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by mbanu
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:21 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)

TeaTime (or is it Tea Time?) is an interesting one because there's not much info on why it was started; it looks like it was originally an offshoot of Southern Lady, as the first issue in Fall of 2003 had a "Southern Lady presents" tag on the cover: https://i.imgur.com/KuiuvcF.jpg In 2003, Pearl Dex...
by mbanu
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: News, Publications, & Research
Topic: The "curly script" magazines (Victoria, Southern Lady, TeaTime)
Replies: 6
Views: 563

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

These are all owned by the same company now, leading to the modern family resemblance. I've heard that Victoria Magazine was responsible in 90s America for the revival of interest in what James Norwood Pratt called, "the tea topics little old ladies of both sexes debate", a somewhat dismissive way o...
by mbanu
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Do you eat any snacks with your tea?
Replies: 40
Views: 2641

Re: Do you eat any snacks with your tea?

Almost always! Often in-between cups, of course, although there are some snacks that require the tea to enjoy, such as a dunked digestive biscuit. The cycle seems to be "This tea pairs with this snack-", then, "Do you know what pairs well with tea? Food.", then starting to think about the details, s...
by mbanu
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 366
Views: 78625

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Sri Lanka has a bit of an advantage because the fixed costs of building the plantations are already paid for, and because the tea-making process is industrialized so there is an economy of scale. In 2019 they produced 273,907,000 kilograms of orthodox tea; Sri Lanka has a population similar in size ...
by mbanu
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: White Tea
Topic: White Tea & Britney Spears?
Replies: 9
Views: 1471

Re: White Tea & Britney Spears?

teaformeplease wrote:
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:53 am
From what I can tell, Norwood got the story from the folks at Chado in L.A. where she was a customer.

https://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/my-first-tea-fest/
I am always amazed at your ability to find interesting blogs and blog posts -- thank you for your help!
by mbanu
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whatever happened to James Labe, popularizer of the term "Tea Sommelier"?
Replies: 0
Views: 285

Whatever happened to James Labe, popularizer of the term "Tea Sommelier"?

This was a big thing in the late 90s in the U.S. The idea was sort of hiring a professional tea-taster, but for a restaurant rather than a blender. A whole bunch of certifications developed, but then excitement over them started to cool. It was sort of a weird idea from the start, since the demands ...
by mbanu
Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: How to explain pleasant bitterness
Replies: 35
Views: 1783

Re: How to explain pleasant bitterness

The problem is less the flavor and more the language. When people hear "bitter" they think "bitter struggle", even if they like things like dark chocolate, black coffee, and IPAs or gin & tonics. So the thing to do is to find bitter things that they like that they most likely do not use the word bit...
by mbanu
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Teapots as pitchers
Replies: 19
Views: 1092

Re: Teapots as pitchers

I want to say that this is an old British trick, having a brewing teapot and a serving teapot, but maybe it is just mistaken for British. :) I do wonder what caused the split; when the fairness pitcher was invented, why did they go with a pitcher rather than another small teapot? My best guess is th...
by mbanu
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Can autumn harvest tea be this expensive?
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: Can autumn harvest tea be this expensive?

I think this is more about the local tea market; tea can be as expensive as someone is willing to pay, so the question becomes, will Denong customers buy the tea or not? Why would they buy that tea rather than another tea? This comes down to understanding who their customers are and why they buy wha...
by mbanu
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What's the purpose of a ringed lid on a Yixing pot?
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Re: What's the purpose of a ringed lid on a Yixing pot?

I suppose I thought it had a purpose or custom because it is used on a few different shapes. I saw it first in a book by Pan Chunfang on notable Yixing potters. A gourd-shaped teapot with a ringed lid was made by a famous early potter Chen Mansheng (maybe the inventor of the style?). It looked sort ...
by mbanu
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: What's the purpose of a ringed lid on a Yixing pot?
Replies: 4
Views: 450

What's the purpose of a ringed lid on a Yixing pot?

So what is the purpose of a ringed lid compared to a standard button lid? Or if it has no purpose other than custom, what's the origin of the custom?

By ringed lid, I mean a teapot that has a top like this:

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Anyone have any info?
by mbanu
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: White Tea
Topic: White Tea & Britney Spears?
Replies: 9
Views: 1471

White Tea & Britney Spears?

James Norwood Pratt mentioned in an article on the recent history of tea in America that white tea became popular after Britney Spears started drinking it when her personal trainer recommended it for health reasons, but I can't find much else on this... I wouldn't be surprised if it was the case, as...
by mbanu
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stepping it up in Quality
Replies: 11
Views: 867

Re: Stepping it up in Quality

Last year, after sampling a Sencha at Kettl in NY I bought like 5 bags of it; it was $35 / 100g. It was worth the extra $10 over my usually mid-range tea. Getting to sample it was nice because I knew I liked it so when I later placed an order I make it cost effective (shipping, etc.). I think this ...
by mbanu
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Characteristics of Shou
Replies: 14
Views: 1187

Re: Characteristics of Shou

I think the reason people focus on age online is because so many folks want to gongfu their shou, and old shou is flatter than fresh shou so it works with this brewing method better. What does "flatter" mean in this context? The flavor fades. It puzzled me for a while because fresh shou already tas...
by mbanu
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Characteristics of Shou
Replies: 14
Views: 1187

Re: Characteristics of Shou

I think the reason people focus on age online is because so many folks want to gongfu their shou, and old shou is flatter than fresh shou so it works with this brewing method better.