp/time. Time: 3:45s for Indian teas, and 4:15s for chinese blacks Ratio: 1g leaf : 90g H20 Temp (measured in vessel): ~190-195F (88-93C) for FF and SF Darjeeling. ~205F (96+) for fully oxidized blacks. (measured af...
by joelbct
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Darjeeling Updates 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1313

Re: Darjeeling Updates

Finally, some possibly good news:

The Hindu: More Aid for Darjeeling Tea Industry?
by joelbct
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 371
Views: 84331

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

I’ve eyed that Keemun longingly for a while now but can never bring myself to buy some. Do you know if Hojo offers <10g samples upon request for teas like this? I’d love to buy a single sessions worth. It seems awfully expensive for what it is but I’m intrigued. It couldn't hurt to ask. Or just tak...
by joelbct
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 371
Views: 84331

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

I'm profane with blacks, I have not tasted any yet, I see good impressions but, with what do you think I could introduce for a beginner To get a range, what are your current favorite teas? Right now: oolong: Da Hong Pao and 'Honey Aroma' Tie Guan Yin Gracias ;) If you can spend $80USD for 30g, Hojo...
by joelbct
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Time for "Bad" Tea?
Replies: 8
Views: 2512

Re: A Time for "Bad" Tea?

As a result of this year's 'continuing education' tuition splurge, my 2018 budget should be more like <$800, the 'drinkable' avg should go from 85% to >95%, and the bad tea rate should approach zero. Ha is that assuming you will not explore any new teas in 2018 :? Something most of us here enjoy do...
by joelbct
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Time for "Bad" Tea?
Replies: 8
Views: 2512

Re: A Time for "Bad" Tea?

(Of course, if I run out of bad tea, I won't seek more but expect somehow will always have some. I don't drink bad tea purposefully, but encountering one is a good way to recalibrate and renew appreciation for one's stockpile. Last night I tossed a cup of a citrus earl grey, a free sample I finally...
by joelbct
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Herbal Tea
Topic: Rooibos Source?
Replies: 3
Views: 2329

Rooibos Source?

Can anyone recommend a high-quality rooibos source?

I wonder if there are any rooibos or tisane vendors anything akin to the needle-in-haystack tea vendors we use...
by joelbct
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1607
Views: 304146

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Just had this 2017 Doomni Assam Oolong again. Many floral and fruit notes. Bright, brisk. Not tannic. No harsh notes. Pleasant surprise to find a good Oolong at sealevel- it doesn't exactly have that high mountain mineral taste, but the estate is well-regarded and must have good terroir. I'm sure it...
by joelbct
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Darjeeling Updates 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1313

Darjeeling Updates 2017

Here is a thread for any updates on the 2017 Darjeeling shutdown's aftermath; news articles, primary source, general discussion, etc. The latest I could find, 2017-10-28: http://www.hindustantimes.com/kolkata/darjeeling-tea-gardens-reel-under-bandh-effect-workers-migrate-in-search-of-livelihood/stor...
by joelbct
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: White Tea
Topic: What White Are You Drinking
Replies: 96
Views: 30303

Re: What White Are You Drinking

Drinking Hojo's Gu Shu Yin Zhen. Has that quintessential succulent/mouthwatering melon essence of C sinensis flavor of high-quality white buds. Much more refined and elegant than some other Yunnan whites. Hojo's blog post about this one: http://hojotea.com/en/posts-58/ I will add some photos tomorro...
by joelbct
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Porcelain Tea Tasting Set
Replies: 5
Views: 1902

Re: Porcelain Tea Tasting Set

Hi Joel, can you confirm the type of tea what do you introduce us and where can to buy. A pleasure Lluis abad Do you mean where did I buy the tasting sets or the tea in the example pictures? Tasting Set: www.teafromtaiwan.com/utensils/tasting-set Tea pictured: Halmari Gold Tips: www.halmaritea.com/...
by joelbct
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Porcelain Tea Tasting Set
Replies: 5
Views: 1902

Re: Porcelain Tea Tasting Set

Looking at this set, I'm wondering how often are you using it- when you get a new tea to sample? If it was redesigned it would make a good travel set, i.e. remove handle, add wood or silicone on outside of brewing vessel to protect fingers from heat, and make serving cup fit under the brewing vesse...