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by mbanu
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Red Hat Society
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: Red Hat Society

Apparently it transformed from being a Southern California social club into a more national organization after being featured in the July 2000 issue of Romantic Homes magazine. I'm not 100% sure, but I think Romantic Homes is in the same magazine ecosystem as the other curly-script magazines , so th...
by mbanu
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Global Tea Hut
Replies: 62
Views: 14752

Re: Global Tea Hut

Do I need to understand zen philosophy in order for my tea to taste better? :geek: :geek: :geek: Part of it is that taste in tea is a learned habit; there are objective changes that can happen to a tea based on changing certain parameters, but there is no objective best tea taste. You can see this ...
by mbanu
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Groups, Clubs, & Events
Topic: Red Hat Society
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Red Hat Society

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Thought they deserved their own thread, as the older red-hatted ladies of the Red Hat Society often seem to be tearoom regulars wherever they are active in the U.S. I don't know much about their tea culture, though...
by mbanu
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 68
Views: 3435

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

In the export tea industry, larger versions of those bags have been around since 1974, although I don't know if or when Taiwan adopted this practice. For tea history fans, there is actually a first-hand account of the change in Barry W. Cooper's memoir, "Silver Spoons, Mad Baboons, and Other Tales o...
by mbanu
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 68
Views: 3435

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

It is a very confusing subject. Part of it comes down to, "Why would unsold tea be kept?" If you take the internet at face value, Taiwan is home to warehouse after warehouse stuffed full of decades-old oolong tea that was never sold or thrown away, despite being a populous island with a fixed amount...
by mbanu
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Research Corner: Interesting Journal Articles
Replies: 35
Views: 13388

Re: Research Corner: Interesting Journal Articles

A very helpful series is John B. Cloughley's "Storage Deterioration in Central African Tea" from 1980. It is a set of three papers, "The Effect of Some Production Variables on Theaflavin Degradation", "Methods of Reducing the Rate of Theaflavin Degradation", and "Changes in Chemical Composition, Sen...
by mbanu
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 68
Views: 3435

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

So the inadequate kill green leaves some active enzymes? Wouldn't these teas need humidity much as pu'erh does to age? Well, no humidity is not really no humidity; there is a comfortable level of humidity that people take for granted. So if the tea is not kept airtight it will inevitably be exposed...
by mbanu
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 68
Views: 3435

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

Step 1 is to have one of the handful of oolongs that can be aged. Most of these were produced accidentally through having a bad kill-green, so aging them is a bit like dry-storing white tea or loose pu'er. As far as I can tell these are a new thing invented by pu'er hunters in Taiwan buying old comp...
by mbanu
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What was the East Coast's equivalent of the Imperial Tea Court?
Replies: 1
Views: 200

What was the East Coast's equivalent of the Imperial Tea Court?

Meaning a business that was an early adopter of pu'er that popularized it among people who did not know about it. Did the old dim sum restaurants like Nom Wah in New York City serve pu'er? Like where would a person have tried pu'er on the East Coast in 1997?
by mbanu
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: Tea Books
Replies: 23
Views: 7876

Re: Tea Books

A surprise for me was "The Book of Tea & Herbs: Appreciating the Varietals and Virtues of Fine Tea and Herbs; a practical guide from the Ministry of Information" by The Republic of Tea. I had assumed it would be around on-par for those pack-in books that vendors sell about their own teas, but it is ...
by mbanu
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: The "curly script" magazines (Victoria, Southern Lady, TeaTime)
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: The "curly script" magazines (Victoria, Southern Lady, TeaTime)

Related to these, there is a book -- "Having Tea" by Catherine Calvert, Tricia Foley, and Keith Scott Morton. This was from 1987, pre-Victoria, but everyone involved eventually ended up at Victoria. It sort of shows the pressure of the early magazine, where the editorial aesthetics seem to require t...
by mbanu
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: NY Times article about beautiful tea
Replies: 52
Views: 4357

Re: NY Times article about beautiful tea

Tea doesn't have to be respectable all the time -- that's the basic idea behind that most ancient of tea-pets, the Pee Pee Boy. :)
by mbanu
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: NY Times article about beautiful tea
Replies: 52
Views: 4357

Re: NY Times article about beautiful tea

I don't find Global Tea Hut to be a reliable source of original information, but their translations are excellent. Their paper issues on Liu Bao are some of the only easily available English-language info out there on the subject that won't disappear into the internet graveyard one day. However, I d...
by mbanu
Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: The "curly script" magazines (Victoria, Southern Lady, TeaTime)
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: The "curly script" magazines (Victoria, Southern Lady, TeaTime)

i've never heard of those magazines, but where can this kind of tea culture still be found? is it at all common? Older hotels sometimes offer an afternoon tea. The internet suggests that in Chicago it will be at places like the Langham, Drake, and Peninsula hotels, but for a while hotel teas had a ...
by mbanu
Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Kombucha
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Kombucha

Surprised to see there isn't a kombucha thread yet! Discovered in Latvia in 1913, but supposedly originally from the Russia-China border region once known as Manchuria. Popularized by the Germans, and with no connection to Japan or Japanese seaweed tea whatsoever, other than that Manchuria had a ver...