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by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 60
Views: 11956

Re: Ethan Kurland

Addition to list of teas available from me via private message: DAYULING, Spring 2020: Harvested later than much of this Spring's crops & not hurt by frost, it is top quality. Prepared Western style these leaves harvested & rolled by hand are good for several infusions. Varying steeping times can hi...
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 919

Re: Tasting tea structurally

1. "Although it is impossible to eliminate all subjectivity from the tasting effort, focusing on structure is the most objective way I know of to evaluate tea. Using structural criteria, one should be able to determine whether a tea is 'fine' or 'poor' even if one does not like the tea being evalua...
by Ethan Kurland
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 124
Views: 18873

Re: Electric Kettles

Cool water to boiling for 1.7 L bonavita: 500 ml -- 2 minutes; 750 ml--3 minutes; 1 L --4 minutes. This is faster than the 1 L version; moreover, I had not heated 1 liter of water in the smaller kettle for years as it seems to put a strain on it. In fact for the last year of the 7 1/2 years that I u...
by Ethan Kurland
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 124
Views: 18873

Re: Electric Kettles

Youzi & faj,

Thanks for your replies. I tried using a stovetop kettle for several days. I can get by without better, but I don't want to.

I just ordered a 1.7 L bonavita from Walmart. It will be more awkward to handle but probably not so much that I would not adjust to it.

Cheers
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: 100K Da Yu Ling Harvest Update: Frost
Replies: 16
Views: 1507

Re: 100K Da Yu Ling Harvest Update: Frost

Announcement: Some dayuling of this Spring 2020 is better than DYL from last year.

Sampling & testing has confirmed that some well-situated farmer/producers who timed what they do differently than others have excellent DYL.

I have procured some & will write more about that in a week or so. Cheers
by Ethan Kurland
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Tasting tea structurally
Replies: 15
Views: 919

Re: Tasting tea structurally

Thanks for another concise, well-written blog that is informative & interesting. What you write about balance leads me to think about how I am able to enjoy a tea that has a flavor that I don't like usually (it has "green" or "vegetal" flavor which to me is usually unpleasant bitterness). I had not ...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun May 31, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Kettles & Heating Elements
Topic: Electric Kettles
Replies: 124
Views: 18873

Re: Electric Kettles

I have owned my 1 L Bonavita for 7 1/2 years. For the last couple of weeks it has not been reliable. I need to buy another electric kettle. I am considering buying the 1.7 L version because I when I want an initial infusion of a session, I often am impatient for it. I hope that heating only about 1/...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed May 27, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Tea/Teaware Vendors
Topic: Ethan Kurland
Replies: 60
Views: 11956

Re: Ethan Kurland

Additions to available teas ( on list several posts above this one): Gaoshan Spring 2020 from Taiwan: In 50-gram vacuum packs: SHANLINXI: From slightly higher altitude than previous years (now around 1800 meters high) this is very much the same & very slightly better (for my palate). Slightly floral...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue May 26, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1374
Views: 218676

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

I am drinking longfanshiu coming to me just now from Taiwan. This is lightly oxidized gaoshan has a significant amount of green flavor. This is a type of tea that I usually avoid because I am not fond of what many call "unami", a feeling & taste that builds up in one's mouth by the third infusion. S...
by Ethan Kurland
Sun May 24, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: Is that all there is? Challenging the orthodox view
Replies: 16
Views: 1695

Re: Is that all there is? Challenging the orthodox view

, don't sell cave living short until you've seem some of Kirsten Dirkson's YouTube videos about spectacular modern life in French limestone cave dwellings: 'form follows energy' you know. Points well made & hopefully they will be well taken. "Form follows energy" is not something I know but is some...
by Ethan Kurland
Tue May 12, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Oolong Vendor Topic
Replies: 124
Views: 36406

Re: Oolong Vendor Topic

balthazar, I have had a strange feeling about your avatar since seeing it. Today out of the blue, I remembered the movie, Au Hasard Balthazar by Robert Bresson. Not a barrel of laughs but a work of art, yes? I saw it at the Harvard Epworth Church at the edge of Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Mass. The pas...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri May 08, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Oolong Vendor Topic
Replies: 124
Views: 36406

Re: Oolong Vendor Topic

Rmt wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 3:57 am
. Any recommendations for specific teas or other vendors?

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It is easier to help if one has a full list of what someone wants or if that list includes almost all teas, a list of what someone does not want.
by Ethan Kurland
Sun May 03, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?
Replies: 45
Views: 2436

Re: Gong fu Brewing: What are your best tips for beginners?

If you are experimenting with > 2 teas, I suggest taking notes. One can get confused. (I remember temperatures but sometimes have trouble with other parameters.) When my preparation goes awry, I look at my notes and/or use my scale. (For timing instead of just standing by my teaware or walking away ...
by Ethan Kurland
Fri May 01, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: 100K Da Yu Ling Harvest Update: Frost
Replies: 16
Views: 1507

Re: 100K Da Yu Ling Harvest Update: Frost

It is easy to get obsessed with conceptions. We may believe that the best tea may come from the highest altitudes of tea-growing; or it comes from old trees, etc. Also "the best" (not for tea alone) may just be calling for us unreasonably. 1. The last time that I spent a lot of time in Tainan to tas...
by Ethan Kurland
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 295
Views: 60090

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

That's a good tea! John B. gave me about 15 grams of that a few years ago. Cheers